Boston.com reports the rehab assignment for Crawford took a nasty turn recently as an off-duty officer yelled what could be construed as a racial epithet at him.
The report cites information attained from Dean Mazzarella, mayor of Leonminster, the town the officer allegedly lives in.
Here is what the report had to say.
Mazzarella, a life-long Red Sox fan, didn't name the officer but says he's a 5-year veteran and white, with no prior disciplinary issues.
Crawford, who is black, was on a rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs on July 5 when he says before a game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, N.H., a heckling fan called him a "monday," which can be a derogatory term for blacks.
For inquiring minds, I direct you to the good people over at Urban Dictionary who have a breakdown of all the things the word Monday could mean.
Note there is a racist term in the description for the sixth entry, and incidentally, we come to see what all the fuss is about.
Excuse me for not knowing that these crazy racist kids are using for slang nowadays, but I am glad I now know what it means.
The only thing worse than a racist is a cowardly one who would like to hide behind secret code because they are too afraid to show their true colors.
Of course, I have to follow that condemnation by saying these are all allegations at the moment. But rest assured I will be asking follow-up questions if anyone calls me a day of the week.
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