Vince Young stood up on Thursday and declared that his commitment to football has never wavered and that he’s never experienced any sort of deep depression, despite comments from his mother that he might be considering quitting football.
But word emerged Friday that Young’s therapist told the Titans that Young spoke to her of suicide and said he had a gun with him, prompting a Monday police search.
The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports what team-hired psychologist Sheila Peters told Titans coach Jeff Fisher:
“I asked him, `What made her worry about him?’ Lt. Andrea Swisher wrote. “He stated, `His mood, his emotions, he wants to quit, and he mentioned suicide several times.’ He went on to state that he left the house with a gun.”
Even though Young was later found at a friend’s house watching the Packers-Vikings game and eating chicken wings and his gun was unloaded (which is legal in Tennessee), the team has remained worried about his mental state. Young says he was just going to a buddy’s house to clear his mind, and that much of the confusion stemmed from not telling his mom where he was:
“Let the cloud go away for a minute, and that’s what I did. I left. My mom seen me; she thought I wasn’t in my right mind. At the same time, I was watching the game, watching Aaron Rodgers do his things … eating some hot wings,” Young said.
Vince was reportedly upset because the crowd booed him after throwing a couple of interceptions in Sunday’s game. Man, between him and Ricky Williams, what is it with former Longhorns and their emotional crises?
By the way, speaking of mom, it seems like she might be of the slightly overbearing variety:
The quarterback said he didn’t realize he had to tell his mother where he was going.
“Even though you’re paying your own bills at your own house, you still got to tell your mama where you are going now. So I understand where my mama’s coming from. She wanted to know where I’m going because I didn’t take my cell phone because so many people were calling me and making sure I’m all right,” he said.
Has anyone yet considered that all of this might just be an elaborate way of telling his mom to back off? He’s all grown up now, Mama Young. Let your baby sprout his own wings and fly.