Inquiry determines cop directed racial epithet toward Carl Crawford

Boston's Carl Crawford was subjected to a racial slur while on minor-league rehab assignment. (Getty Images)

Not long ago, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford while on minor-league rehab assignment was allegedly racially slurred by a Leominster, Massachusetts police officer. Now, reports the Boston Globe, an official inquiry has determined that the officer did in fact make the slur. A course of action will be determined next week when a discplinary hearing is conducted.

"This is a tough enough world we all live in. Nobody wants to be subjected to that," Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella said of the indicent. "This shouldn’t happen anywhere, not any baseball park, not anywhere."

As for the slur itself, this is where the story gets strange. Writes Adam Sege of the Globe:

Crawford said he was signing autographs before his Sea Dogs game when the fan called him a "Monday." The racial epithet is less well-known. Urban Dictionary defines "Monday" as "Another way of saying [the N-word] without getting caught."

Mazzarella said today that whether Monday qualifies as a racial epithet was not an issue for investigators. What was relevant to them, he said, was the fact that Crawford believed it to be a racial slur.

Am I the only one who's never heard of the word "Monday" used as a slur?

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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