The NFL reached out to Titus Young almost 18 months ago, but the then-Detroit Lions wide receiver declined the league's help, according to the league's director of player engagement Troy Vincent in a Yahoo! Sports report.
Early this month, Young was arrested three times in one week, and now remains in an Orange County, Calif. jail facing up to 10 years in prison on charges of burglary, attempted burglary and assaulting police. In addition, Riverside County, Calif. prosecutors are considering charging Young for DUI and burglary.
From Yahoo! Sports:
Vincent said a member of Young's inner circle phoned the NFL last year expressing concern about the troubled wide receiver.
"It was someone very, very close to him who was just concerned – really concerned," Vincent told Yahoo! Sports by phone on Tuesday. "Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him."
Vincent said his department "tried multiple times" to work with Young to no avail.
"We were told he was not interested in support," Vincent said. "We went to people very close to his center of influence, to reach out to see how we can support him. The response was of someone who is not open arms to being supported."
Young's agent, Kevin Poston, declined comment.
In February, the Lions released Young after a fight with teammate Louis Delmas and multiple incidents with the Detroit coaching staff during the 2012 season. Young’s father, Richard, told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month that his son has undergone treatment at three outpatient facilities but never stayed with the programs. Richard Young said he thought the NFL helped connect Young with one of the facilites.