Detroit Tigers outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young entered a guilty plea in Manhattan Criminal Court in connection with an April 27 early morning harassment incident in the Times Square area. The Tigers were in town for a three-game series with the Yankees at the time.
In that incident, Young reportedly went on an anti-Semitic tirade in a confrontation that got physical with some tourists outside the Hilton Hotel. Police arrested him for aggravated harassment hate crime. The Tigers subsequently suspended Young for seven days without pay.
Today’s court action requires Young to complete 10 days of community service plus a requirement to enroll in a course with the Museum of Tolerance New York.
According to ESPN, “In the court-ordered program, Young will participate in interactive workshops, videos, guided discussions and special instruction by museum educators to explore issues of prejudice, diversity, and tolerance.”
If Young completes the program to the satisfaction of the instructors, Young, 27, will be allowed to plea down to a lesser charge, second degree harassment. He is due back in court in May 2013.
Young was on a one-year $7 million contract with the Tigers, but the team has indicated that it will part ways with the left fielder via free agency. He was the MVP of the American Championship Series against the Yankees in which the Tigers completed a four-game sweep before going on to lose to the San Francisco Giants in four games as well. Young is a lifetime .288 hitter with 89 home runs. He hit .267 with 18 home runs in the 2012 MLB season.