Delmon Young was placed on the Detroit Tigers restricted list this weekend, but Major League Baseball decided to hand down their own punishment. MLB announced yesterday that they had suspended Young for seven days without pay as a result of his arrest. Young has been charged with third-degree assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime.
Last week it was reported that Young was arrested following an altercation in the streets of New York. Returning home from a bar, Young allegedly made anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish panhandler which resulted in a dustup with a group of bystanders.
During this altercation, a man alleged Young scratched him. It was reported that Young was extremely intoxicated that evening and that he had to be sobered up in his New York hotel before being taken in by police.
The Tigers placed Young on their restricted list this weekend, and Major League Baseball said potential further punishment would be determined by an individual evaluator.
MLB released a statement explaining their decision of the seven game suspension yesterday, noting that the move was retroactive to April 27 and that Young will be eligible for reinstatement on May 4. Young will also be required to “participate in a treatment program as a part of the discipline”. Commissioner Bud Selig said that Young’s actions “cannot and will not be tolerated”.
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