Major League Baseball has suspended Delmon Young of the Detroit Tigers for 7 games without pay. The suspension comes nearly four days after his arrest in Manhattan on a second-degree aggravated harassment charge. Young will also enter a treatment program after a doctor’s evaluation before he can play next Friday.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement,
“Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game’s stature as a social institution. 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.”
In a style that would have made Mel Gibson proud, Young was arrested outside the Tigers’ hotel last Friday. The police said he committed a crime with a hate crime component. Young, who was drunk, went up to a group of tourists and attacked them while yelling anti-Semitic slurs.
Young was placed on the restricted list Friday.
The Tigers team president and general manager, Dave Dombrowski, said Young was “very apologetic” and had no excuse for his actions.
Last year a new provision was added to the player’s Basic Agreement, players involved in alcohol-related incidents must be evaluated by a health care specialist.
Young was indeed at Comerica Park on Monday, and he took batting practice indoors before the Tigers’ home game against Kansas City even as he remained on the restricted list. Right before the game began MLB announced Young’s suspension and it didn’t matter because the game was rained out anyway.