April 28, 2012- On Friday, Delmon Young, an outfielder from the Detroit Tigers, was arrested in Manhattan in the early morning hours. His arrest followed an altercation where Young allegedly screamed anti-Semitic epithets at tourists and one panhandler. Young arrived in New York with the Tigers late Thursday for a weekend series with the New York Yankees. He was charged by police with second-degree aggravated harassment, which is a misdemeanor.
Police said Young was heavily intoxicated and standing outside the New York Hilton around 2.35 a.m. on Friday morning. A group of men nearby was approached by a local panhandler who was wearing a Star of David and a yarmulke. He asked the men for money.
One man in the group gave the panhandler $25. That prompted Young to say an anti-Semitic slur. The men told Young to relax and that prompted him to start wrestling with the group. A police officer said Young started to push the men around. Young allegedly scratched one of the men on the arm. The argument proceeded into the hotel lobby where Young was staying. Young then went to his room and the men called police.
Police are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime. This is not the first time Young has been in trouble due to his anger. While in Double A ball, he was ejected for arguing a called third strike and threw his bat striking the umpire. For that incident, Young was suspended from the league for 50 games.