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Former Tiger slugger Young has day in court

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NEW YORK -- Former Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground outside a New York City hotel last spring.

The 27-year-old outfielder, who became a free agent after the World Series, was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enrol in a program at the Museum of Tolerance New York as part of the Manhattan District Attorney's office restorative justice program.

"Delmon clearly regrets what happened and took the necessary steps to put this issue behind him today," his lawyer, Dan Ollen, said in a statement. "He has learned from this experience and will continue to do everything he can to improve himself as a person and player."

Young was standing outside of the Hilton New York and was accused of yelling anti-Jewish epithets at a group of tourists, tussling with them and tackling one to the ground in April, when the Tigers were in town to play the New York Yankees.

If Young completes the program successfully he'll be able to withdraw his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge.

"Dispositions for defendants charged with bias-related crimes need to be thoughtful and tailored toward healing both the defendant and the entire targeted community," District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance said.

Ollen said that in six months, "the charges will be vacated and reduced to a simple violation of harassment, which is not a crime under New York law."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 8, 2012 D10

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