New York, NY – Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested early Friday morning in New York City.
According to the New York Post, Young could face a hate-crime charge after an alleged anti-Semitic rant and an attack on a man outside a New York hotel room.
The Tigers are in New York to face the Yankees for a three-game weekend series.
"We are aware of the situation, however it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters," the Tigers said in a statement Friday afternoon. "As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time. Per a provision in the Major League Baseball Basic Agreement, any allegation that involves alcohol is referred to MLB's Employee Assistance Program."
Young, the Post reported, was highly intoxicated and had to be taken to a local hospital to sober up before being transported to a police station.
The paper cited police sources as saying Young got into a confrontation with a group of people at about 2:40 a.m. (et) and started shouting remarks about Jewish people. The incident turned physical with Young allegedly scratching a 32-year-old man during the fracas and pushing him down in a hotel lobby.
Young entered Friday's action hitting .242 in 18 games with a home run and five runs batted in. He is hitless in his last 11 at-bats.
The Tigers acquired Young last August from Minnesota for the stretch run and signed him to a one-year contract this offseason.