Young was arrested for tackling a tourist outside the New York Hilton at around 2:30 a.am. though i don’t suppose there’s any good time to tackle a tourist. He is also alleged to have hurled an anti-Semitic epithet the tourist’s way, which is not smart, never mind that the tourist in question isn’t even Jewish, but more to the point, that this is about the ugliest thing I can recall a big-league player doing in recent memory.
In the days since the incident, there’s been a lot of talk by people close to Young, and now Young himself, about his alleged alcohol problem, which strikes me as a convenient excuse. Anti-Semitism isn’t contained in a bottle of whiskey.
Young, who was charged for the incident and is out on $5,000 bail was said on Friday to have “admitted’’ he’s entered an alcohol counseling program. But I think he was only too happy to reveal that, as he alcohol is time-tested as an alibi for all sorts of ugly human behavior. In our society it’s much better to be a drunk than a racist or anti-Semite, though there are folks who are both.
...Young did, however, admit that the publicity surrounding the anti-Semitic comment he is said to have made (it was allegedly the “k’’ word), hurts him the most. “That’s the toughest part, especially being branded anything racist or bigoted, especially when that’s not me,’’ he said to the Tigers media. Young mentioned what a good family he comes from, but assuming that’s true only makes what he’s alleged to have done less execusable. I’m only glad he didn’t pull out the old standby and tell us his agent is Jewish.
Posted: May 05, 2012 at 08:41 AM | 60 comment(s)
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