Officer who allegedly slurred Crawford is disciplined

Officer who allegedly slurred Crawford is disciplined

BOSTON -- Carl Crawford is doing his best move past an incident that occurred during his Minor League assignment earlier this month.

On Wednesday, town officials in Leominster, Mass., placed veteran patrol officer John A. Perrault on paid administrative leave after an internal police investigation determined he directed a racial slur toward Crawford on July 6 during a Minor League game in Manchester, N.H. A full hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

"I really don't want to comment on that," Crawford said. "I'm just trying to put that stuff behind me and move forward."

Perrault allegedly slurred Crawford as the left fielder signed autographs before a rehab game with Double-A Portland against the Manchester Fisher Cats. Crawford was in the Minors rehabbing an elbow injury. He made his season debut with the Red Sox on Monday.

Crawford received an apology from Perrault, Leominster town officials and the Fisher Cats organization.

"It surprised me he was a police officer, it's disappointing," Crawford said. "But I just want to put that stuff behind me and not even worry about that anymore. I don't really know how I feel about that. It's just disappointing that it had to happen. It's just one of those things you have to let go.

"You would think as a nation we would have grown past that kind of stuff, so it's one of those things where hopefully that's the last time something like that happens."