MLB suspends Delmon Young for seven days without pay

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Confirming a report from earlier this afternoon, Major League Baseball just announced that Delmon Young has been suspended for seven days without pay following his arrest last week.

Young was charged with third-degree assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime for an alleged altercation outside the Tigers’ hotel in New York City last Friday morning.

The suspension is retroactive to April 27, so he’ll be eligible to return this Friday when the Tigers take on the White Sox.

Here’s the full statement from MLB:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has been suspended for seven days without pay, retroactive to Friday, April 27th, for the incident that occurred in New York last week.

Young will be eligible to be reinstated from the Restricted List prior to Detroit’s game on Friday, May 4th.  Young also will be required to participate in a treatment program as a part of the discipline related to this matter.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said: “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 understand that Mr. Young is regretful, and it is my expectation that he will learn from this unfortunate episode.”

Pete Rose dismisses his defamation lawsuit against John Dowd

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Last year Pete Rose field a defamation lawsuit against attorney John Dowd after Dowd gave a radio interview in which he said that Rose had sexual relations with underage girls that amounted to “statutory rape, every time.” Today Rose dismissed the suit.

In a statement issued by Rose’s lawyer and Dowd’s lawyer, the parties say they agreed “based on mutual consideration, to the dismissal with prejudice of Mr. Rose’s lawsuit against Mr. Dowd.” They say they can’t comment further.

Dowd, of course, is the man who conducted the investigation into Rose’s gambling which resulted in the Hit King being placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list back in 1989. The two have sparred through the media sporadically over the years, with Rose disputing Dowd’s findings despite agreeing to his ban back in 1989. Rose has changed his story about his gambling many times, usually when he had an opportunity to either make money off of it, like when he wrote his autobiography, or when he sought, unsuccessfully, to be reinstated to baseball. Dowd has stood by his report ever since it was released.

In the wake of Dowd’s radio comments in 2015, a woman came forward to say that she and Rose had a sexual relationship when she was under the age of 16, seemingly confirming Dowd’s assertion and forming the basis for a strong defense of Rose’s claims (truth is a total defense to a defamation claim). They seem now, however, to have buried the hatchet. Or at least buried the litigation.

That leaves Dowd more free time to defend his latest client, President Trump. And Rose more time to do whatever it is Pete Rose does with his time.