Tigers outfielder arrested; hate crime investigation under way
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was in police custody Friday morning.
April 27th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

Tigers outfielder arrested; hate crime investigation under way

Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested in Manhattan early Friday and charged with aggravated harassment after a dispute with another man, New York police said.

Young appeared intoxicated when police arrived at the scene outside the New York Hilton, and he was treated and released from a hospital Friday morning, police Detective Martin Speechley said. The other person involved in the dispute, a 26-year-old male, sustained minor injuries but refused treatment, Speechley said.

Young was in police custody Friday morning, the detective said.

The aggravated harassment charge is a misdemeanor, but Speechley said the case is being investigated as a possible hate crime because of "religious statements made" during the dispute. If there is evidence to support a hate crime, the seriousness of the charge would be "elevated," he said.

The team issued a brief statement Friday afternoon.

"We are aware of the situation, however it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters," the statement said. "As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course."

The Tigers are in New York for a three-game series against the Yankees beginning Friday.

The team lost to the Seattle Mariners in Detroit on Thursday afternoon before flying to New York.

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  1. adam

    good point

    April 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Guest

    They ought to frame the story and hang it on the wall. It's probably the only one you'll see. The DOJ is too busy looking after the ones who look like themselves. You know what I mean?

    April 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Differentlaws

    Go to news of Mobile Alabama beating that was 4 days ago and still hidden on cnn. it was 4 black men beating a white man in their neighborhood. Not listed as a "hate" crime even though they used aluminum bats to beat him.

    April 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jerry

    Absolutely nothing will happen because he's Black. Now, if it was the opposite; a white or Latino man...

    April 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Spuds

    Good, let's get rid of Young and get Inge back!

    April 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. SPENT

    No way! There must be a mistake! A black person cannot possibly be charged with a hate crime. They do not hate anyone.

    April 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    April 28, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. JerseyJeff

    Somebody is gonna be in trouble with Detroit...
    Getting wasted and getting into fights after a game and another one today... Not good.
    I hope he brought his friends and they're all hung over today for the ballgame.

    GO YANKEES!

    April 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TommyBoy

      It was reported the idiot tourist, gave the panhandler guy $25. Who gives a panhandler that much to supply his likely crack habit for a week! Did he count it out-: "here's a 10, and a 5, another 5, and five singles. I will take the minority position-I would have said something to this moronnic tourist too. Don't give out money to streetpeople. Go do that in your own city.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JerseyJeff

    You're not a racist because you're white.
    If you are a racist, and you can be any race yourself and live in NYC, you are gonna be one miserable person.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Dana

    You are a vile person if your Episcopal Your pathetic if you think giving 10% of your wage gets you a place in heaven, your already in hell if you believe your faith calls for murder. How much is this statement racist?.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jesse

    Oh! A racist black man, what a
    surprise.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JerseyJeff

    If he gets suspended or it comes out other Tigers were involved, this is not what Detroit needs.
    They need everybody on their roster healthy and ready.

    Embarrassing for the Tiger ballclub

    April 29, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
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