As human beings, when those amongst us struggle with problems, it’s never a proper reaction to sit back and gawk, but rather find them the help they deserve, or at the very least, wish them well along the road to recovery.
Former Detroit Lions’ wide receiver Titus Young has a major problem. Ever since he left the Lions, he’s been trying to fight plenty of demons. More often than not, the demons have won those battles within.
That was the case again July 9, when Young was picked up for a felony charge, battery with serous bodily injury, and is now imprisoned in Los Angeles. Young was also facing four felonies and seven other criminal charges separately. He’s now likely forever distinguished himself as a danger to society until further notice.
Those closest to Young have long maintained that the former wide receiver needs professional treatment for mental disorders, and had even been receiving treatment in the past. Clearly, between then and now, something went awry once again personally for Young.
At this point, the issue is bigger than just football. Someone close in Young’s life needs to step up and find a way to an awakening for the person they love and care about before he harms himself or someone else greatly. That, of course, will do more damage in the long run than any of the public relations fallout or even the loss of his career.
Perhaps Young will finally have his own personal awakening and get the help he needs and deserves while in prison. Perhaps the reality of doing hard time will awaken him to what’s really important in the world, once he’s able to be released and hopefully get his life on the right track. It’s currently the best-case scenario, seeing as nothing else has worked.
Lions’ fans shouldn’t be tempted to look at Young as another malcontent who blew his chance at stardom by being a usual immature, out of control jock. At this point, it’s clear Young’s problem transcends issues of personal maturity. Personality wise, there’s simply something that’s just not right. A chink in the armor. A fly in the ointment. In those situations, compassion and care are needed most.
Turn the other cheek, wish Young well, and do not let lingering anger for what Detroit may have lost on the field dictate your feelings about the man. Throw him a life preserver and say a prayer if you’re religious. In the end, the saving of a human soul is more important than any touchdown catch will ever be.
Hopefully, Young can soon get his life back on track, putting his myriad of complicated issues behind him for good.