Delmon Young pleads guilty in New York
The legal case against former Tiger Delmon Young reached its expected settlement. Young pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment today and was ordered to 10 days of community service, including reportedly a program at New York City’s Museum of Tolerance.
If he completes the program, he’ll be able to plead down to a lesser charge.
The case, of course, stems from his April 27 incident outside the Tigers’ team hotel in the city, where Young reportedly started yelling at a homeless man and got into a resulting altercation with a group of visitors.
It was a national story, and the initial charges included a hate-crime accusation that made the potential penalties stronger. Young stayed away from the team during their entire series against the Yankees over the next few days, and was eventually suspended by Major League Baseball for seven days.
Young, whom a police report said was highly intoxicated when the incident happened — despite the team not arriving in New York until maybe four hours earlier — agreed to an alcohol counseling program and underwent a community service program.
Young eventually turned his season around on the field, including another strong postseason, and the off-field issues amazingly didn’t become a bigger story when the Tigers went back to New York to face the Yankees in the ALCS. Off the field, not surprisingly, the damage to his image was another issue.
He’s a free agent now, and for someone coming off back-to-back productive Octobers, he’s going to have to deal with the character question. His plea deal should help.