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Delmon Young looking for plea deal in hate crime case

Aug 2, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

Delmon Young AP AP

With the Tigers having today off Delmon Young traveled to New York to appear in a Manhattan courtroom for what the Associated Press calls “an update” on his misdemeanor hate crime case.

While in town to play the Yankees in April he was arrested and charged with yelling anti-Semitic epithets at a group of tourists and shoving one person to the ground.

Young’s lawyer is now seeking a plea agreement “that’s acceptable to both parties” and would avoid a trial. For now he’s scheduled back in New York court on November 7, which is after the playoffs are over.

Young, who was suspended for a week following the incident, has struggled this season with a .266 batting average, .297 on-base percentage, and .404 slugging percentage in 96 games, posting a terrible 69/14 K/BB ratio at age 26.

  1. forthand26 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    It’s stories like this and that Olympic twitter kid getting arrested that make me want to reconsider my career as a professional troll.

  2. thepunkyqb - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    why cant I be in these situations?..Id let a Pro Athlete shove me to the groind any day of the week. Pay Day!

  3. henryd3rd - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Bro, you picked the wrong town to do your anti Semitic diatribe. I hope you really lawyered up because NYC is not noted for cutting athletes much slack. Ask Plexiglass Burris about his experience with prosecutors in NYC.

    One would have thought that after your bat throwing incident with that umpire some years ago you would have learned. Guess not.

    Remember if you can make it there you can make it anywhere, its up to you New York, New York

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      I’ll bet he read that and a cold shiver ran down his spine.

  4. alonestartexan - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Ironically, when John Rocker made comments in New York, it was on the news non-stop and it virtually ended his career, where is the outrage for Delmon Young ?

    • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      John Rocker’s career ended because he couldn’t get anybody out anymore.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Yeah, and he also played 4 more years after making those boneheaded comments.

        Oh, plus all the PEDs and anger issues might have contributed to his downfall as well. Just a bit.

    • sabatimus - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      Because Rocker made a science out of being a complete bigoted dick, so much that people threw batteries at him when he’d leave the bullpen. Young might go nuts and even get arrested at times, but it’s pretty clear he doesn’t enjoy the fact that he was being a jerk. Rocker clearly enjoyed it.

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

        He also grew up, married a black woman and got cheered in Long Island when he played for the Ducks. Perspective is required.

    • baseballisboring - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:44 AM

      Well, Rocker made his comments in an interview. Everything he said is on the record word for word. We don’t really know what Delmon said, except that he was hammered and it was anti-semitic. He was also somewhat of a star at the time he said all that, which Delmon very isn’t.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Considering those numbers aren’t that far out of line with the rest of his career (save ONE good season) I’d wouldn’t say he’s “struggling” this season.

    I’d say he’s been struggling.

  6. raider2124 - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Lonestar. He gets a pass because he’s black. Only reason

    • sabatimus - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      I guess it just goes to show that, no matter the situation, the race card will be played in either direction.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    As a lot of people on here have stated before, it can’t be considered racist if the victim is Caucasian. Absolutely inane, but still mentioned many times on here.

    • sabatimus - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      I agree with your point, but I hadn’t seen that stated on here before you mentioned it. Perhaps I’m reading all the wrong (or perhaps right) articles.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        There was an post a while back about racist comments and I stated that if someone called me a WOP or a dago, I would laugh them off and take the power away from the words. I was told by more than a handful of posters that it’s not the same because I’m white and it couldn’t be considered racist because my people hadn’t been oppressed enough, lol.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Been an awfully long time since someone killed a white person for being the wrong kind of white (at least with any sort of regularity).

        The same can’t be said for other races.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        And almost on cue- exhibit #1 above.

        So, you somehow know what the intent was in the mind of every non-white that has ever assaulted or killed a white person? If you think racism is a one way street, you’re part of the problem.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

        I’m explaining to you why people don’t hold the opinion that whites are oppressed…..

        Because it’s a stupid opinion to have. A minority, by rule, can’t oppress the majority. Just because you, like every other member of the majority happen to also fall into a sub-category of that majority doesn’t mean anything when the other categories in that majority no longer oppress the minorities within the majorities.

        If you were complaining about this in 1890s New York, you might have an argument.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        That’s not what you said. You said a white person hasn’t been killed for being a white person (or at least with any regularity) for a very long time. So, what you’re telling me is that you are somehow aware of what was going on in the minds of all minorities every time there has been a minority on caucasian crime. Because to make that statement, you would have to know what the intent was in the minds of the people perpetrating the crimes. Do you really think a white guy isn’t subject to a racially-motivated crime walking through a black neighborhood like a black guy is walking through a white one? That’s an incredibly naive view to have. Just because people automatically assume everytime they heard about a white on black crime that it was somehow racially motivated doesn’t make it true. And just because dismiss black on white crime as something other than being racial, well, that doesn’t make it true either. And if you want to speak about a people who have been brutally oppressed throughout history, look no further than the ones that Delmon Young assaulted.

        As for the rule that minorities can’t oppress majorities- maybe someone should have told the majority Shites in Iraq because they were violently oppressed by the minority Sunnis for over 30 years. Maybe someone should have told them that rule.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        A minority, by rule, can’t oppress the majority.

        Yes it can, as being in the majority doesn’t mean you automatically have power. Apartheid in South Africa is one example as the country is almost 80% black, but from the 40s to the late 80s was ruled by the white, 20%, minority.

  8. spudatx - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Dear Tigers Fans-

    Thanks for sending us that empty, used Coke can in exchange for Delmon Young last year. We’re much happier with the 10-cent deposit we exchanged the can for than having anything to do with Delmon Young.

    Your Truly,

    Twins Fans

  9. weaselpuppy - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I’m sorry, you’ll have to speak up…..we can’t make out what you’re saying from so far down in the standings….enjoy the next few years of 100 loss baseball.


    Tigers fans

    • keithbangedyermom - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:45 PM


  10. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Just for the record, I love White victimization. It’s like Jim Carrey doing a crazy dance and getting laughs on In Living Color is a slap in the face to some people. Whatever. Speak to me when ya’ll start getting lynched for your skin color or supposed religious beliefs.

    In the meantime, this was never a big deal to begin with probably because it’s more about liquor and booze than it is about abject hatred and violence. But, yeah, whatever. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Won’t someone think of the people who anonymously claim to be victims on the internet?

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Really- then you’re familiar with Delmon Young and how he feels about Jewish people. Nice to know. Case closed.

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