Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is no stranger to off-field issues. Marshall was living a troubled life when he wasn’t on the field, but he went out and got help from medical professionals who diagnosed him with bipolar disorder and allowed him to get his life back on the right path.
Because of his past troubles, it should come as no surprise that Marshall is taking interest in the Titus Young stories that have been making the rounds the past few weeks.
Young has been arrested three times within a week and Marshall is now speaking out in hopes that Young can get the help that he deserves. Marshall spoke with Trey Wingo on NFL Live to share his thoughts on the Young situation and he had some advice.
“He needs to get the right treatment plan,” Marshall said, via Pro Football Talk. “I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder a few years and got the right help, the right treatment, and now I’m advocating for it. Mental health in itself is just so stigmatized, it’s a taboo topic in our homes, in our communities, and we need more people to talk about it and not make Titus Young or people like myself or others who can’t fight for themselves a national punchline.
“Guys like Titus Young, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be diagnosed, but if we’re not treating these cases properly, it just gets worse. I hear people say his career is over. Well, first of all, it’s really not about his career right now. It’s about his life. And second of all, if he gets that in order, we’ll be looking at a success story, and this is a guy who will be in a locker room and guys will be coming to him for advice.”
Marshall is spot on.
At this point, it is almost unfair and insensitive to worry about or discuss Young’s future as a football player. What we really needs to do is hope that Young is able to get the help that he needs to get his life on the right track.
If Young is unable to get away from this troubling behavior, the downward spiral will only continue and we could be in for a tragic ending or complete waste of a talented young man’s life.