Delmon Young, of the Detroit Tigers, is in serious trouble with the law. According to the Detroit Free Press, Young faces a hate crime-related charge in connection with an alleged assault that took place in New York, early Friday morning. The New York Post reports that Young was “highly intoxicated” at 2:40 a.m. when an altercation involving numerous people turned physical. There are allegations that the incident began after a panhandler, wearing a yarmulke, approached a group of people, asking for money. What may be most disturbing is what Young is alleged to have done next. It is said, that Young began shouting, “F–king Jews! F–king Jews!” Soon after, a physical altercation between Young and others ensued.
This is a very disturbing situation for a number of reasons. Delmon Young is a legitimate MLB talent, but it is more than apparent that he has some serious issues that must be addressed. I would first note that this morning’s and today’s reports are only allegations at this time. With that said, anyone who is out at 2:40 a.m., highly intoxicated, and gets into a physical altercation has an issue with alcohol. While Delmon Young may not have a long history of documented alcohol abuse, it is worth noting that his older brother and former Tiger, Dmitri Young, does have such a history. Alcoholism is known to run in families. First and foremost, Delmon Young needs to address this alcohol issue now, not for his career, the Detroit Tigers, or anyone else but himself.
This is not Delman Young’s first documented incident with violence and anger. In what was almost a long and forgotten incident, in 2006 Young threw a bat and hit an umpire in a minor league game, costing him a 50 game suspension. Young had appeared to have gotten past this 2006 ordeal, as this is his seventh year in the Majors. Now, the past incident is sure to resurface in wake of his current troubles.
It is never good to hear news of any racial or religious slurs thrown at others. In wake of the recent news of racist remarks after Joel Ward’s game winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we are once again reminded that racism still exists. Now we have a MLB player accused of such ignorant comments. These actions simply cannot be tolerated. Young will and should have to face the public in regards to his alleged rant.
It is worth noting that Young is still a relatively young man, at 26 years of age. As the first pick of the 2003 MLB draft, Young is obviously a talented ball player. His talents are surely a significant factor in why he was given a second chance after the 2006 incident. By no means do I think people should give up on Delmon Young, but Young must seriously address these issues before the Detroit Tigers or anyone else moves forward.