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Delmon Young in court
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On the field
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Anti-Semitic remarks get MLB player suspended

Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young suspended without pay for one week after he yelled racist slurs at several men during an altercation

Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has been suspended without pay for seven days, for making anti-Semitic remarks at a group of men he had an altercation with.


Young was arrested following what has been described as "an alcohol-fueled anti-Semitic rampage in Manhattan."


The 26-year-old is now facing misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge. If he is convicted, he may be sentence to up to one year in jail.


According to the JTA, the suspension will be imposed retroactively to April 27 – the time of the incident. Young is expected to lose more than $250,000 in wages.


According to the Detroit News, Young will not contest the suspension.


Young apologized to his teammates, fans and family for the incident: "I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player," he said in a statement.


Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said that, "Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game's stature as a social institution.


"An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I think that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode."


The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement following the incident, saying it was "deeply disturbed" by reports of the player's outburst.


"Bigoted words are unbecoming for any professional sports player and anti-Semitism certainly has no place in the game, either on or off the field," the ADL said.



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