Vince Young Was Suicidal According To Therapist

The Vince Young Situation Was Very Serious

9/12/08 in NFL   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect


In the wake of the Vince Young episode where the Titans actually called police to check on his welfare after he split from his house for a few hours and drove around Nashville with an unloaded gun, there have been a lot of different versions of what supposedly happened.

Jeff Fisher called it a misunderstanding. Vince Young said he just went over to hang out at a friend's house. Vince's mom said he wanted people to stop criticizing him.

Those stories may be true, they may not be. After all, all three people have something they're looking to protect. For Fisher it's his team and Young, for Young it's himself, and for Young's mom it's obviously her son.

The real question is, what exactly did the police uncover?

Well, that's now available, and it seems to make it clear that Vince Young may have some very serious issues to deal with before he should go back to playing to playing football.

The City Paper of Nashville was able to pull the police report for Young's case, and it makes it quite clear why the Titans were concerned about his welfare. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher told police that Young's therapist said Young “mentioned suicide several times.” Young had apparently called the therapist sometime after the Sunday's game.

According to the police report:

“I asked him (Fisher), ‘What made her (therapist) worry about him?’ He (Fisher) stated, ‘His mood, his emotions, he is injured, he wants to quit, and he mentioned suicide several times.’ He (Fisher) went on to state that he (Young) left the house with a gun."

The complete police report is here.

It certainly feels like an invasion of privacy to find this out about Young, but then again, police reports are public record and Young is a very prominent citizen in Nashville who - for better or worse - people are going to want to know about.

But the truth is, hopefully this makes it clear to the people who have labeled Young a quitter and a crybaby that the issues he's dealing with are quite serious.

Let's hope the Titans - and Young - make the right call here. He needs help more than he needs to be playing football right now.

Police report gives further details of Titan Vince Young’s mental state, missing hours [The City Paper]
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9/13/08   |   MannyStiles

People who talk about suicide are less likely to commit suicide than those who don't. He needs "special" attention right now or failing that - to grow up and handle his business like a man.

I think the deeper issue is how athletes like VY can go their whole lives being coddled and then when they have to be human like the rest of us everyone coddles them more.

Remember this is a guy who could barely read in college - a guy who got a SIX on his Wunderlich - a guy who "has Onion-thin skin". If his mental faculties aren't that refined, why would his emotional faculties be?

He should be the poster child if he commits suicide why athletes should have stricter educational guidelines, but more likely, he's gonna be just a child acting out for more attention.

I'm not saying this to be mean or show tough love - I'm just being honest. I've had several friends -including my best friend in life - commit suicide, and I've dealt with depression and contemplated suicide several times myself. Point is, he needs to take responsibility for himself and stop copping out on reality.

If you think I'm off base, ask Barrett Robbins or thousands of other instable athletes what kind of attention they got compared to VY. Stop babying the "man".

9/13/08   |   snbslugger

Count me among the ignorant cynics that once viewed depression as a non-existent disease and considered it just a made-up excuse for people who couldn't cope to get drugs and attention.

I've had my own struggles with depression, and denied it and ignored it until I was 23 years old.  I have a newfound understanding and appreciation for the fact that our mental health can deteriorate just as much as our physical health can if exposed to things that are bad for us.

Something's gone wrong in VY's head.  You know how some athletes say after winning it all "It really hasn't sunken in yet?"  Maybe the wave of being a poor kid from Houston to becoming a superstar college and pro QB has finally come crashing down on him.  This kid just turned 25, and someone has had, or wanted to have, a piece of him probably since high school.  That has to be a lot of pressure for anyone to handle.  Agents, coaches, endorsers, family, friends and hangers-on all with their hands out.  Maybe he's overwhelmed?  I don't know.

I just hope he doesn't ignore whatever this is and gets the help he needs.

9/13/08   |   JKB37   |   2409 respect

I hope the kid gets the help he needs.  Maybe he should quit, if it will make his life better.  Nobody should ever live for anyone else.  It seems evident that with the problems he has, football should be the last thing he should be worried about.  I wish the best to him.

9/13/08   |   leewanc_24

kantwistaye wrote:
 This is one of the saddest sports stories I've encountered in my short lifetime.  The fact that the Titans and VY try to deny the seriousness of it only makes it sadder.  Vince has a chance to come out and be a spokesperson for victims of depression.  Do the right thing, Vince and the Titans organizations.  Allow VY to take on depression, and God willing if he overcomes it, allow him to become a leader in the fight against it.

I agree that Vince should be given a chance to come out and be a spokesperson for victims of depression. Depression is no laughing matter and its seriousness shd nv be neglected. Allow him to be pillar of strength to others and himself..

9/13/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

 This is one of the saddest sports stories I've encountered in my short lifetime.  The fact that the Titans and VY try to deny the seriousness of it only makes it sadder.  Vince has a chance to come out and be a spokesperson for victims of depression.  Do the right thing, Vince and the Titans organizations.  Allow VY to take on depression, and God willing if he overcomes it, allow him to become a leader in the fight against it.