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Report: Former Boise State, NFL receiver Titus Young sentenced to prison

Former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young, seen here in 2012 while with the Detroit Lions, was sentenced to four years in prison Monday.
Former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young, seen here in 2012 while with the Detroit Lions, was sentenced to four years in prison Monday.

The tumultuous post-football life of former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young added another chapter Monday when he was sentenced to four years in prison for a January 2016 assault, according to TMZ Sports.

Young had left a court-ordered mental healthy facility and was arrested Jan. 30, 2016 after getting in a fight with a neighbor. He was charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury. According to TMZ Sports’ report, he has been in county jail in Los Angeles since August.

When his Boise State career concluded in 2010, Young left as the Broncos’ No. 1 all-time leader in receiving yards with 3,063. Thomas Sperbeck broke that record last fall. Young was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and appeared to have a bright future, with 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns his first two seasons.

However, he had shown signs of concern, starting in his rookie year when he punched a New Orleans Saints defender in 2011, sucker-punching a teammate in May 2012 and deliberately lining up in the wrong spot and getting into a verbal altercation during a game in November 2012. He was cut in February 2013 and claimed by the Rams, but was let go after little more than a week.

Young’s legal issues began in May 2013 when he was arrested three times in one week on suspicion of DUI, then for trying to steal his car from the impound lot, and later for stealing from a convenience store, then resisting arrest. He faced 11 charges, four felonies, for the spree, but a trial was delayed as he was seeking treatment.

In July 2014, Young was arrested again for battery, facing one felony and four misdemeanors after attacking his lawyer. He avoided prison, getting five years’ probation.

In a Sports Illustrated story, written in 2013, Young’s father believes his behavior is the result of a brain disorder related to a concussion he suffered in 2011 as a rookie.

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