Phillies outfielder ordered to take anger management classes
Major League Baseball (MLB) suspended Delmon Young, an outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, for seven games and ordered him to take anger management classes and alcohol counseling following an anti-Semitic incident last year, in April 2012. Now, he may be forced to pay off a serious settlement as part of his punishment.
According to the New York Daily News, Young, who was playing with the Detroit Tigers at the time, had been drunk when he saw fellow ballplayer Jason Shank and a group of friends give some money to a panhandler on the street that was wearing a Star of David and yarmulke. Young reportedly went ballistic and attacked Shank in front of a Hilton Hotel, yelling anti-Semitic remarks despite the fact that neither Shank nor his friends are Jewish.
“His anti-Semitism came out in full blaze,” remarked lawyer Robert Kelner, who is filing a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court to force Young to pay $10 million in damages. “I hope for his sake that he can recognize a fastball better than he can a Jewish person.”
Young pleaded guilty to harassment charges last November, after which he received his punishment from MLB, including his mandatory anger management.
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