A policeman who allegedly used a racial slur in reference to Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford has been fired, the mayor of Leominster, Mass., announced Thursday.
In his letter to John Perrault to announce Perrault's dismissal, Leominster mayor Dean J. Mazzarella said, according to the Boston Herald, "Your actions are so egregious that severe discipline is warranted. There is simply no place for your behavior in the workplace and there is no place for someone who exhibits such objectionable behavior in the Leominster Police Department, or any city department, for that matter."
Leominster Police Chief Robert Healey had recommended on Wednesday that Perrault be fired for comments made at a July 5 minor league game in Manchester, N.H.
Officials said Perrault, who was off-duty at the time, called Crawford a "Monday," a racial slur.
"I have concluded, based upon other incidents where you uttered racist remarks, that you called Mr. Crawford a 'Monday' because he is African-American, not simply because you do not care for him as a baseball player," Mazzarella said in the letter. "In arriving at this conclusion, I did not check common sense at the door."
In his letter, Mazzarella also said Perrault's Facebook page included "racially insensitive" material. In that Facebook page, Perrault called his comment to Crawford "priceless."