New York, NY, May 1, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for his clear statement, in suspending Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young without pay for seven days, that anti-Semitic or bigoted conduct on the part of players will not be tolerated and will have serious consequences.
"We commend Major League Baseball for the decision to suspend Delmon Young for his inappropriate and offensive behavior," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "While there is no place at any level in our society for manifestations of anti-Semitism, it is especially important for Major League players and others in the public eye to set a positive example. It is our hope that Mr. Young will learn from this experience, and become a better role model for the many fans who admire his athletic skills."
Young is facing a misdemeanor aggravated harassment hate crime charge stemming from incident on April 27 outside of a hotel in New York City, where he reportedly was involved in a dispute during which he allegedly hurled anti-Semitic epithets.
Mr. Selig announced the suspension yesterday, saying: "Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game's stature as a social institution. An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated. I think that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode."
ADL praised the decision to suspend Young in a letter to Commissioner Selig. Last week, the League had issued a statement calling for action after first learning of the episode from news reports.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.