STAMFORD — For the second time, a city man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly calling another man an ethnic slur, this time at a private club in Stamford on Presidents’ Day.

Police say Gerard Flood, 50, of Uncas Road, was charged with intimidation based on bigotry or bias and was released after posting a $5,000 court appearance bond.

Sgt. Kenneth Jarrett said the incident occurred inside the Eagles Club on East Main Street just before 4 p.m. on Monday. He said that a man entered the club as a guest of a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and began socializing. At one point Flood, who is white, began calling the man an ethnic slur based on the color of his skin, Jarrett said.

At some point the disagreement became physical and the two got into a brawl, and struck each other, Jarrett said.

When police got to the club, they could see that the guest had been punched and had some swelling above his eye. Flood was taken into custody at that point.

Flood’s attorney, Stephan E Seeger, said he would look at video and other evidence “in an effort to understand the allegations against the backdrop of other perspective revealing facts.”

“Cases that involve bigotry-motivated arrests can be highly charged and stir up negative emotion,” he said. “But poor choice of words like bad jokes can often be taken out of context. We are conducting our own investigation immediately to ensure the whole story surfaces”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com