Downward spiral continues for Titus Young, who needs help

Titus Young was a highly-touted second-round pick only two years ago. The guy isn't even 24 years old yet. But Young's NFL career is already a memory and now we have to begin to fear for Young's long-term health and security. 

The former Detroit Lions wide receiver has been arrested three times this week

Young, who was arrested two in less than 15 hours last weekend in Moreno Valley, Calif., was cuffed again late Friday night after allegedly breaking into a home in San Clemente, Calif.

From the Detroit News

When officers arrived at the home, Young fled on foot, and after a brief pursuit, he fought with the officers, Balicki said Sunday.

"There was a brief struggle," he said. "He wanted to fight with the deputies. They ended up subduing him."

Young has been charged with burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. As of 1 p.m. Sunday, he was still in custody with bail set at $75,000.

So now Young in trouble for suspicion of DUI, an alleged burglary attempt to steal back his car after said (alleged) DUI, and has been charged with burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. 

This is why he slipped in the draft in the first place. The guy just can't stay out of trouble, and it's a shame. It's a sad waste of talent, but it could also become a sad waste of a life if Young doesn't seek and get help. We're all entertained by the sideshow, but sometimes guys like this were never given an out. I'm not letting him off the hook, but circumstances have to be considered here. 

We can't give up on people this quickly. Writing Young off is the easy thing to do, but it's lazy. We're only as strong as our weakest links in this country. Let's home that someone reaches out to help rehabilitate this kid, rather than letting him continue to spiral toward a life behind bars.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.