Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti-Semitic remarks, was suspended without pay for seven days.
His loss of pay amounts to more than $250,000, according to the Detroit News. Young will not contest the suspension.
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the suspension Monday night, saying that "An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated.
I think that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode."
Young faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment hate crime charge stemming from the April 27 incident outside the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, where the Tigers were staying during a series with the Yankees. He is scheduled to appear in court May 29 and faces up to a year in jail.
According to reports, a group of tourists at the hotel were approached by a panhandler wearing a yarmulke. Young yelled anti-Semitic epithets at the group and reportedly shoved one of the men, who sustained minor injuries. Young was taken to the hospital after the incident.
A police spokesman told the New York Post that it was unclear whether the alleged victim, described as a 32-year-old male, was Jewish.
Young, who endured a 50-game suspension in 2006 for throwing a bat at an umpire, apologized for the New York incident in a news release.
The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying "Bigoted words are unbecoming for any professional sports player and anti-Semitism certainly has no place in the game, either on or off the field," the group said.
Tigers chief executive officer, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News that some of the allegations reported in the media are untrue, but would not elaborate on which ones.
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