Professional baseball player Delmon Young has pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment on Wednesday.
The former Detroit Tigers slugger had shouted anti-Semitic slurs at four men, tackling one to the ground outside a New York City hotel last spring, prosecutors said.
The 27 year old, who became a free agent after the World Series, was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enrol in a program to confront bigotry and racism at the Museum of Tolerance New York, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. The program is part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office restorative justice program. If he finishes the sentence, Young, 27, of Camarillo, California, will be permitted to withdraw his plea and instead plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree harassment.
He was accused of confronting the men outside the Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan at about 2:30 a.m. on April 27. Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York where his team, the Detroit Tigers, were playing when the incident occurred. He is accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, grappling with them and tackling one to the ground. Young apologised to his team and was suspended without pay for seven days by Major League Baseball, a punishment that cost him approximately €201 476 of his €5, 266, 940 salary.
In the court-ordered program, Young will participate in interactive workshops, videos, guided discussions and special instruction by museum educators to explore issues of prejudice, diversity, and tolerance, the district attorney’s office said. The museum reports progress back to prosecutors. If Young completes the program successfully he’ll be able to withdraw his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge.
“Dispositions for defendants charged with bias-related crimes need to be thoughtful and tailored toward healing both the defendant and the entire targeted community,” said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Detroit Tigers are prepared to let the designated hitter sign with another team after he was released by the franchise. When questioned about the player, Tigers President Dave Dombrowski declined comment saying, “Because he’s a free agent.” Dombrowski was speaking at the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, California.