Detroit will evaluate Delmon Young after charge for hate crime
The Detroit Tigers placed outfielder Delmon Young on the restricted list Saturday and said he would be evaluated under baseball's employee...
NEW YORK — The Detroit Tigers 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.
Young was arraigned Friday and posted a $5,000 bond at a brief hearing in Manhattan court. He faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said 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 would not say if the Tigers were considering any punishment of their own.
"He's accused of a misdemeanor," Dombrowski said. "If he's cleared to play, he will play."
Dombrowski said that Young was "extremely remorseful, extremely apologetic" about the events of early Friday morning.
Around 2:30 a.m., Young was standing outside the Hilton New York. 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.
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