Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested on a hate crime assault charge early Friday morning for allegedly attacking a group of men and yelling anti-Semetic epithets outside a New York City hotel.
According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, police say Young observed a panhandler wearing a yarmulke approach a group of four tourists from Chicago outside the Hilton New York near Times Square. As the tourists prepared to enter the hotel, Young began yelling epithets and got into a tussle with one of the tourists.
“Basically, there was an incident at the hotel (and) some anti-Semitic remarks,” New York detective Joseph Cavitolo told the Free Press.
Young, who was intoxicated when he was arrested at about 4 a.m., faces an “aggravated harassment hate crime” misdemeanor charge. He was taken to a local hospital following the incident.
The cause of the incident, which occurred around 2:30 a.m., remains unclear and Cavitolo did not say what epithets Young used. The man involved in the fight sustained scratches on his elbows but refused medical attention, Cavitolo said.
Young, 26, is hitting .242 this spring with one home run and five RBIs in 18 games. The Tigers begin a three-game series at the New York Yankees on Friday night. They have lost six of their last seven games.