Policeman John Perrault Fired After Calling Red Sox Player A 'Monday'

John Perrault policeman racist epithet

For professional athletes, taunting comes with the territory. So Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford probably didn't expect the catcalls to end during his stint this summer with the minor league Portland Sea Dogs while recovering from a wrist injury. But when an off-duty police officer allegedly hurled an obscure racial slur at Crawford, the lawman ended up losing his job.

Crawford was accosted July 5 before a game in Manchester, N.H., by John Perrault, who called the black player "Monday." ("Mondays" is a slang term that racists sometimes use for black people because, their thinking goes, it's an unpopular day of the week.) Crawford reported the incident to stadium officials, The Associated Press said, and after an investigation Perrault was fired Thursday from the Leominster, Mass., police force.

The decision by Mayor Dean Mazzarella to sack Perrault (pictured above) came after Leominster Police Chief Robert Healey held a disciplinary hearing for Perrault in which the officer was found to have a history of making racial slurs.

"You have demonstrated through your racist comments that you cannot continue as a patrol officer," was how Mazzarella put it in a letter terminating Perrault.

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Perrault's alleged racist comments included telling a black man at a bar on St. Patrick's Day, "I didn't know they serve Guinness in Africa."

For his part, Perrault, through his counsel, Joseph Sandulli, denied that there was anything racial in taunting Crawford.

"He was criticizing Crawford for being a bad player, not because he was a black man," Sandulli said.

Sandulli also cited the testimony of two of Perrault's superior officers who were present at the game, and didn't detect any racist intent in his remark.

But Mazzarella was dubious.

"Your actions are so egregious that severe discipline is warranted," the mayor informed Perrault in the letter. "There is no place for someone who exhibits such objectionable behavior in the Leominster Police Department."

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The use of "Mondays" as a racist epithet in Massachusetts has been cited before, including by Canadian-born comedian Russell Peters. In one routine for HBO's Def Comedy Jam in 2008, Peters (who is of Indian descent) noted how "Mondays" can be a code word for more outlandish epithets. "Why the f**k do you call black people Mondays?" he said that he asked a white Massachusetts man. Peters said the man responded: "Because nobody likes Mondays."

And of course, the Bay State was home to one of the most notorious public incidents involving race relations in the recent past. In the summer of 2009, famed Harvard historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested for disorderly conduct for allegedly breaking into what turned out to be his own home. The uproar culminated in a meeting at the White House 10 days after the incident, attended by Gates, the arresting officer, Sgt. Joseph Crowley, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. The meet-and-greet that was intended to help ease tensions was publicly dubbed the "beer summit."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that Russell Peters is black.


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Being called a Monday is NOT a racial slur. When this poor Leominster Cop was fired last spring for calling Carl Crawford this....there was absolutely NO REFERENCES anywhere that even hints as this being a racial slur. This slang took its own life at the time of this accusation. Special Interest groups grasped on to this, which is bull crap. Check your facts!!!! I recommend the Fired Police Officer to sue the City and the Officials in the City for being put through a National embarrassment. Also go after Carl Crawford and MLB for pursuing such a bogus claim! Police Officials do not think before they act. I am a retired PO. I had to fight for my job after being falsely accused, and proved the administration wrong. Being in LE is a thankless job! Go collect!

March 09 2013 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
daveclementsusa

**** the Police!
Clear enough?

September 07 2012 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beswain54

why do italian men despise black men so much? this man is only expressing what he hears around him. is this guy itailian?

August 17 2012 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe Ryan

So now we have to call the 1st day of the week the "M" word so as not to offend Colored Folks...oops I mean Negroes...oops I mean African Americans oh sorry I meant Black People. Truth be told...I think the real people who are hurt by this language are the Liberal White "Progressives" ...the elitist fools who control the Media and have self anointed themselves as editors of "Political Correctness" They continuosly add words to the list of offensive words to give minorities a reason to be offended by which they imply that minorities are inferior. If I were a minority...I would Demand to be treated equally. These Liberal White "Progressives" coddle you because they think you are inferior...that you need extra points on a Civil Service Exam, Quotas, etc...
By assuming the role of "protector"....they diminish you as human beings as if you are incapable of defending
yourselves. In fact...they keep you down every chance they get...it makes them feel superior! They are heroin in your bloodstream...they are the antichrists...white devils. I urge you to caste these Rainbow Liberals aside
and join us as equals at the table of one United States of America. We meet this Monday....ooops!
They turn us against each other....caste them off and be Free! Vote conservative!

August 16 2012 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vic Abbate

Mama'a and Papa's "Monday Monday so good to me never heard of the word used for that purpose

August 16 2012 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
csmpr

Now he has Mondays off.....LOLOL

August 08 2012 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janedear9

What??? I never heard of this. This world gets stupider, and stupider by the day.

August 08 2012 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
SJ

That is stupid, never heard of a Monday being a racial slur. You could use it against any race or anything. You know what is a real Monday? Going back to work on Monday.

Further, way to botch and simplify the Lewis Gates story. You left out that Gates was being a butthole that refused to show ID (which if you don't do that, how can the officer know who is trying to break in to the house...the officer was trying to protect Gates property and Gates should have been grateful). The media tried to paint the officer as a racist, but in the end the officer's record proved he was actually commended for his past work in race relations. Can AOL please hire a writer that is not a liberal hack?

August 02 2012 at 3:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
adamyaz

Here's to all my Mondayz out there. I can say Mondayz because I put a Z at the end. But with an S at the end - it's racist. He should have known better.

August 02 2012 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yotzeeee

im italian so nobody better call me a tuesday or a wednesday but its ok to call me friday saturday or sunday because we like those days. WTF is this country becoming. what a joke. this politically correct crap has gotten way out of control

August 02 2012 at 1:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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