Titus Young ignores judge during court appearance

If Titus Young is truly on the road to recovery, he’s got an interesting way of showing it.

The troubled free agent receiver, who’s been arrested four times this month (twice in a 15-hour span), appeared in a California court Friday and learned he’d be facing a total of 11 criminal charges, including attempted burglary.

His reaction? Stoicism.

According to USA Today, Young, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and appearing inside a protective cage, completely ignored Judge Andre Manssourian during proceedings.

“Good morning, sir.”

No reply.

“Can you hear me?”

No reply.

“Are you Titus Demetrius Young?”

No reply.

Young’s attorney, Altus W. Hudson II, maintains that his client was simply exercising his right to remain silent. Young’s father, Richard, called out to his son, who he claims is suffering from a brain disorder. But he, too, received no reply. His family members refused to comment after the hearing.

The silence apparently did little to help Young’s case. Judge Manssourian raised his bail from $25,000 to $50,000, claiming, “Mr. Young poses a danger to the community.”

Young’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 4, with a preliminary hearing set for June 6. In the meantime, Hudson recommends the 23-year-old to stay behind bars.

“Uh, huh,” the attorney said when asked if remaining in incarcerated is in Young’s best interests.

It’s been said too often in recent weeks, but Young has a long way to go before his life — let alone career — is back on the right track.

Zack Kelberman
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  • Obviously the young man needs help. Incarceration will not help him, turn him over to a mental institution to rehab him. The NFL needs to take care of him, obviously he was injured on the job and then cast aside.

    If I was his parents I would put him in a mental institution and sue the NFL for expense and additional monetary compensation to take care of him for the rest of his life.

    The guy is definately injured from playing a dangerous and violent sport that we have come to love (NFL).

    • Do what?

      What in the hell are you smokin’ DOD?

      I was getting ready to say, based on your statement, that it’s obvious you’ve never been to law school, but in your case, I had to clarify my statement by saying, it’s obvious you never attended class beginning with kindergarten!

      The best advice I could give this young man (as it pertains to him and the community he resides in) is to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline, where hopefully, they’ll put him on hold!

      PS. That advice would probably serve you proper as well!

      • shane

        what are you smoking Duane? I fancy myself as a bit of a racist and I have zero tolerance for anyone who has a great talent and pisses it away. with that said even I must agree that theres something wrong with this kid. I also think going after the nfl is a good idea. who gets arrested 4 times in a month? he needs his brain looked at. but I am also not blaming the nfl or the sport. every proud athlete wears there injury like a badge of honor. im a hockey guy, so im proud of facial scares and chipped teeth. for football players, getting their melon messed up is all apart of the game.

        • lakawak

          Who gets arrested 4 times in a month? CRIMINALS. IT isnot the injuries from sports…it is the fact that the major colleges are recruiting criminals these days. Brain injuries do not make you a criminal. My god children…STOP ACTING LIKE EXPERTS ON EVERYTHING! Especially when you so clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

          • here’s the problem with going after the NFL in this case, he has previous transgressions with the law, and had a scholarship withdrawn from USC, for his attitude and past issues. this isn’t an “NFL head trauma case” esp since he only played 26 games, this is a “this guy has always been trouble but had football to keep him in line, and now that’s gone and he has nothing” case.

    • lakawak

      AMAZING! Why do people do to years and years of post graduate work to become psychiatrists when all it takes to diagnose someone based on a very short article is to have an internet account!

  • shane

    omg!!!! I have been reading about this kids conduct for a month now, this article isn’t the first time ive read about him. and obviously you are not an athlete of any kind. you try having just one helmet to helmet hit and then you tell me how your brain in feeling. DOD and I are only suggesting some mental issues my be present. instead of insulting or us or trying to, just post your stupid comments. since you know nothing of our education you should just shut the fuck up!!!!!!!!!!!!! you don’t know us. how many criminals have gotten arrested 4 times in a month the past 100 yrs? it just doesn’t happen often and when it does obviously theres a problem.

  • shane

    all im saying is theres a probable cause to look at his mentality, if there is an issue there then rehab will have different needs that the prison system doesn’t have to offer. if titus young is normal and just a career criminal then lock up the N#!#$@$ and throw away the key. I also want to say that if there is a head injury problem it probably happened long before his usc or nfl days. but being that he made it to 26 games makes me think the nfl is on the hook for help.

  • MIKE

    this guy needs a foot up his ass. leave his ass in jail.i’ll bet somene will fix his wagon.