|Carl Crawford could return to the Red Sox lineup as soon as Monday. (Getty Images)|
The fan who directed a racial slur at Boston's Carl Crawford last week in a minor-league game may have been a Massachusetts police officer, the Boston Herald reports. Leominster, Mass., officials are investigating the incident and have placed an officer on "desk duty" until it finishes its investigation, according to the report. The officer has not been publicly identified.
Crawford noted a fan shouted a racial slur at him at a rehab game in Manchester, N.H., last week. According to the report, the team received "a number of tips and complaints" about the incident, which could cost the officer his job. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the incident occured while Crawford was signing autographs before the Double-A game. That same fan continued to heckle Crawford with cries of "overpaid" and "overrated" during the game, Crawford said.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats president said if the team can identify who yelled the offending words, they'd be banned for life from the team's stadium.
"We apologize to Mr. Crawford and regret that his playing visit to our facility was affected in any negative manner and we will do everything we can to make sure our policy of forbidding foul, abusive or discriminatory language at our games and events continues to be enforced in the future," Brenner said in a statement released by the team.
Crawford has yet to play for the Red Sox this season, but could be back in the team's lineup as soon as Monday.
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