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:
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]