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Mass. Officer Suspended for Lobbing Racial Slur at Red Sox Outfielder

July 19, 2012  | 

Photo: BaseballBacks (Flickr).
Photo: BaseballBacks (Flickr).

A Massachusetts police officer was put on paid leave Wednesday after an internal investigation found that he directed a racial slur at Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, the Associated Press is reporting.

Officer John Perrault was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing scheduled for next week at which he could face more severe punishment, and even could be fired, Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella and police chief Robert Healey said.

The off-duty incident occurred July 5 during a minor league game in Manchester, N.H., between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Portland Sea Dogs. Crawford was rehabbing from a wrist injury and playing for the Sea Dogs.

Read the AP Story on ESPN.com

Tags: Officer Disciplined, Leominster (Mass.) PD, Pro Athletes


Comments (11)

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Jamal @ 7/19/2012 7:10 PM

I've never heard the word 'monday' used as a racial slur. I guess almost everything you say now can be interpreted as racist. As long as it's a white person saying it, then it's bad.

Richard Kraft @ 7/19/2012 9:18 PM

Ok, my head is now officially spinning around. what in the @#$% was said? Departments across this country need to stop all of this BS over stuff that really is BS. If the guy actually did say something out of line, send him to coulseling and help him don't hang him out to dry and take his livelihood from him. If he really is a jackass with a history then put a boot in his ass and be done w/ him!

gduffey @ 7/19/2012 10:38 PM

First I ever heard of "Monday" being a racial slur, lesson learned. Three strikes rule applies to criminals, but I guess not to LEO's. If this incident is not a first time occurrence or shows a pattern of past behavior then he has to face the music. If he deserves it then good luck to him.

Bob@Az. @ 7/19/2012 11:44 PM

Um, "monday" is a racial slur? News to me, but then again I'm old. But what bothers me is this veteran Officer, with no prior marks, was off duty, in civilian clothes and is being harassed by his chief (?) and the mayor? What a piss poor reaction. Wonder what would have happened if the ball player was white and Perrault was black? Not a damn thing. Sad.

LOL @ 7/20/2012 8:43 AM

Sounds like "Monday" morning quarterbacking? In this case the intent would be more important than the actual words. If he is a terrible baseball player (not saying Crawford is, I don't know who he is) then his fans have the right to criticize his performance. If the officer knew it was intended to be a racial slur then it doens't matter whether he called him the N-word or "sweetheart". Again it is intent which will be hard to prove if the word has several meanings.

Mark Krueger @ 7/20/2012 10:21 AM

Nonsense! (Unless now the word "nonsense" is a racial slur).

John @ 7/20/2012 2:11 PM

Off duty & out of uniform should equal freedom of speech. Militant racial groups, mainstream media, p.c. voters/politicians & trial lawyers are destroying this country.

Tim in SAC @ 7/20/2012 7:16 PM

All this time I have been complaining about Mondays and how I hate them I was making a racial slur. I gotta be more careful.

Bob @ 7/22/2012 12:08 PM

I honestly don't get this one. How is "Monday" a racial slur? I read the linked article, but still don't get it.

If talking trash at sporting events has become some kind of hate crime, then we're all doomed.

calendar @ 7/23/2012 4:12 AM

Six day week,time to recalculate the calendar.

Jay @ 7/23/2012 5:06 AM

The guy is off duty and calls an over paid whinner a "Monday" and gets suspended. What has this country become. Somebody had it out for this guy thats for sure.

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