Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young suspended for anti-Semitic outburst

MLB says Young will be suspended for 7 days without pay


NEW YORK – The New York Post was first to report Monday that Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young will be suspended by Major League Baseball for an anti-Semitic outburst he reportedly had in New York City last week.

The MLB confirmed the suspension Monday. Young will be suspended from play for seven days without pay.

The Tigers have put Young on the restricted list.

In trouble with the law

Young was arraigned Friday and posted a $5,000 bond at a brief hearing in Manhattan court. He faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Young was "extremely remorseful, extremely apologetic" about the events of early Friday morning.

Detroit Tiger's outfielder Delmon Young
Detroit Tiger's outfielder Delmon Young

Around 2:30 a.m., Young was standing outside the Hilton New York. Nearby, a group of about four Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around his neck, according to police. Afterward, as the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said.

It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man was tackled and sustained scratches to his elbows, according to police and the criminal complaint.

Both Young and the group went inside the hotel, and at some point, police were called, and Young was arrested, police said. Young was first taken to a hospital because he was believed to be intoxicated, police said.

What really happened?

Defense attorney Daniel J. Ollen said accounts of the fight have varied. He said there was video, which he hasn't seen, that showed someone in the other group of people said something to Young before the scuffle.

"I do know that he was in a skirmish, I do know that. Beyond that, I don't know anything else," Dombrowski said. "If the allegations are true, they concern me."

Dombrowski said that "some of the things that were written are inaccurate," but said he couldn't say what, specifically, was wrong.