Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young has admitted shouting an anti-Semitic slur at a group of people before tackling a man in a bizarre dispute last spring outside the Hilton New York.
Young pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Wednesday.
He was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and participate in a tolerance program. If he completes those requirements, he will be able to withdraw the plea and plead guilty to second-degree harassment, which is a violation.
Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York at about 2:30 a.m. on April 27, where he was staying ahead of a series with the Yankees. Nearby, a group of about four Chicago tourists staying at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. Then, as the group walked up to the hotel doors, Young started yelling anti-Semitic epithets, police said.
It was not clear whom Young was yelling at, but he got into a tussle with the Chicago group, and a 32-year-old man sustained scratches to his elbows, according to police.