And he’s out!
Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young was arrested early Friday morning in New York City on a hate crime harassment charge, after police said he got into a fight with a group of men and yelled anti-Semitic slurs.
According to the Associated Press, Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York at about 1:30 a.m., and 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.
When 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 a tussle ensued with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man sustained scratches to his elbows, according to the NYPD.
Young was arrested on charges 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.
Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski had no comment.
The Tigers are in town to start a series with the New York Yankees slated to kick off tonight in the Bronx. It is not immediately clear if Young will play tonight; he is currently hitting .242 with one home run and five RBIs, he is signed to a one-year contract for $6,725,000 and can become a free agent after the season.
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.