Delmon Young apologizes for incident

Delmon Young’s first remarks to the media since his arrest last week in New York basically revolved around two main themes. First and foremost, he wanted to apologize to the Tigers and their fans for what happened, even if he can’t get into specifics because of the pending legal case. Second, he wanted to try to fight the image being portrayed that he is an anti-Semite.

Here was the first part of his media session Friday, before he took questions (it’s also in the video clip you see above):

“I’d like to apologize to everyone that’s been affected by this situation that happened in New York, to my teammates, to the Tigers organization, the Ilitch family, Major League Baseball, my friends and family, anyone that’s been offended by my actions. I can’t talk about anything that’s case-related, but I’d just like to apologize to everybody. I put myself in a bad situation, and I have no one to blame but myself. I’m currently getting treatment in an alcohol program through Major League Baseball. I just want to let people know that a lot of things people are saying about me misrepresent me. I made a lapse in judgment, but I can tell you that I am not anti-Semitic. I hope that going through the treatment program will get all the help I need to come back and be a great teammate and a successful baseball player in the Tigers organization. I’m sorry to all the fans, the Tigers, my teammates and everybody out there, but I just want to let everyone know that I am not an anti-Semitic. I wasn’t raised that way. I came from a good family. We weren’t taught any of that, especially growing up in a diverse area. I’ll let my actions from here on out take care of itself and show you guys that that person that’s being portrayed out there.”

Young said he’s in an alcohol counseling program. He is not in anything for anger management.

Other quotes from Young’s press conference:

  • On whether he thinks alcohol was at the heart of this incident: “That incident was an alcohol-related incident. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be sitting here talking in front of you guys if I didn’t have too much to drink, or if I just didn’t go out and drink at all. I know that for a fact.”
  • On his visit with Rabbi Josh Bennett: “We had a great conversation. It went really well, and I’m looking forward to doing stuff with them in the near future once we get back from the road trip.”
  • On any worries about fan reaction: “I hope after a while that they’ll see that that person that’s being portrayed wasn’t who I am and that’s not what I stand for. It’s just that I know it’s going to take a while. You can’t smooth things over and convince anyone after one speech, but just go out there and every day be a positive influence.”
  • On comments Dmitri Young made to Detroit News saying he set a bad example for Delmon: “No, these are my actions. You’re your own person. You make your own decisions. What Dmitri did in his life and career doesn’t affect me.”
  • On support from his teammates: “my teammates have been great. They’ve shown me a lot of support throughout. For an issue they can really back off and look the other way, they’ve been very supportive and I appreciate them doing that for me and I thank them for that.”
  • On anti-Semitic label: “That’s the toughest part, especially just being branded anything racist or bigoted, especially when that’s not me. I have a lot of diverse friends. I live in a diverse area. It’s not me.”
  • Is he embarrassed by this? “I have no one to blame but myself for putting myself in a bad situation. If I had stayed in my room and didn’t drink any alcohol, none of this would have happened.”
  • On possibility fans will forgive: “I would hope so, but I’ve got to go out there as an individual and show the community that what has transpired and what has been said about me is not me. So it’s going to be up to me to be able to give them an opportunity to be able to have forgiveness.”

10 Comments

Thank you, Delmon.

There you go Dan!

Okay Delmon, I’m sure it was a lot easier taking those drinks last Friday than it was to give that interview today. I hope you’ll remember that so that everyone else can begin to forget.

I’ll drink to that. Give me one for the road marge im heading out. As em said i still dont give a

Important day for DY. Well spoken.
Let the healing begin.
Now, as to the hitting, we got away with that one. Exciting and key victory but the fact remains that the hitting is below par.
Good for JP-maybe he will get hot now.Will that translate to better hitting for others? That I doubt. It will be up to each individual to go up to that plate and do what is necessary for the team as well as personally refusing to have a bad at bat.

As now ,it is more about sync than hitting. Jackson is a true lead off ( he worked the count in the first inning).Boesch is hitting 40 points better in close/ late games. Cabrera remains the best hitter in MLB( pace Kemps).Avila is 40 points higher in only a week.Peralta is hitting 462 in the clucth. 9 of his 21 hits have been xbases. 333 with 2 outs. He is beginning to channel his inner Victor
Fielder, Young and the cast hitters remain to say present

Heynman:”That this is about the ugliest thing I can recall a big-league player doing in recent memory…”
So hate speech while drunk is worse than: DUI , no less than 5 or 6 cases in the last year. DUI , hitting a motorcycle and running away like the player drafted before JV did. Domestic violence, no less than three cases in the last year. A former reliever for the Tigers is winning good money in spite of been a wife beater. Having drug parafernalia like the the former best pitcher in the NL or the former aspiring closer for the Yankees.Or declaring love to a dictator in an interview

Couldn’t agee more! Beating your wife or doing coke like the manager of the Texas rangers or crack like their best slugger, but this is worse! I can’t even say on here what I would like to say o that writer.

Proof baseball players are human and make mistakes.

Todays lineup. Almost the best available
Austin Jackson, CF
Brennan Boesch, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Delmon Young, DH
Alex Avila, C
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Andy Dirks, LF
Ryan Raburn, 2B
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