From ESPN: A Massachusetts mayor on Thursday fired a white police officer accused of using a racial slur to taunt Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, saying the officer had "brought discredit" on himself and the department.
have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue
as a patrol officer," Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella wrote in his
termination notice to officer John Perrault.
comes a day after Police Chief Robert Healey recommended during a
disciplinary hearing that the mayor fire Perrault, saying he'd used
racial slurs at least twice before.
Perrault's attorney, Joseph
Sandulli, said his client would either appeal through the civil service
commission or file a grievance through the police union. Sandulli said
Perrault didn't intend the word as a racist insult and the city
"He was criticizing Crawford for being a bad player, not because he was a black man," Sandulli said.
A Red Sox spokeswoman said the team would have no comment on the decision.
Perrault had been on paid leave since he called Crawford a "Monday" before a July 5 minor league game in Manchester, N.H.
word can be used as a derogatory term for blacks, and is often
associated with Mondays being one of the most-hated days of the week,
such as in the common phrase, "I hate Mondays."
I am going to bet that 99.9% of the population did not know that calling a person "Monday" is a racist term. Of course, many times I have said "I hate Mondays" and "Mondays suck" and no one ever said that was a racist term.
On the other hand, if I said "I love Fridays", does that mean I love "whites"?
This is just plain stupid.
So, watch out, if you say "I hate Mondays", you can get fired, especially in Leominster, MA.