Titus Young, the troubled former Detroit Lions wide receiver, suffers from traumatic brain injury caused by repeated blows to the head, according to a TMZ.com report on Sunday.
The evaluation comes from specialists who are treating Young at the Crosby Center, a mental health facility in San Diego. He’s been there a week and is expected to stay at least six more weeks, per the report.
The brain injury has contributed to his violent behavior, per TMZ.com.
Young was arrested and involved in five incidents in less than two years and was in a Los Angeles County jail awaiting trial before going to the facility.
He still faces criminal charges.
The intake coordinator at the center told TMZ.com that Young has been responding positively to the treatment.
Young, a second-round pick of the Lions in 2011, was released by the Lions on Feb. 4, 2013. He sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas and became a distraction for the team in 2012 and was not allowed to finish the season.
His first arrests came on May 5, 2013, in southern California, when he was arrested twice in 15 hours — once for suspicion of DUI and then for trying to break into the impound center to get his Mustang back.