By Evan Moore
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall knows what it is like to deal with a mental illness.
The All-Pro receiver reached out to troubled former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young during the offseason.
Like Marshall, Young has issues with mental health issues. In May, Young was charged with four felonies and seven misdemeanors stemming from three separate arrests in less than a week. Marshall wishes that he was able to do more.
“I wish I was able to get to him earlier,” Marshall told the Detroit Free Press. “When we were in a process of him coming down to Florida, it was right there where things could potentially get worse, and unfortunately they got worse.”
Marshall, who has become an outspoken advocate for mental-health awareness, said the media was quick to judge Young without knowing his illness.
“It’s one of those things where when you see a guy struggling, we shouldn’t make fun of him,” Marshall said. “He was a punchline for many weeks on ESPN, on NFL Network, on Twitter, on all those social media sites. But no one understood the longer he was going to go untreated the worse it was going to get, and we saw that. That’s a good illustration for all of us how things can turn out if we don’t take care of ourselves early.”
Titus Young has pre-trial conference scheduled for Nov. 21.
He faces up to 10 years in prison.