For all you non-baseball fans, meet the latest threat to the All-American sport.
Detroits Outfielder Arrested For Fall Down Anti-Semitic Slur Attack On Group Of Businessmen
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delman Young was arrested for hurling anti-semitic slurs at a group of men in town for a bachelor party:
Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young went on a drunken, anti-Semitic rampage outside a posh Manhattan hotel yesterday — shouting “f–king Jews” at a group of tourists before throwing one to the ground, sources said.
The $6.7 million-a-year outfielder was so drunk that he had to be hospitalized after his arrest — and the Manhattan DA hit him with a misdemeanor hate-crime charge.
Young, 26, directed his rage at four men in town for a bachelor party when he saw a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David ask them for $40 outside the Hilton Hotel on Sixth Avenue at 2:40 a.m.
The men were taking out their money when Young allegedly shouted “You bunch of f–king Jews!” and pushed the first member of the group that he could get his hands on — Jason Shank, a businessman from Schaumburg, Ill., sources said.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Young allegedly shoved the much smaller Shank, 32, into a hotel wall and then tackled him before the scuffle was broken up, sources said.
A falafel-cart worker who witnessed the mayhem, Abraham Mohomed, 35, said: “[Young] tried to punch him, but he fell on the floor. He was very drunk.”
Shank and his pals then ran into the Hilton. Young gave chase, but was stopped by a guard, who made him prove he was a hotel guest, sources said.
Someone in Shank’s group called 911, and the Tiger terror was busted and charged with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor with a hate-crime element.
Shank suffered only scratches and bleeding to his arm. “I’m doing well,” he told The Post via text message. “My elbow is a bit sore as well as my shoulder but it will be OK.”
He also wrote that he has tickets for this afternoon’s Yankees-Tigers game at the Stadium — and he knows for whom he’ll be rooting.
“Well, from Chicago, so a Cubs fan . . . But it’d be great to see the Yankees kick some a$$!” he said in one text message.
He said he couldn’t believe he had been attacked by a major league player.
“[It’s] pretty ridiculous and bizarre actually,” he said. “At the time we had no idea who it was.”
The Tiger team plane landed at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, only four hours before the incident.
Young was taken to Roosevelt Hospital to dry out before he could be processed. He was spotted there with two attractive women crying by his side, a source said.
“He was wearing a fine suit, expensive,” said a source at the hospital. “He was wearing a Rolex watch, biggest diamond I ever saw.”
He was later taken to the Midtown North Precinct, where he slept off the rest of his stupor. Young missed last night’s game, which the Yankees won 7-6.
He was arraigned at around 7 p.m. and freed on $5,000 bail.
Young’s lawyer, Dan Ollen, called the bail “silly” and “ridiculous.”
“He’s a world-famous baseball player” who has every reason to come back to court, he said.
“He has no criminal record [and] the chance of jail in this case is extremely unlikely.”
Ollen said a videotape of the incident shows that Shank’s pals were the instigators.
“Someone in the other party says something that causes [Young] to react,” Ollen said.
Ollen refused to elaborate after court, and said there’s no audio on the tape.
Young earlier said in a statement:
“I sincerely regret what happened. I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”
This is just the latest trouble for the hot-tempered Young, an outfielder who was suspended for 50 games in 2006 in the minors for chucking a bat at an umpire.
Young joined the Tigers last season
This year, the Tigers signed him to a one-year, $6.725 million contract.
SMH at this guy’s lawyer… The bail isn’t ridiculous — what is ridiculous is a guy who makes $7 milli a year acting like a drunken hateful fool in public.
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