July 7, 2012

Team president apologizes for racial slur toward Crawford

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Manchester Fisher Cats issued a statement reiterating "zero-tolerance" for abusive language after Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford says a fan yelled a racial slur at him.

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford takes batting practice at Hadlock Field in Portland as he practices with the Portland Sea Dogs Monday, July 2, 2012. Crawford said a fan yelled a racial slur at him while playing with the Sea Dogs in New Hampshire earlier this week.

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Crawford was on a rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs, which were playing at the Fisher Cats' stadium in Manchester, N.H., when the incident occurred.

Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner apologized to Crawford and said the club will ensure that its policy forbidding "foul, abusive or discriminatory language" is enforced.

Crawford has had a chilly reception since signing a seven-year deal with the Red Sox.

In his first season, he hit .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. This year he has yet to play for Boston because of a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow.


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