Tigers OF Delmon Young pleads guilty to harassment

November 7, 2012

Delmon Young must complete a tolerance program to receive a lesser charge. (Mark Blinch / Reuters)

Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated harassment stemming from an incident last spring in which he allegedly attacked a group of men while yelling anti-Semetic epithets outside a New York City hotel.

Young was ordered to enroll in a program at the Museum of Tolerance New York and complete 10 days of community service, according to an Associated Press report.

The incident took place during a Tigers road trip to New York when 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 where the team was staying. As the tourists prepared to enter the hotel, Young began yelling epithets and got into a tussle with one of the tourists.

Young was intoxicated when he was arrested at about 4 a.m., as reported by the Detroit Free Press, and initially faced an “aggravated harassment hate crime” misdemeanor charge. If Young completes the museum program successfully, he can withdraw his guilty plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge, according to the Associated Press report.

The 27-year-old hit .313 with three home runs during Detroit’s run to the World Series, but the Tigers are not expected to re-sign him.

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