Friends urge Titus Young to get help after third arrest (w/video)

May 12, 2013 

— The troubles keep mounting for former Boise State and Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young, who was arrested in San Clemente, Calif., late Friday — his third arrest in a week.

Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Joe Balicki said the 23-year-old Young was arrested for allegedly breaking into a home. Balicki said Young fought with deputies after a foot chase.

Young has been charged with attempted burglary, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He was in custody Sunday on $75,000 bail, and is expected to make a court appearance Tuesday.

The homeowner in San Clemente said he was preparing to shoot Young before he ran away. Bill Plattos told KTLA in Los Angeles that he keeps an unloaded rifle under his bed. He grabbed it when he heard footsteps.

"I was by the door and, all of a sudden, the door opened up," Plattos told the television station. (Video is below.) "I just yelled at him, 'You better get the hell out of my house.'"

Young then fought with officers.

“I feel sorry for him, and I’m sure glad that he left and I didn’t have to find out what’s going to happen if he came in,” Palttos said, “because I’m afraid I would have shot him.”

E.C. Robinson, Young's high school football coach, told the Idaho Statesman that he has noticed a change in Young in recent months. The pair had a conversation on Christmas, when Young visited Robinson's house, and another talk last month.

"I do believe he's got a mental problem. Something is wrong with Titus," Robinson said.

Robinson said Young has been in and out of rehab facilities for help with his mental condition in recent months.

"Maybe by him getting arrested, it will wake him up to say I need help and try to get some professional help," Robinson said. "If not he’s going to hurt somebody or somebody’s going to kill him."

On May 5, Young was arrested in Riverside County on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was arrested again the same day for trying to take his car from a tow yard.

The Moreno Valley Police Department charged him for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was issued a citation and later released. That afternoon, officers responded to a local tow yard after a man was seen climbing over a fence. The man was Young, who said he was looking for his impounded black Mustang. Young was charged with burglary and booked again at the same detention center.

Former Boise State teammates, including George Iloka, took to social media to express their concern to Young on Sunday.

“I hope he finds the help he needs seriously,” Iloka tweeted. “Sad to see anyone with that much potential n promise down spiral like he has.”

The Lions drafted Young in 2011, but released him in February after a drop in productivity and disputes with teammates. Young was sent home from the Lions' practice facility three times in six months.

He sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas before the 2012 season, was sent home for purposefully lining up in the wrong spots on offense and then sent home again for a negative attitude.

Young was drafted in the second round after a stellar career at Boise State. He received a $1.8 million signing bonus with the Lions. He made $465,000 in 2012 and was contracted to make more than $1.2 million in the next two seasons with Detroit.

In two seasons with the Lions, Young has 81 receptions for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns.

At Boise State, Young was suspended for nearly all of his sophomore season. He returned to the team and posted huge numbers as a junior and senior. In his final two seasons in Boise, the speedy receiver had 150 receptions for 2,256 yards and 25 total touchdowns.

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