BOSTON, MA: Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox makes contact but lines out in the third innings against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
While Carl Crawford was on his rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs, a Leominster police officer, John Perrault, allegedly yelled a racial slur at Crawford before a game. Leominster conducted an investigation as to whether or not it was indeed directed at Crawford, and after a Wednesday morning press conference, the result is that the officer is suspended for the outburst.
A paid shame-vacation isn't much of a penalty, one would think, especially for someone who had no problems yelling a racial slur -- supposedly, "monday", a way for people to keep racism going in public with less of a chance of getting caught due to its use as an everyday word as well. The word, which UrbanDictionary.com even has an entry for, isn't so much of a secret that the unnamed officer was able to get away with it, as Crawford reported the incident to stadium officials after hearing it while signing autographs.
...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.
So, good on Leominster for taking the initiative to do something about this. Bad on Leominster -- and more so than there's good -- for essentially handing the officer paid time off for the indiscretion, despite a racist remark that came from someone who wields power over the law and citizenry of Leominster as a 9-to-5.
That is, if this is all it ends up being. It's possible that, with a more official hearing scheduled for next Wednesday, that Perrault will still be fired for this incident, and that the paid suspension is simply a formality until that time. In which case, we're back to "good on Leominster" territory.