Boston's Carl Crawford says fan yelled racial slur at rehab stint

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford says a fan yelled a racial slur at him at his rehab assignment at the stadium of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats are the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox's Carl Crawford, shown in this 2011 file photo, alleges he was the target of a racial slur by a fan in New Hampshire. (File/Associated Press)

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford says a fan yelled a racial slur at him at his rehab assignment at the stadium of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Crawford says he hasn't heard such things in Boston.

Crawford has had a chilly reception since signing a seven-year, $142 million US deal with the Red Sox. In his first season in Boston, he hit .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

He has yet to play in the big leagues this season because of a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow.

Crawford says he understands why fans who love their team are disappointed in his production. But he singled out the one in New Hampshire. Crawford says: "He was the only one I had a problem with."

Video of Crawford's postgame comments were posted on WEEI.com.