Curt Ford, who used to play outfield for the St. Louis Cardinals, has reportedly been attacked at a Missouri gas station in a racially motivated incident.
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The 54-year-old played for the Cardinals from 1985-88 before finishing his career by playing two more seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
A 37-year-old man named James Street had pulled up to the station and parked there before allegedly yelling racial slurs at Ford, who ignored him.
These alleged comments included “Go back to Ferguson you (expletive).” After his slur was ignored, Street walked up to Ford and punched him in the face before driving away.
Missouri had recently gone through an uproar as the killing of Michael Brown sparked a heated debate on police officers killing alleged criminals while race became a hot topic as well.
He has since been arrested for assault motivated by third-degree discrimination.
SI Wire reported on this alleged racially-charged assault on Twitter.
Ex-Cardinals OF Curt Ford victim of alleged racially-motivated attack: http://t.co/65x2kdSfRC pic.twitter.com/toOH8lEZgS
— SI Wire (@SI_Wire) March 26, 2015