Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arrested Friday morning in New York for a hate crime after attacking a man at Manhattan hotel.
Young went on an anti-Semitic tirade toward a pan-handler at the hotel and then confronted a group of four men, police told the New York Post and the Detroit Free Press.
"Basically, there was an incident at the hotel (and) some anti-Semitic remarks," Detective Joseph Cavitolo told the Free Press.
Young reportedly said vulgar epithets to the panhandler, who was wearing a yarmulke at about 2:30 a.m. Friday. A verbal exchange followed between Young and the other four men and an altercation occurred, the police said.
The dispute continued in the hotel lobby. Young reportedly scratched another individual in a subsequent hotel lobby fracas and the victim had to be treated by paramedics.
Cavitolo said Young is facing an aggravated harassment hate crime, which is a misdemeanor. The police said he was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
"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. "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 is hitting.242 with one home run and five RBIs this season. The Tigers are in New York to play a three-game series with the Yankees beginning Friday.
Young has a history of anger issues and has been previously suspended for his temper. Six years ago Friday he was suspended in the minor leagues for throwing a bat at an umpire.