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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Delmon Young will undergo evaluation following 'anti-Semetic rant'

Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young has been benched by his ball club — and will undergo alcohol and anger evaluation tomorrow following his arrest for a drunken, anti-Semitic rant outside the team’s Midtown hotel.

“This was a person that was not in a very good state, as far as his sobriety,” team general manager Dave Dombrowski said before last night’s game. “If the allegations are true, that is also concerning and not something you’d like to see happen.”

Young, who planned to return to Detroit immediately as his team finished its series in The Bronx against the Yankees, has been placed on the rarified “restricted list” but will not lose any pay. He will meet tomorrow with an independent evaluator and could be back on the field that night.

The star outfielder was arrested around 2:40 a.m. Friday after he spewed anti-Semitic slurs and allegedly shoved to the ground a tourist who was chatting with a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David outside the Hilton Hotel.

Young, 26, was so drunk he had to be hospitalized — and the NYPD is investigating it as a possible hate crime.

He was released on $5,000 bail Friday night and told a family friend “I’m too tired to go into it. I’m just tired.”

His arrest was a shock to neighbors in the mostly white LA suburb where he grew up — especially since his family was once the victim of a suspected bias crime.

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