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. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Karma for the tigers owners, after getting rid of the great Brandon Inge yesterday!

    April 27, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • m22mil

      You have got to be kidding me right?

      April 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Racial , religious intolerance seems to be stirring in the last four years. Gaining sustenance from self serving politicos and those in our society who play on this theme to vent their hatred.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      Spot on! Took the words outta my mouth

      April 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Smith

      I agree with you totally, saywhat. There seems to be a distinct rise in these stories.
      Whether it is due to inceased media showboating for ratings or an actual increase in the incidents is the question.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Crime statistics back up what you said. The morgues in our inner cities are filling up.

      April 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. martin

    He perpetrated a hate crime against thousands of Lutherans as a MN Twin player. Oh, the horror...

    April 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. willie

    If saying something that offends a religious person is a hate crime, shouldn't religious people saying hateful things against atheists be a crime also?

    April 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turtleguy


      April 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • wkf12

      you would think so but America hates Atheist

      April 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rick

    if true, it should not be tolerated by the owner of the tigers who also owns "little caesars". if true, get rid of this cancer.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Ironic considering that nothing produces more hate than religion.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Exactly @ saywhat! This man is an embarressment to the Detroit Tigers, they need to fire him and bring back Brandon Inge, who has done nothing but good things for the residents of Detroit.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonah

    Nice job Delmon

    April 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the_dude

    CNN you got it wrong. Don't you remeber "hate crimes" can only be commited by whites. Brown skins are incable of "hate crimes".

    April 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney

      Dude, did you ever go to school?

      April 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    Thanks CNN for specifying what remarks were made to what religion very professional. (Sarcastic)

    April 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    @ willie, yep!

    April 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ripley, believe it! Or dont!

    Tony, im sure no one cares to hear the racial crap from a drunk AGAIN.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rusty

      Ripley, the story didn't say anything about "racial" is references "religous" comments.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. True Story

    @ the_dude: That is not true. Just looking at a Jewish person the wrong way can be considered a hate crime by people of any color.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A doctor at an insane asylum decided to take his patients to a baseball game.

    For weeks in advance, he coached his patients to respond to his commands.

    When the day of the game arrived, everything seemed to be going well. As the National Anthem started.......the doctor yelled, "Up Nuts" And the patients complied by standing up.

    After the anthem ...he yelled, "Down Nuts". And they all sat back down in their seats.

    After a home run was hit, the doctor yelled, "Cheer Nuts". They all brokeout into applause and cheered.

    When the umpire made a particularly bad call against the star of the home team, the Doctor yelled, "Booooo Nuts!!!" and they all started booing and cat calling.

    Thinking things were going very well. The doctor decided to go get a beer and a hot dog, leaving his assistant in charge.

    When he returned, there was a riot in progress. Finding his assistant, the doctor asked," What in the world happened? "

    The assistant replied, "Well, everything was going just fine till a vendor passed by and yelled PEANUTS!"

    April 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Byron

    Just shows you, if you're going to beat someone, keep your mouth shut and do it where no one is watching.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    I can't believe we've put-up with these religious whackos this long. A wolf god and a burning hell? Really? How retarded is THAT?

    April 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Better than you

      My God feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, treats the sick, and comforts the dying..... All these things through people of faith.... by volunteers around the world. What does your God do, you arrogant fool?

      April 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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