While Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has the right to due process, both through baseball's system and the legal system, the Tigers also have the right to not play him.
And in the aftermath of Young's reported drunken, anti-Semitic outburst in New York early Friday morning, Young should not play for the Tigers until the situation sorts itself out. It clearly has not on a number of different levels.
What Young is accused of is beyond disrepectul to a large segement of Southeastern Michigan's population. It should not be as simple as, "if he is cleared to play he will play," as Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski stated over the weekend.
Why play him? So the Tigers can insult a significant portion of their fan base? Do the Tigers need a lesson in the Holocost in order to understand playing Young as soon as this week would be beyond insenstive?
I would hope not.
Look, I can't stand political correctness run amuck, but that isn't the case here. An incident like this doesn't blow over in just a few days. Nor should it.
Part of this is baseball's responsibility. Young should not be cleared to play anytime soon by the commissioner's office. Part of this is the Players Association's responsibility.Their stance should be getting Young help before he comes back, if it is deemed necessary. Or clearing his name before he comes back, if he is being unfairly accused. It should not be simply just getting Young back on the field as soon as poosible.
It'd be different if Young's pay was suspended during this process, but it isn't.