Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young declined to accept the NFL's offer to help him 18 months before he ended up in prison, a Yahoo! Sports report said.

Young, who was arrested three times in one week in Early May, is currently in jail in California and faces up to ten years in prison on 11 counts of burglary, attempted burglary and assaulting officers.

A close friend contacted the NFL last year due to the concern he had about Young.

Troy Vincent, the league's director of player engagement, said that they attempted to contact Young a number of times but he wasn't responsive.

"We were told he was not interested in support," Vincent told Yahoo! Sports. "We went to people very close to his centre 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 has a long list of controversial incidents that have blighted his career. In February, Detroit Lions released him after a series of altercations with members of the coaching staff at the club.

In November he was dismissed from training due to 'poor behaviour' and last year was found guilty of 'sucker-punching' Louis Delmas

After his release from the Lions in February, St. Louis Rams but let him go after just nine days.

Many former team-mates have expressed their concern with Young's behaviour and even his father admitted to two Detroit newspapers that his son's mind is "not capable to go out and deal with society.

Troy Vincent has revealed that although Young is now in prison, his department are still willing to help him at no cost.

"We can reach out, which we have done," Vincent says. "We look to assist and support—to get him on track. We've reached out. We have been reaching out prior to his last incident. We've been working hard for quite some time in this situation. Everything is available to him."

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