Tigers’ Young Pleads Guilty After New York Bias Incident
Delmon Young, who played baseball last season for the Detroit Tigers, pleaded guilty to harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur at four men before tackling one of them at a New York hotel, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.
Young, 27, pleaded to aggravated harassment in the second degree over an altercation outside the Hilton New York on April 27, Vance said today in a statement. Young was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and take part in a program at the Museum of Tolerance, the district attorney said.
Vance said the program was developed by his office’s Hate Crimes Unit in concert with the museum. Through it “defendants learn how their words and actions can have implications far beyond a single incident, and are taught about sensitivity and compassion,” Vance said.
If he meets the terms of his original plea, Young can re- plead to harassment in the second degree, a violation, the district attorney said.
Young was arrested after the altercation and suspended by Major League Baseball without pay for seven days.
“An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated,” Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement at the time.
Young batted .267 with 18 home runs and 74 runs batted in with the Tigers last season, and had a $6.75 million contract, according to Baseball Prospectus. He’s now a free agent.
The seven-year outfielder was named the most valuable player of this year’s American League Championship Series after batting .353 and hitting two home runs in the Tigers’ four-game sweep of the New York Yankees, according to Baseball-Reference.
The Hate Crimes Unit was formed in May 2010 to investigate and prosecute crimes based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
Since 2011, Vance’s office has had three defendants complete the so-called restorative justice program with the Museum of Tolerance, which involves a tour of its exhibits, interactive workshops, guided discussions, and a report back to the district attorney from the museum on how the defendant participated.