A week after being arrested and accused of yelling anti-Semitic epithets in New York, an apologetic Delmon Young is trying to make amends.
“I’m sorry to all the fans, the Tigers, my teammates and everybody out there, but I just want everyone to know that I am not anti-Semitic,” the Detroit outfielder said. “I wasn’t raised that way. I came from a good family and we weren’t taught any of that.”
Young spoke to reporters in the dugout before Friday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
He was reinstated earlier in the day from the restricted list following a seven-day suspension, but Young was not in the starting lineup. Manager Jim Leyland said he likely will use him at designated hitter over the weekend.
Young had been forced to sit out by Major League Baseball since police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets during a late-night, drunken tussle before he was arrested at a New York hotel the morning of April 27.
Young said Friday he couldn’t talk about anything “case related” but he says he’s getting treatment in MLB’s alcohol program.
“I put myself in a bad situation, and I have no one to blame but myself,” he said. “I hope that going through the treatment program will get all the help I need to come back and be a great teammate and a successful baseball player in the Tigers’ organization.”
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