The New York Times is reporting that Delmon Young of the Detroit Tigers has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 7 games. Young was arrested last weekend in Manhattan and charged with second degree aggravated harassment.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement on the punishment.
"Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our games stature as a social institution. An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he learn from this unfortunate episode."
ESPN reports that the Commissioner's statement also said that Young would be required to participate in a treatment program.
He will be eligible for reinstatement Friday, May 4. He hasn't played since Friday morning.
At around 230 am Friday morning, Young was standing outside the Manhattan hotel where the Tigers were saying. Police say Young was highly intoxicated and got into an altercation with a group of Jewish tourists from Chicago, yelling anti-Semitic slurs, and tackling a 32-year old man, USA Today reports.
According to ESPN, Young was taken to the hospital by police as he was believed to be extremely intoxicated.
Before being arraigned, he apologized to his teammates and fans for his behavior.
The Tigers did not say anything on the matter until Saturday when Tigers' team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Young was "very apologetic" and knows his actions were inexcusable The NY Times reports.
At the time, Dombrowski was uncertain, but somewhat hopeful that Young could play against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit Monday.
He was at Comerica Park, but did not play as his suspension was announced minutes before game time, The NY Times reports. The game was rained out.
According to ESPN, it is unknown at this time exactly what type of treatment program Young is required to participate in, one for senstivity training, a program for alcohol or anger issues, or a combination of all of them.