Titus Young released from jail

Updated: August 27, 2013, 10:18 AM ET
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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young has posted bond and has been released from an Orange County jail where he was being held for allegedly trying to burglarize a San Clemente home.

According to the Orange County Sheriffs' inmate tracking website, Young posted bond and was released Thursday.

The Detroit News reported the amount of the bond was $50,000.

In Orange County, Young faces four felony charges and seven misdemeanors stemming from a May 11 break-in that ended in a scuffle with two police officers.

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Riverside County prosecutors have charged the 23-year-old Young with trespassing. He was arrested there May 5 for allegedly driving under the influence and was arrested again that day for allegedly trying to steal his car from a Moreno Valley tow yard.

The mother of his son also filed for a permanent restraining order, citing threats of domestic violence.

The NFL says it tried to assist Young 18 months ago, around the time he was wrapping up a solid rookie season with Detroit. Back then, he had shown few signs of being the character risk teams feared he might be coming out of Boise State, where he sat out most of the 2008 season for disciplinary reasons.

Troy Vincent, a former player who is the NFL's senior vice president for player engagement, said Young rejected several offers of help after someone close to him contacted the league -- long before he was arrested last month.

His high school coach in Los Angeles, E.C. Robinson, remembers seeing his former player last Christmas, when the coach's wife told Young to turn around the ball cap he had on backward and pull up his sagging pants. Young was also going on about how he was better than All-Pro teammate Calvin Johnson in Detroit.

Young's behavior was much more alarming a couple of months later. Robinson said his daughter had to grab Young to keep him from wandering into traffic in front of their house, and the coach said Young didn't even know the St. Louis Rams had released him 11 days after the Lions did the same thing because of his erratic behavior.

"He shouldn't be out on the streets," Robinson said. "The day he left my house, I was scared. I mean, you've got a loose cannon out there that could go off anytime."

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Tim Fuller/US PresswireTitus Young played in 26 games for the Lions, catching 81 passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns before being released by the team in February.

Robinson said Young's parents were concerned enough to take the car keys from their son after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence May 5, then taken in again 15 hours later after authorities say he was seen scaling a fence to try to retrieve his car from the tow yard in Moreno Valley, east of Los Angeles. 

The family went to a facility at UCLA after those arrests, but there wasn't room for Young to stay overnight, Robinson said. The next day, Young asked for his keys to get his cellphone from his car, and moments later he was gone. That night -- May 10 -- Young was arrested after authorities say they found him in bushes outside the home of a man whose call to authorities was the third in about six hours from the same neighborhood in San Clemente, about 60 miles from Young's parents' house.

A future in the NFL seems uncertain at best for Young, a second-round pick in 2011 who has 990 yards and 10 touchdowns over two seasons.

Young's father, Richard Young, said his son started changing after sustaining a concussion early in his rookie season. Young never appeared on the league's injury report with a concussion, although he did battle various ailments in his two seasons. Vincent said he wasn't aware of Young having a concussion.

"They never treated my son and he just kept on playing, and I think it just got worse," said Richard Young, who told a Detroit newspaper that his son has a brain disorder but didn't know the name of it. "Everything just started tumbling down."

Titus Young was suspended for most of his sophomore season at Boise State for reasons never disclosed by coach Chris Petersen, who declined comment after the recent string of arrests. Young shaped up enough to become the first Broncos receiver with two 1,000-yard seasons.

Young avoided trouble his first year in Detroit, but things suddenly changed when he punched teammate Louis Delmas while the safety wasn't looking during offseason workouts. His final act in Detroit was intentionally lining up in the wrong place during a game against Green Bay late last season. The Lions put Young on season-ending injured reserve in early December even though he was physically healthy.

Robinson said Young admitted at Christmas that he meant to line up that way, telling his former coach he was trying to end up where he knew quarterback Matthew Stafford was throwing the ball.

"That's when he went on to tell me, 'They're not giving me the ball' and 'I'm better than Calvin Johnson,'" Robinson said. "I said, 'Titus, you're not as good as Calvin Johnson.' I could tell then. I could see a change."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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