Former Tiger Delmon Young arrested after allegedly choking, threatening a valet

Free agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested and charged with battery Sunday night in Miami after he choked and threatened to kill a valet attendant, police said.

According to a Miami police report, Young grabbed a valet attendant by his neck and started to choke him after the attendant refused to let him into an elevator to a club at the Brickell hotel.

The attendant told Young that the club was closed, but Young became irate and said, “Stupid Cuban. Open the (expletive) door. I’m here. Now what?” the report said.

Young walked away for a moment, but returned demanding that the attendant open the door.

After the attendant repeated that the club was closed, Young told him, “I’m gonna (expletive) kill you, you Latin piece of (expletive),” the report said.

Young then reached over the valet podium and placed his hands on the attendant’s neck, but the attendant was able to break free and ran for help, the report said.

Police were called and arrived at Young’s condominium where Young opened the door, naked from the waist down. The officers asked Young to get dressed and reported that Young “was unsteady on his feet and spoke with slurred speech.”

Police said Young was belligerent and told an officer, “I’ll slap you in the face with money, you (expletive) Cuban.”

This was not Young’s first run in with the law. In 2012, as a member of the Tigers, he was arrested in New York City after police claimed that he yelled anti-Semitic epithets during a fight at his hotel.

Young, 30, last played in the MLB in 2015 appearing in 52 games with the Baltimore Orioles. As a member of the Tigers in 2011 and 2012, Young batted .268 with 26 homers and 106 RBI. Young is also the Tigers all-time leader in post-season home runs with nine.

With suspect plate discipline and atrocious defensive skills, this incident likely puts the nail in the coffin on any return to baseball for Young.

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