NH team president apologizes for fan’s racial slur made at Boston’s Carl Crawford

Posted July 07, 2012, at 10:25 p.m.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Manchester Fisher Cats issued a statement reiterating “zero-tolerance” for abusive language after Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford says a fan yelled a racial slur at him.

Crawford was on a rehab assignment with the Portland Sea Dogs, which were playing at the Fisher Cats’ stadium in Manchester, N.H., when the incident occurred.

Fisher Cats President Rick Brenner apologized to Crawford and said the club will ensure that its policy forbidding “foul, abusive or discriminatory language” is enforced.

Crawford has had a chilly reception since signing a seven-year deal with the Red Sox.

In his first season, he hit .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. This year he has yet to play for Boston because of a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow.

Crawford’s rehabilitation assignment has been put on hold because of a mild groin strain.

Boston manager Bobby Valentine said Saturday that Crawford felt something when he was rounding second on a triple Thursday for Double-A Portland.

Crawford has missed the entire season while recovering from an injured left wrist.

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