NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Delmon Young was suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday for seven days without pay following his arrest on a hate crime harassment charge last week in New York.
The commissioner’s office said the suspension is retroactive to Friday, when Young was arrested after a late-night tussle at his Midtown hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.
“Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game’s stature as a social institution,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode.”
Young would also be required to participate in anger management and an alcohol evaluation program, according to the New York Daily News.
Young is eligible for reinstatement from the restricted list May 4.
The suspension will cost Young approximately $257,240 of his $6,725,000 salary.
Speaking before the Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals was postponed by rain, Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Young will not appeal the ruling and that he will not face additional discipline by the team when he comes off the restricted list Friday.
“Under the (collective bargaining agreement), there’s no dual discipline,” he said. “He’ll be activated and ready to play on Friday. If he’s not in the lineup, that will be the manager’s decision. He’s been working out over the weekend, and took batting practice today, so he’ll be physically ready on Friday.”
Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Young was standing outside the team hotel in Manhattan. Nearby, a group of about four Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around his neck, according to police.
Afterward, as the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said.
It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a scuffle with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man was tackled and sustained scratches to his elbows, according to police and the criminal complaint.
Both Young and the group went inside the hotel, and at some point, police were called, and Young was arrested, police said. Young was first taken to a hospital because he was believed to be intoxicated, police said.
“I normally don’t get too many good calls at 3:30, 4 o’clock in the morning,” Dombroski said. “All I know, when I was there, the person was not in a very good state as far as his sobriety.”
Young apologized to his teammates and fans in a statement before being arraigned hours after his arrest.
“I take this matter very seriously,” he said, “and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”
Young is hitting .242 in 18 games, batting fifth in the order behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. He has one homer and five RBIs.
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