Tigers Delmon Young Arrested for Hate Crime in NYC (VIDEO)
As the Detroit Tigers were settling into their hotel rooms in anticipation of their 3-game weekend set with the New York Yankees, one of their outfielders was up to no good. According to reports, an intoxicated Delmon Young was busted last night after getting onto a scuffle with a group of men over anti-Semitic remarks.
Reports indicate that Young pushed one man to the ground during an altercation, causing him minor injuries to both of his elbows. The 26-year-old Young was arrested and charged with third-degree assault on an “aggravated harassement hate crime” after being taken to Roosevelt Hospital to sober up.
The details of the case are still a bit sketchy, but this is what we know at this time: Young was standing outside of the Hilton on Sixth Avenue at approximately 1:30 AM when four Chicago tourists made their way back to the hotel along with a panhandler wearing a yarmulke.
As they passed Young on their way into the hotel, Young began yelling “F****** Jews! F****** Jews!” Although it is still unclear as to whom Young was yelling at, one of the men confronted him, which eventually turned into a scuffle as they made their way back inside the hotel.
At that point, the police was called and Young was arrested for an aggravated harassment hate crime. In the end, a 32-year-old man was allegedly pushed to the ground during his confrontation with Young, sustained scratched on both of his elbows. The younger brother of former big leaguer, Dmitri Young, will be arraigned later today in an NYC court.
Much like his brother, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Tiger outfielder is no stranger to controversy. In 2006, while playing in the minor leagues, Delmon was suspended for 50 games after tossing a bat at an umpire following an ejection. His brother has been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and domestic violence in the past. Dmitri is also believed to have struggled with alcohol, depression and diabetes.
Young is currently batting .242 with a lone blast in 18 games. It is unclear as to whether or not he will play in tonight’s series opener against the Bronx Bombers. This will be the Tigers first trip back to Yankee Stadium after eliminating them in last year’s postseason on their way to losing to the Texas Rangers in 6 games in the 2011 ALCS.
“We are aware of the situation, however it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters,” the Tigers said in a statement. “As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time. Per a provision in the Major League Baseball Basic Agreement, any allegation that involves alcohol is referred to MLB’s Employee Assistance Program.”