CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is promising to donate his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation after posting a controversial photo following recent police-involved shootings.
Crowell made the promise and apologized to fans in a one-and-a-half-minute video posted to Facebook Wednesday morning.
He’s been under fire since posting to Instagram a graphic illustration of a police officer having his throat cut. The Browns previously said Crowell quickly regretted the post and instantly took it down.
Since, he’s apologized in a statement released through the Browns and also personally apologized to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
In his Facebook video Wednesday, Crowell again said he was sorry and that he was frustrated about “what’s going on in our country. He said he had friends and family dealing with violence throughout the country. He said he was extremely emotional when he posted the photo.
He also said in part:
“During that emotion, I did something I wish I could take back. I posted a really disgusting, bad picture, and I took it down immediately because I knew it was wrong. Nobody had to tell me to take it down…because I knew I was wrong. I’m sorry. And I hope you will understand it is not who I am.
I would never wish violence on anyone, especially a police officer. I’m sorry to all the Browns fans, all the people who support my career and all the kids out there who look up to me. And most of all, the good police officers who are out there protecting us every day.
By posting that picture, I became part of the problem. I don’t want to be part of the problem. I want to be part of that solution.”
“I know this may not change your mind about me, and I know I can’t take the post, back but I’m sorry and moving forward, I’m committed to being part of the solution.”