News reports out of New York and Detroit are saying that former Minnesota Twin outfielder Delmon Young was arrested in a drunken incident early Friday in Manhattan.
The Detroit Free Press quoted New York City police detective Joseph Cavitolo as saying "there was an incident at the hotel [and] some anti-Semitic remarks" during a physical clash between Young and a 32-year-old man at about 1:30 a.m.
Young, now with the Detroit Tigers, faces an "aggravated harassment hate crime" charge and will booked later Friday on the misdemeanor count, Cavitolo told the newspaper.
The New York Post, citing police sources, said that outfielder was "highly intoxicated" when he pushed the man to the ground outside the hotel.
The Associated Press reported that Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York, not far from Times Square, when a group of about four Chicago tourists staying there were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke.
As the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets. Police said it's not clear whom he was yelling at, but they said he got into a tussle with one of the Chicagoans.
Young was taken to a hospital to "sober up," the Post said, and then turned over to police on suspicion of third-degree assault.
The man was treated at the scene for scratches to his arm, the New York newspaper reported.
"We are aware of the situation, however it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters," the Tigers said in a statement Friday. "As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time. Per a provision in the Major League Baseball Basic Agreement, any allegation that involves alcohol is referred to MLB's Employee Assistance Program."
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 a called third strike. He walked away and then threw his bat end over end at the umpire.
Young was with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 until he was traded to the Minnesota Twins prior to the 2008 season.
The Twins traded him to Detroit last August.
The Tigers open a series Friday night against the Yankees. Young, 26, is hitting .242 with one home run and five RBIs in 18 games.
Tigers officials have yet to comment about the incident.
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