Tigers place Delmon Young on restricted list

Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young was arrested Friday on a hate crime harassment charge after police said he got into a fight with a group of men and yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

April 28, 2012 1:12:55 PM PDT
The Detroit Tigers have placed outfielder Delmon Young on the restricted list Saturday and said he would be evaluated under baseball's employee assistance program following his arrest on a hate crime harassment charge for an encounter at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that he expects Young to return to the lineup if he is cleared by the evaluation.

That could happen as soon as Monday, he said.

Dombrowski said that Young was "extremely remorseful, extremely apologetic" about the events of early Friday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., Young shouted anti-Semitic epithets after a group of about four tourists were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around his neck, according to police.

Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York at about 1:30 a.m., where he was staying ahead of a series with the New York Yankees.

It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man sustained scratches to his elbows, according to police.

Both Young and the group went inside the hotel, and at some point, police were called, and Young was arrested, police said. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Young was first taken to a hospital because he was believed to be intoxicated, police said. He was at a police precinct and may be facing arraignment later.

Young says in a statement "I sincerely regret what happened last night." He apologizes to the Tigers owners and organization, his teammates, family and Detroit fans.

Young adds, "I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player."

In 2006, Young was suspended for 50 games without pay by the International League for throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest. Young, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, was ejected in the first inning after taking a called third strike. He lingered in the batter's box, walked away and then threw his bat end over end at the umpire, hitting him in the chest.

Young has played for the Tigers since last season, spending two seasons before with the Minnesota Twins. He's the younger brother of former outfielder and first baseman Dmitri Young.

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