Detroit Tigers leftfielder Delmon Young was arrested Friday on a hate crime harassment charge after police said he got into a fight with a group of men and yelled anti-Semitic epithets.
At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York, where he was staying ahead of a series with the Yankees that began Friday night. Nearby, about four Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David around his neck. Then, as the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young began yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said.
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It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the Chicago group and a 32-year-old man suffered scratches to his elbows, according to police.
Both Young and the group went inside the hotel; at some point, police were called and Young was arrested, police said. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
Young was first taken to a hospital because he was believed to be intoxicated, police said. He was at a police precinct and might face arraignment later.
Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski had no comment. The team said in a statement that it was aware of the incident.
"It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time," the Tigers said.
Because of a provision in baseball's labor contract, the team said any allegation involving alcohol is referred to baseball's employee assistance program.
An email sent to Young's agent wasn't immediately returned. His lawyer declined to comment.
Young, hitting .242 with one home run and five RBIs this season, was not in the starting lineup for Friday night's game.