MIAMI — Free agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested after he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel Sunday night, police said.
Young, a 30-year-old who appeared in 52 games for the Baltimore Orioles last year, grabbed the attendant's neck and called him a "stupid Cuban," according to an arrest report. The attendant told police he had refused to let Young on an elevator to a club at the Viceroy Miami because the club was closed. Young left the area for a short time, then returned and attacked the attendant again, the report said.
The attendant got away and called police. Hotel security staff was familiar with Young and directed officers to his condominium, which is located in the hotel's rear tower.
Young told police he didn't know anything about the attack on the attendant, the report said. An officer went on to describe Young's behavior as belligerent.
Young was arrested and charged with battery. He was released Monday morning on $1,500 bail, according to jail records.
His attorney declined to comment on Monday.
Young was suspended for seven days by Major League Baseball in 2012 after his arrest in New York City. Police said then Young yelled anti-Semitic epithets during a late-night, drunken tussle. He pleaded guilty later that year to aggravated harassment, was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and to enroll in a program at the Museum of Tolerance New York as part of the Manhattan District Attorney's office restorative justice program.
Young also has played for Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Detroit and Philadelphia during a 10-year big league career. He has a .283 average with 109 homers and 566 RBIs.