Detroit Tigers Delmon Young Arrested, Accused Of A “Hate Crime”
Detroit Tigers outfielder, Delmon Young was arrested in New York City Friday as the Tigers were preparing for their series with the Yankees.
Young was intoxicated during an early morning fight with some men outside the Hilton New York along Sixth Avenue.
The misdemeanor charge — aggravated harassment — is punishable by up to a year in jail. The charge was submitted as a hate crime “because of a belief and perception regarding … religion (and) religious practice,” according to the court document filed.
Police say that Young was yelling "F--king Jews!" repeatedly when he was arrested.
Just before he was released on a $5,000 bond, Young issued a statement apologizing and saying he wants to “improve myself as a person and player.”
“I sincerely regret what happened last night,” Young’s statement read, which was released through his attorney, Daniel Ollen.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the altercation started with a panhandler who was wearing a yarmulke. A man allegedly stood up for the panhandler when Young shoved him to the ground and followed him into the hotel lobby.
Young is out of the Tigers lineup indefinitely and will undergo an alcohol and anger management evaluation.