Apparently the Tigers 1-6 home stand was far more draining on Delmon Young, who went o-for-10 in the series, than we expected, as he was arrested in front of a Midtown Hotel at 2:40 a.m. for third degree assault and had to be taken to the hospital first to “sober up”.
UPDATE: He was arrested for pushing someone, which is fitting because if he had tried to swing at him he probably would have missed.
UPDATE: Not only was he arrested for pushing someone, then sent to a hospital to sober up, but now he is apparently being charged with a hate crime due to a few anti-Semite remarks.
9:10 a.m. The initial news
According to the New York Post:
Young was arrested early this morning after he allegedly assaulted a man in front of a Midtown hotel, police sources told the Post. Cops were called to the hotel around 2:40a.m. after Young…pushed the man to the ground, sources said.
Obviously the Tigers declined to comment, this according to the Detroit Free Press as of 9:30a.m. Friday morning.
According to Chris Iott of MLive:
Sources told the Post that Young was “highly intoxicated”
According to the report, Young was charged with assault in the third degree. The person he was alleged to have pushed to the ground suffered scratches on his arm and was treated at the scene.
An assault case legal matter that the state of New York and Delmon Young will have to deal with. That’s not the issue here, either (even though Delmon should learn to use his words and not push other grown men). The issue is the words “highly intoxicated’.
I’m going to hit publish now, but I’m going to be updating this throughout the day, because, well there’s going to be updates throughout the day, which will be posted below.
I question whether or not to do this as I like to get all the facts before I make any sort of judgement, but this looks to be pretty obvious; alcohol leads to bad situations, so let’s start there.
At least Andy Dirks can play left field tonight.
Obviously people are just finding out about this so there isn’t anything new to update, but if anyone was going to find himself in trouble on this team, it’d definitely be Delmon Young. Phil Coke is just too damn sly, and Prince Fielder can just throw a suitcase full of money at any issue (I’m joking!), and Miguel Cabrera probably has the secret service watching his every move.
But dammit, Delmon, as if the Tigers freaking week wasn’t bad enough already, you have to go and get yourself drunk not even 12 hours after your plane lands in New York?
He hasn’t had an issue with alcohol before. Today ironically marks the six year anniversary of his minor league incident where he threw a bat at an umpire (he actually didn’t miss there, amazingly enough) and received a 50 game suspension, but as far as we know, he wasn’t intoxicated during that at bat.
10:45 a.m. How the team should respond
We all know what happened with Miguel Cabrera and alcohol on two separate occasions.
I may be in the minority here, or I may not, I don’t know, but back during the first arrest in Birmingham I said that Cabrera should be suspended for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. When he was arrested in Florida last spring for drunk, driving I said he should be suspended 50 games. Obviously, Cabrera realized this was becoming an issue and he got himself the appropriate help and hasn’t had a reported incident since then.
Delmon Young wasn’t arrested for a DUI this morning but he was arrested for assault which occurred because of his alcohol consumption. My point that I’m attempting to make, and I may not make it very well, is that there is complete lack of accountability baseball players have in regards to alcohol. And why would they hold themselves accountable since there’s nothing really standing in their way other than some bad pr?
Young should definitely be suspended for 50 games, in fact I wouldn’t mind if he joined Brandon Inge in the unemployment line. However, this is Major League Baseball, and Major League Baseball and their teams ignore alcohol related issues because alcohol related issues are dealt with by the police.
This is an effective solution, obviously, since the police fine these multimillionaires of a couple thousand dollars and take their licenses away so they have to hire people to drive them everywhere.
I’m not saying it’s not upsetting and embarrassing for professional baseball players to deal with this, because it is, but it’s not as crippling to their finances or job as the average person, for which the law is intended for.
This is why Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird and the countless hundreds of other professional ballplayers feel they can do what they want they want to, whenever they want to.
Now that I’ve said my piece, I’ll leave it at that. The Tigers take on the Yankees at Yankee Stadium tonight, hopefully Delmon Young is nowhere to be seen.
11:30 a.m. Charged with a hate crime?
AAAaaaaannnddd this just got a whole lot worse.
From the Detroit News:
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young faces a hate crime-related charge in connection with a dispute outside a hotel along New York’s 6th Avenue early this morning…“Basically, there was an incident at the hotel (and) some anti-Semitic remarks,” said Detective Joseph Cavitolo.
It was unclear what triggered the incident at the Hilton New York at about 2:30 a.m., though it began with a group of four men and a panhandler wearing a yarmulke.
“They have a discussion and the panhandler leaves,” Cavitolo said.
Words were then exchanged between Young and the men and a physical confrontation ensued, Cavitolo said. He declined to reveal what Young is accused of saying.
Young then followed one of the men into the hotel’s lobby continuing the dispute, Cavitolo said.
Called to the scene, police interviewed the victim and Young was sent to the hospital. It was unclear whether the victim was Jewish, Cavitolo said.
Young faces an “aggravated harassment hate crime” charge and will be processed through central booking later today, Cavitolo said.
The charge is a misdemeanor.
My anti-alcohol rage just took a dump out the window. Now, at least this is something that Major League Baseball and the Tigers, if these allegations hold true, will have to respond too.
2:00 p.m. Tigers Official Statement
I had to take a brief break for work so I couldn’t post this statement from the Tigers regarding the situation when it first came out, but here it is:
DETROIT – We are aware of the situation, however it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters. As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time. Per a provision in the Major League Baseball Basic Agreement, any allegation that involves alcohol is referred to MLB’s Employee Assistance Program.
Obviously nothing surprising nor should we expect anything else from them for a while and obviously there hasn’t been a lineup posted for tonight, for which I doubt, and we should hope, that he’s not in there.
Click here for the Free Press’ photo of Delmon walking the green mile in cuffs.
8:00pm Young Releases his official statement
“I sincerely regret what happened last night. I apologize to everyone I affected, the Ilitch family, the Detroit Tigers‘ organization, my teammates, my family, and the great Tigers’ fans that have supported me since day one. I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”
Young’s attorney, Dan Ollen, also states that there have been “many false allegations” regarding Young’s actions.
If there are, I’ll eat my post, willingly, but I highly doubt there is ton of Young’s actions that can be disputed unless the police report flat out lied.