Titus Young's father claims son has brain disorder and needs help

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested three times last week, and now his father, Richard, is speaking up as to why his son has fallen on hard times.

Richard Young told the Detroit News Monday that his son suffers from a brain disorder and needs professional help.

The elder Young says the condition is caused by the brain being compressed into the front of the skull, though he couldn't recall the name of the disorder.

"He's not dealing with it the way he should be," Young's father said. "If the judge gives him a court order, then maybe he'll get the help he needs."

Titus Young was arrested Friday night and charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a San Clemente, Calif. home and trying to flee from police. According to the paper, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said that Young's behavior was erratic at the time of the arrest and it "certainly warrants a psychological evaluation."

Richard Young says that his son has always been temperamental, but his behavior has changed significantly in recent months. He also says that he noticed a change in his son's temperament after Titus Young suffered a concussion during his rookie season, though the Lions never listed that on their injury report.

The team refused comment to the paper.

Though Titus Young has medication to control his issues, his father says he has not been following the treatment plan. Doctors told Richard that treatment could last up to six months.

In all, Richard Young says his son is just trying to get back on track.

"When he's around us, his mind comes and goes," Richard Young said. "He can't really defend himself, and I don't want ya'll thinking he's a bad person."

 
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