Friday, July 6, 2012

Crawford Cites Racial Slur From Manchester Fan

Mark Bolton/Union Leader
Carl Crawford stated that a vocal, heckling fan at yesterday's Sea Dogs-Fisher Cats game in Manchester, NH uttered a racial slur at the Red Sox outfielder—who is rehabbing with Boston's AA Portland team. During this morning Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on WEEI 93.7 FM, a caller from New Hampshire (identified only as "Tom") admitted (to substitute hosts Dale Arnold and Larry Johnson) that he was the person incessantly heckling Crawford all night—but denied using any racial slurs. The caller went on to admit that he deliberately wanted to let Crawford know how upset he was with the player's performance. There is no place in any sector of society for this type of behavior. If this fan, or any other fan, utters a racial slur toward any player, security at that public venue—including Manchester's Northeast Delta Dental Stadium—has to eject the offender. Since the slur was apparently uttered before the game, action should have been swift and decisive at the outset of this incident. No matter what you think of Carl Crawford's play on the field, no human being should be subjected to this.