Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was suspended seven days by Major League Baseball as a result of his arrest last week for what the New York Police Department said was a drunken altercation at a hotel.
Young’s suspension is retroactive to April 27, the day of his arrest, the office of baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced yesterday in an e-mail release. The 26-year-old outfielder was charged last week with racial or religious aggravated harassment after a midtown Manhattan fight prompted a 911 call, police said.
“An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated,” Selig said in a statement. “I understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode.”
Young, who was suspended without pay, missed all of the Tigers’ three-game weekend series in New York and also will sit out tonight and tomorrow at home against the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers’ game against the Royals was postponed yesterday, and Detroit has a day off on May 3.
Young will be eligible to return for a May 4 home game against the Chicago White Sox. He will be required to participate in a treatment program.
The incident began when Young yelled anti-Semitic obscenities at a panhandler wearing a yarmulke, according to the New York Post. He was released on $5,000 bail, the newspaper said.
Young apologized to the Tigers, his teammates, his family and his fans in an e-mailed statement following his arrest.
“I sincerely regret what happened last night,” he said. “I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”
It is the latest controversy for Young, the top pick in the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, who in 2006 received a 50-game minor-league suspension for throwing a bat at an umpire following a called third strike.
The charges came following a verbal dispute that turned physical at the Hilton New York hotel in the early hours of April 27, according to the NYPD. The altercation left an unidentified 32-year-old man with a scratch on his arm.
The Tigers said in an e-mailed statement on April 27 that the team wouldn’t comment on the incident, citing a club policy on pending legal matters.
“As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course,” the team said.
Young made his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in August 2006 and was traded to the Minnesota Twins the following year. He set career highs with 21 home runs, 112 runs batted in and 46 doubles in 2010 as a member of the Twins.
In 18 games this season, Young is hitting .242 with one home run and five RBIs.
Young is not the first person that Selig’s office has suspended for insensitive and inappropriate comments. In May 2010, Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was banned two weeks after he reportedly used a gay slur and inappropriate language directed at fans.
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