Skip to content

Former Lions receiver Titus Young sentenced to four years in prison

Getty Images

The sad case of Lions receiver Titus Young has culminated in a four-year prison term.

Young, a 2011 second-round pick from Boise State, has been sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to felony battery arising from a January 2016 incident, according to TMZ. The situation arose after Young left an inpatient mental treatment facility and beat up his neighbor.

Young spent two years with the Lions, catching a total of 81 passes for 990 yards and four touchdowns. Twitter tirades about his role in January 2013 set the stage for Young’s release. He was claimed on waivers by the Rams, dumped again less than two weeks later, and never returned to the league.

The legal issues began with a pair of arrests on the same day in May 2013, first for suspicion of DUI and next for trying to steal his car from the impoundment yard. Another incident happened within a week, for burglary, assault, and resisting arrest. (A homeowner nearly shot Young.)

At one point, Young’s lawyer attributed the behavior to concussions.

Young eventually pleaded no contest to felony battery charges, which resulted in probation plus a year of inpatient treatment. It was the inpatient facility from which Young left before committing the crime that has now resulted in the extended incarceration.

It’s an unfortunate end for Young, who is still only 27.

Permalink 24 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Detroit Lions, Home, Rumor Mill
24 Responses to “Former Lions receiver Titus Young sentenced to four years in prison”
  1. uglydingo says: Apr 10, 2017 6:03 PM

    Timely reminder with the Draft so close for all teams to assess the mental health of prospects. Titus has a major problem and lets hope he takes his medication to deal with it.

  2. lenthevikesfan says: Apr 10, 2017 6:04 PM

    At least in the US prison system he’ll get the help he needs before they release him back to the public. That’s typed with heavy sarcasm.

  3. niners816 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:07 PM

    You can blame it on mental illness all you want, and I do, to a degree blame some of it on that, but he knows right from wrong and should be accountable for the stuff he’s done. Some people deserve to be locked up and he’s one of them.

  4. patfic5 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:20 PM

    Safest place for him.

  5. southpaw79 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:28 PM

    If I offered a penny for his thoughts, I would have to ask for change back.

  6. coats2m says: Apr 10, 2017 6:32 PM

    Another one of Matt Millen’s finest….

  7. dabears2485 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:38 PM

    It’s not a nice “unfortunate end.” He’s not dead. Hitting rock bottom isn’t the end, but it can be a new beginning. Hopefully, he gets the help he needs and comes out better than before.

  8. ariani1985 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:51 PM

    Ted Thompson loves troubled players, he is on line 1 thru 10 in 4 years and 1 day.

  9. ocdn says: Apr 10, 2017 6:54 PM

    Let’s hope he gets the help he needs some day….

  10. kjack0077 says: Apr 10, 2017 8:01 PM

    An NFL football player who has a history of concussions, who during or after his career is over begins to display violent or criminal behavior needs mental care, medication and support. It should all be the financial responsibility of the NFL. This guy is mentally ill and the prison is not going to fix his issues. I hope you gets his life together.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 10, 2017 8:50 PM

    27 is still young for a career in prison.

  12. smithdogg22 says: Apr 10, 2017 8:55 PM

    Fire Millen!

  13. Hoboken Squat Cobbler says: Apr 10, 2017 9:33 PM

    He dint do nuttin

  14. maverick2560 says: Apr 10, 2017 9:51 PM

    If he is sentenced to a state prison …he will not get the help he needs.
    If in a Federal prison he may have a good chance at treatment. This is
    an example of the on-going tension of mental Health vs criminal behavior and the penalties. The defendant who is often mentally ill
    is at the risk of the venue he or she is charged. Some courts and
    Judge’s understand the issue …in many local counties it is hit or miss
    with the Judges capabilities of understanding the mental issues.,
    In this case it seems a little overboard to sentence a mentally ill person
    to such a long term.

  15. bpacha77511 says: Apr 10, 2017 10:43 PM


    I agree he needs mental health help and maybe psychoactive drugs. I disagree that the NFL should be held responsible. I mean why just the nfl? Theyve probably been playing ball and getting their “bell rung” since either pee wee league or jr high. So why not sue them? Why just sue the NFL? Its easy…. The nfl has the most money. Bottom line is yhat even though jocks are supposed to be not that smart they have to know getting hit in the head cannot be that healthy. So they weigh options and make the choice to play football. So the nfl responsible. Imho

  16. Duckhomie says: Apr 10, 2017 10:52 PM

    Surprising? No. More like typical.

  17. fedora59 says: Apr 10, 2017 10:58 PM

    At least he wasn’t naked when he got arrested like that other guy Stanley Jr.
    He’s got that goin for him.

  18. onebuffalove716 says: Apr 10, 2017 11:13 PM

    after his career is over begins to display violent or criminal behavior needs mental care, medication and support. It should all be the financial responsibility of the NFL. This guy is mentally ill and the prison is not going to fix his issues. I hope you gets his life together.

    Does your company offer that to you after they no longer employee you?

  19. 1980hipster says: Apr 10, 2017 11:19 PM

    People with mental illnesses shouldn’t be locked up in jails and prisons, where they’re illnesses are left untreated. They need to be hospitalized. Mental illnesses left untreated don’t get better on their own, they only worsen. As of 2014, 20% of inmates in county jails and 15% in state prisons have serious mental illnesses (per Treatment Advocacy Center). I’m not advocating for someone with a mental illness who commits a crime be let free. I’m advocating that they need to placed in a secure psychiatric hospital where they can be treated.

  20. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 10, 2017 11:19 PM

    I can’t explain why people want to ignore the elephant in the room. CTE is a major issue within the sport. We just have a lot of fans who can’t or won’t acknowledge it. Probably because they’re scared it could cause their beloved game to go the way of the dodo bird. I love the NFL, but I’m also aware that this league has way more cases of suicide and sudden bizarre behavior than all other pro sports combined. It’s not coincidence. Someone with integrity should make an article about all the cases of sudden behavioral changes plus all the players that were proven to have CTE post-humously. There’s plenty of evidence that CTE is a very real thing, whether folks want to see it or not.

  21. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Apr 10, 2017 11:37 PM

    Martin Mayhew drafted Titus Young

  22. leef2020 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:12 AM

    Re: “Fire Millen!”

    – Titus was drafted by Martin Mayhew.

    Glad he’s locked up before he seriously injured himself or anyone else. Dude needs some serious help.

  23. alwaters9 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:29 AM

    coats2m says:
    Apr 10, 2017 6:32 PM
    Another one of Matt Millen’s finest….

    Sorry, Millen was fired in 2008, Young drafted in 2011.

  24. nothingman says: Apr 11, 2017 12:43 AM

    Part eulogy, part cautionary tale… all tragedy.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!