Found May 31, 2013 on The Victory Formation:

The NFL often gets accused of not getting themselves involved in helping players until well after the fact. But according to a report from Eric Adelson of Yahoo!Sports, NFL director of player engagement Troy Vincent claims the league offered former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young help nearly 18 months before many of his problems came to a head after someone close to Young came to his office. Young declined any help and counseling that was offered. “It was someone very, very close to him who was just concerned – really concerned,” Vincent told Yahoo! Sports by phone on Tuesday. “Once we got the call, we sent someone out to meet with him.” Vincent said his department “tried multiple times” to work with Young to no avail. “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 currently sits in a California jail, as he deals with multiple arrests from earlier in the month, and is not able to be reached for a comment, and his current agent delcined [...]

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