The NFL reached out to troubled wide receiver Titus Young before his escalating off-the-field problems occurred.
Troy Vincent, the NFL's director of player engagement, told Yahoo! Sports this week that someone close to Young called the league last year concerned about the mental well-being of the then-Detroit Lions wide receiver.
"Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him," Vincent said.
Young, 23, was arrested three times in one week earlier this month in California, including twice in one day. He has been in jail since May 11 in Orange County and faces up 10 years in prison on 11 counts of burglary, attempted burglary and assaulting officers. He could also be prosecuted on a DUI charge.
Vincent said the league tried several times to help Young.
"We were told he was not interested in support," Vincent said. "We went to people very close to his center of influence, to reach out to see how we can support him. The response was of someone who is not open arms to being supported."
Young was released by the Lions in February because of a lack of production and behavioral problems.
Young's father told Detroit newspapers earlier this month that his son is mentally ill and needs help.
The Lions drafted Young in 2011.