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Marcellus
09-13-2008, 07:03 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans called police for help searching for Vince Young because his therapist told coach Jeff Fisher the quarterback mentioned suicide several times before driving away from his home with a gun.

Both Fisher and Young have said what happened Monday night was overblown by the media. But the supplemental report filed Tuesday by Nashville police showed that Fisher was worried what his quarterback might be doing after the call from Young's therapist.

"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."

The Titans declined to comment on details of the report. On Tuesday, the team issued a statement saying police had been called over concern for Young but those concerns were unfounded.

"Last night, we received a call from people that are closest to Vince informing us that he had left his house in a state of mind that had them concerned; and that he was unreachable, having left his cell phone at the house," it said. "Not having all the facts available to us and approaching the matter prudently, we contacted Metro Police to make them aware of the situation and asked for their assistance in locating Vince. He was located at a friend's house, where we made contact with him. He then came to the practice facility where it was determined that those initial concerns by his friends and family were unfounded and he returned home without incident."

ESPN obtained a copy of the report on Friday.

The Titans' head of security notified police around 7:30 p.m. that he had a player "going off," and Fisher was in his truck when he saw Nashville police writing a report on a separate incident.

Young's manager, Mike Mu, told police he had tried to follow Young when the quarterback left his home. But Mu said he couldn't keep up with Young on Interstate 65 despite driving 90 mph.


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Fisher connected police with Young's therapist, Sheila Peters, a clinical psychologist who had met with Young earlier Monday. It was then that Young used the word suicide in conversations with her.

During the search for Young, Peters arranged for an evaluation by employees from a psychiatric hospital in Nashville. Then Fisher heard from Young's agent that the quarterback was safe and at an apartment with a female friend.

The agent, Major Adams, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Young had been watching football and eating chicken wings with a male friend during the four hours people were searching for the quarterback.

Police arranged for crisis negotiators and SWAT officers to be on hand. They searched Young for weapons when he arrived at the Titans' headquarters around 11:30 p.m. They only found an unloaded handgun in the glovebox of his Mercedes.

Tennessee law allows an individual to possess an unloaded weapon provided there is no ammunition with it in the car.

:shake::shake:

dj56dt58
09-13-2008, 07:36 AM
so much for patient confidentiality

Deberg_1990
09-13-2008, 07:41 AM
Good Lord....

Im guessing the Titans are taking a TON of heat now after drafting both Young and Pacman back to back.

triple
09-13-2008, 07:43 AM
i'm gonna kill myself if i have to hear any more about vince young

KCJohnny
09-13-2008, 07:50 AM
Please get off the poor guy's back. He's being humiliated nationally.

So what, he's as mortal as the rest of us.

Is that some kind of revelation?

Red Brooklyn
09-13-2008, 09:25 AM
Public exposure and media attention are part of being a professional athelete. So is failure. I'm not trying to down play what he's going through. If he is genuinly feeling suicidal then he needs to get help, and he needs to leave the NFL. Yes it's a game. But players get paid to perform. When they struggle to peform they have to be mentally willing and able to handle criticism. Whether it's appropriate or not. He is clearly not handling it. At least, not very well. I wish him the best, I really do. But if he can't handle the failure he needs to get off the field. Failure is a fact of the game. Unfortunately, when you're as high profile as Vince is, so is the media microscope.

kstater
09-13-2008, 09:35 AM
Pretty chickenshit to talk about his medical records.

Red Brooklyn
09-13-2008, 09:49 AM
Pretty chickenshit to talk about his medical records.

I agree. But nothing surprises me about the media anymore... it's sad...

FAX
09-13-2008, 09:50 AM
Pretty chickenshit to talk about his medical records.

Agreed, Mr. kstater. Very bad form. And unhelpful.

FAX

KcMizzou
09-13-2008, 09:59 AM
Pretty chickenshit to talk about his medical records.That was the first thing I thought.

Who's this therapist, and what happened to ethics?

HypnotizedMonkey
09-13-2008, 10:36 AM
In this time of rabid media vultures, I feel bad for VY. He's not a perfect fit for the NFL, but his team/home fans didn't really help his cause much this past week.. it's a shame that personal information like that got out. He's now learning the spectrum of celebrity in America.

PunkinDrublic
09-13-2008, 10:41 AM
I talk about suicide to my therapist (bartender) every sunday when I watch the Chiefs play.

ChiefaRoo
09-13-2008, 11:00 AM
I talk about suicide to my therapist (bartender) every sunday when I watch the Chiefs play.

LMAO

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-13-2008, 11:42 AM
Apparently HIPAA doesn't apply when the patient has an IQ below 70.

Mr. Laz
09-13-2008, 11:42 AM
so much for patient confidentiality
i'd be suing the shiite out that dam therapist

Jenson71
09-13-2008, 11:49 AM
i'd be suing the shiite out that dam therapist

I would be contacting a lawyer immediately and looking at my options.

KcMizzou
09-13-2008, 12:04 PM
i'd be suing the shiite out that dam therapistI'd stop thinking suicide and start thinking homicide.

OnTheWarpath58
09-13-2008, 04:18 PM
Apparently HIPAA doesn't apply when the patient has an IQ below 70.

"Years later, a doctor will tell me that I have an I.Q. of 48 and am what some people call mentally retarded."

thurman merman
09-13-2008, 04:38 PM
so much for patient confidentiality

yeah that's what i was thinking. there is no reason whatsoever why this should be in the news.

BigRock
09-13-2008, 04:44 PM
It's in the news because it was in the police report. The shrink told the team that Young was talking about suicide and that he had a gun. The team then called the police to help find him. The cops had to write up why they were involved.

Suppose the shrink didn't say anything to anyone and Young had gone and blown his brains out. I'm thinking the heat would be a little stronger for that than for the issue of confidentiality.

OnTheWarpath58
09-13-2008, 04:46 PM
It's in the news because it was in the police report. The shrink told the team that Young was talking about suicide and that he had a gun. The team then called the police to help find him. The cops had to write up why they were involved.

Suppose the shrink didn't say anything to anyone and Young had gone and blown his brains out. I'm thinking the heat would be a little stronger for that than for the issue of confidentiality.

This.

damaticous
09-13-2008, 04:47 PM
It's gotta be BS. Legally the therapist can't say crap. if they did they wouldn't be a therapist much longer. They'd get their license taken away faster than Croyle gets hurt.

BS