Ex-Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford was assaulted in St. Louis and told to “go back to Ferguson”

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Curt Ford, an outfielder who played four seasons with the Cardinals in the 1980s, was assaulted at a St. Louis gas station and told to “go back to Ferguson you [racial slur].”

Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that 37-year-old James Street has been arrested for allegedly punching the 54-year-old Ford “after shouting racial slurs at him.” Surveillance video captured the incident, which occurred around noon Wednesday when the two men pulled up to the same gas pump.

According to police: “Street was exiting the store when he approached Ford, and unprovoked, punched him in the face, and drove away.”

And now Ford is considering moving away from St. Louis, telling Byers:

I’m going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I’ve had enough of St. Louis. You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside like a hermit.

Byers also noted that Ford “had difficulty speaking clearly because his face was swollen.”