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.”