Crawford says he was the target of racist remarks
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford said he was the target of racist remarks on Thursday night.
Crawford was playing a rehab game with the Portland Sea Dogs in Manchester, N.H. when a fan allegedly used a racial slur to heckle him before his first at bat.
"I pointed the guy out and everything and they didn't kick him out of the game,” Crawford said.
Racial slurs at the ballpark; that's not what we want to teach our kids about America’s favorite pastime. But the Red Sox left fielder said that's exactly what happened in Manchester, New Hampshire Thursday night. And apparently, he was told it's not a surprise.
“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of this that goes on. Basically, I guess, I was supposed to just take it. I don't want to be no part of that,” Crawford said.
"That's not how we are in this state -- live free or die -- but I mean, you don’t do that kind of thing, that’s ridiculous,” said Mike Duvisz, a New Hampshire fan.
“I thought we got rid of that. But I guess not,” said one man.
The Fisher Cats -- the host team -- told 7News anytime major league rehab players are in the game, security is stepped up.
The president said in a statement, “The Fisher Cats organization has a zero- tolerance policy on foul, abusive, or discriminatory language in the stadium at any time. We will take appropriate and immediate action and remove a fan or fans from the event."
But the Cats said they were never made aware of the incident and that police handled the situation to their satisfaction.
“He obviously did. I heard he called a radio station and said he didn’t do it but it’s a total lie,” Crawford said.