Back in April, when he was in town playing the Yankees, Delmon Young had a bit of an incident outside of a Midtown hotel. By “a bit of an incident,” we mean he drunkenly yelled “f—ing Jews!” at a group of men before throwing one of them into a wall and tackling him. This all happened at 2:30 in the morning, although we’re assuming you knew that, because things like this tend to happen at 2:30 in the morning or thereabouts.
Young, this year’s ALCS MVP, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment today, and will participate in a “mandatory restorative justice program” at the Museum of Tolerance New York. He’ll also serve 10 days of community service. As the Post points out, the violation won’t leave him with a criminal record, although, if the Museum of Tolerance’s website is any indication, he will leave with a wicked case of the guilities.
“The Hall of Memory includes a Holocaust documentary produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a thought provoking film, In Our Time, which presents examples of genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Darfur and Cambodia, and reflects upon the lessons of history for today.”
Young doesn’t actually remember what he did — he was so drunk that he needed to be taken to the hospital before the police precinct — but here’s the gist: upon returning to his hotel, Young saw a panhandler wearing a yarmulke approach a group of people for some spare change. Then:
In a scene befitting of a booze-fueled melee at 2:30 in the morning on the streets of New York City, Young somehow ended up getting into a scrap with one of the men the panhandler approached for change, not the panhandler himself. The man Young assaulted only noticed that his arm had been scratched numerous times when he returned to his hotel room. He then called police, and Young was arrested about 4 a.m.
According to Young’s lawyer, he’s been counseled by two prominent rabbis since his April arrest; both rabbis wrote letters to the court on Young’s behalf. We’re absolutely sure said counsel had more to do with landing this sweetheart plea deal than, you know, actual reflection, but if it’s any consolation, he lost $250,000 during his 10-game, MLB-imposed suspension.
Delmon Young: still a dick, after all these years.