Delmon Young arrested for aggravated harrassment
Delmon Young was arrested early Friday morning outside the Hilton Hotel here in New York for an alleged assault.
A representative with New York City Police public affairs department said later Friday morning that Young was arrested and charged with aggravated harrassment in an incident that is being investigated by the hate crimes unit.
“There was some language used that we have to look into,” a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson, who would not provide his name, would not confirm reports that Young was accused of using anti-Semitic language. He said if there was a hate crime, it would fall under the race/religion category.
The victim, a 32-year-old male, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. Young was taken to Roosevelt Hospital for treatment, reportedly to sober up, and was released to the police. He was being processed and awaiting arraignment Friday morning.
The aggravated harrassment charge is a misdemeanor. If it is deemed a hate crime, that could lead to a more serious offense.
The Tigers are staying nearby at the Hilton while they’re in town to face the Yankees this weekend. The team arrived in town last night after flying in from Detroit following Thursday’s loss to the Mariners.
The team released a statement Friday afternoon.
“We are aware of the situation. However, it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters,” the statement read. “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.”
The Tigers were involved with the employee assistance program last year, when Miguel Cabrera was arrested in Florida and charged with driving under the influence. MLB issued a counseling program for Cabrera, including the presence of a sober companion.