Looks like Major League Baseball player Delmon Young is about to get his mouth washed out with some tolerance.
Young pleaded guilty yesterday to an aggravated harassment charge stemming from an April incident in Manhattan where he shouted an anti-Semitic slur at a group of four men and then tackled one of them to the ground, according to a release from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The altercation occurred outside of the Hilton New York hotel in Midtown during the early morning hours of April 27. Young’s shitty behavior has earned him 10 days of community service and enrollment in the restorative justice program at the Museum of Tolerance New York.
And, Yes.The Museum of Tolerance New York is real.
Young will be just the fourth individual to participate in the program since its inception. The museum is working in conjunction with the Manhattan DA’s Hate Crimes Unit on the project.
Each session is tailored to address the nature of the hate crime committed and “consists of a tour of the Museum’s exhibits, interactive workshops, videos, guided discussions, and special instruction by Museum educators to explore issues of prejudice, diversity, and tolerance,” according to the release..
“Defendants learn how their words and actions can have implications far beyond a single incident, and are taught about sensitivity and compassion,” Manhattan District Attorney Vance said in the release. “We offer a unique experience for offenders to understand the impact of their offense in a broader context and to learn from the tragedies of the past that stemmed from hate and prejudice.”
And this folks — is the type of place you could end up at if you act like a prejudiced asshole. Delmon Young acted like a royal one in April, and now he has to attend classes at the Museum of Tolerance — while also reflecting on the shellacking he and the Detroit Tigers took in the World Series.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 8, 2012