MLB suspends Tigers player for anti-Semitic tirade

Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder who was arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti-Semitic remarks, was suspended without pay for seven days.

The suspension was retroactive to April 27, when he was placed on the restricted list. His loss of pay amounts to more than $250,000, according to the Detroit News. Young did not contest the suspension.

Young is facing a misdemeanor aggravated harassment hate-crime charge stemming from the April 27 incident outside the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, where the Tigers were staying before the start of a series with the New York Yankees that night. He is scheduled to appear in court in New York May 29 and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

According to reports, a group of tourists staying at the hotel was approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. Young yelled anti-Semitic epithets at the group and also reportedly shoved one of the men, who sustained minor injuries.

Young, who endured a 50-game suspension in 2006 for throwing a bat at an umpire, apologized for the New York incident in a news release.

Tigers chief executive officer, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News that some of the allegations reported in the media are untrue but would not elaborate on which ones. — jta