Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested early this morning in Manhattan after a drunken altercation at a midtown hotel prompted a 911 call, the New York Police Department said.
Young, 26, was charged with racial or religious aggravated harassment and the incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force, according to Officer Markowski in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, who declined to provide her first name citing a department policy.
The charges came following a verbal dispute that turned physical at the Hilton New York hotel, Markowski said today in a telephone interview. The altercation left an unidentified 32-year-old man with a scratch on his arm.
The incident began when Young yelled anti-Semitic obscenities at a panhandler wearing a yarmulke, the New York Post reported today, citing unidentified police sources. Markowski was unable to confirm the report.
It is the most recent 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 Tigers open a three-game series against the New York Yankees tonight in the Bronx. The team said in an e-mailed statement that it 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.