Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young pleaded not guilty in an Orange County, Calif., court Tuesday to three felony charges and five misdemeanor charges, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office told Yahoo! Sports. He was still being held on a $25,000 bail as of Tuesday evening. Six of the eight charges stemmed from an incident last Friday in which Young allegedly broke into a home in San Clemente and then fought with police as they apprehended him.
However, two felony charges were added as a result of Young allegedly later being caught on video stealing water, candy and cigars from a gas station convenience store in Laguna Hills on May 4, according to the court filings. The Laguna Hills incident was earlier reported by The Detroit News.
All of that comes on top of Young being arrested twice on May 5 in Moreno Valley. The first was for suspicion of driving under the influence. The other was for Young allegedly breaking into a tow yard where his car had been taken. Young has been cited, but has yet to be charged by authorities there.
Young was a second-round pick by the Lions in 2011. He was cut at the end of last season after continued erratic behavior. That included punching teammate Louis Delmas during an offseason practice last year and intentionally lining up in the wrong spot during a game late in the season.
After Young was cut by Detroit, the St. Louis Rams claimed him on waivers. However, the Rams cut him only 10 days later. Team sources have indicated that Young's behavior continued to be erratic.
On Tuesday, Young's father Richard said his son was suffering mental issues which are the aftereffects of a concussion he suffered while playing for Detroit. Young has never been reported to have a concussion in his career and the Lions declined to comment on the situation.
"He had a concussion," Richard Young said. "He got hurt. He got to get fixed."
The elder Young said his son has been in a mental institution this offseason and was planning to undergo further evaluation. In addition, his son has been taking medication for mental disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
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