Former Detroit Lions WR Titus Young denied parole

Former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young — who is currently serving a four-year prison sentence in California — has had a recent parole request denied.

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times cited California’s Board or Parole Hearings, who denied the request because of Young’s “history of violent criminality.”

“The board’s two-page report on Young issued Jan. 31 noted ‘a pattern of assaultive behavior,’ but said he hasn’t violated any prison rules involving injury or the threat of injury,” Fenno noted. “He has participated in several educational and recovery groups during his incarceration, but is on the waiting list for anger management, substance abuse and other programs.”

Fenno also cited an entry in Young’s diary where he said, “I want to be free. … I believe God has a plan for me and deep down I believe it’s to dominate the NFL.”

While he was briefly a member of the then St. Louis Rams before the 2013 season, Young last played in the NFL for the Lions in 2012. Since then, he’s dealt with a number of different legal issues.