Titus Young Update: Dad blames concussion for son's erratic behavior, report says

Titus Young
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(CBS/AP) DETROIT - Richard Young, father of former NFL player Titus Young, said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press that her son's erratic behavior stems from a concussion. 

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Titus Young, 23, has been making headlines in the past week but not any in relation to sports. He was arrested last Friday for the third time that week in just five days.

The paper reports Titus was strolling around Los Angeles on Friday with his father, when they got home he said he needed to get his phone from the car but took off instead.

At around midnight the same day, Young was once again in police custody. This time facing charges for burglary, assault on a peace officer and a misdemeanor account for resisting arrest.

Richard Young told the Detroit Free Press that Titus has looked for help in several outpatient facilities in Texas and California.

"I hope they just forgive Titus because this ain't none of Titus, it wasn't none of his fault," Richard Young said. "I look at my son right now, I don't see my son. That's not my son. I know my son. Titus is not the boy I really raised, I'm saying the way he act, the way he intermix in society right now. He shut down, he look through you, it's like he's depressed. He don't like to watch TV, he don't like to get involved with music that much. And these are the things that you've got to know what's going on in the world. Cause we in the world, you've got to have a relationship with the world. You've got to deal with people. I don't know, but we've been trying to get him help."

Young has been involved in a series of incidents over the years, reports the paper. The Lions suspended Young in several occasions for his behavioral issues; they also tried to get him treatment.

During the interview, Richard also told the paper that Titus said "Daddy, I don't know what's wrong with me." He reportedly said he didn't feel good then started crying.

The football player has been prescribed anti-psychotic medication but he hasn't been taking them regularly. His father said the problems are the results of a concussion, this could be an explanation to his erratic behavior lately.

Young's first arrest last week was on Monday when he made an illegal left turn in front of a cop car and got arrested. About 15 hours later, he was taken in again for jumping a fence into a tow yard where his car was taken in an attempt to steal it back.

The third arrest happened on Friday , Young was passed out inside his car on a private home's driveway. The homeowner called the authorities but when they arrived he sped off, almost hitting a fire truck. Later on the same day, Young broke into a home through a window and the resident reportedly scared him off with a rifle.

The Detroit Free Press reports Young is scheduled for a video arraignment today, but it's unlikely that a hearing will take place considering his bizarre behavior.

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