Social media erupted in outrage after Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell posted a grotesque photo on Instagram last Wednesday of a masked man in black slitting a police officer’s throat.
Under the photo, Crowell wrote, “They give polices all types of weapons and they continuously choose to kill us.”
He removed the image shortly after posting it, but screenshots had already been captured and the outrage had already started – especially since the day after he posted it, five police officers were murdered during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas.
Crowell issued an apology, saying he was outraged over the fatal shootings of two men by police last week, and that he was also outraged and saddened over the killings of the five police officers in Dallas.
“It was an extremely poor decision and I apologize for that mistake and for offending people,” Crowell said in a statement released by the team. “My values and beliefs do not match that image.”
However, some are questioning whether posts like his, that call for violence and death to police officers, are actually inspiring the attacks.
TMZ reports that Cleveland law enforcement is not buying the apology, and is threatening to completely pull out of the Cleveland stadium and refuse to provide security for the games:
Stephen Loomis, President of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, thinks the “store-bought apology” isn’t enough. “He needs to go to Dallas, help the families who lost their loved ones last week, write them a check, look them in the eyes and give a heartfelt apology.”
Loomis says Crowell’s post was as “offensive as putting a picture of historical African-American men being hung from a tree in the 60s.” He adds that if Crowell doesn’t go to Dallas and make a donation, “I will pull Cleveland officers, sheriffs, state troopers out of First Energy Stadium this season if he doesn’t make it right.”
As for Crowell admitting he was wrong and acted out of rage — Loomis says, “You’re a grown ass man, and you claim you were too emotional to know it was wrong? Think we’ll accept your apology? Kiss my ass.”
Crowell did meet with Cleveland’s police chief, but Loomis isn’t satisfied. He’s demanding the Browns and/or the NFL drop the hammer.
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The Cleveland Browns issued this statement:
“We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision. It was completely inappropriate and we have made him aware of our high level of disappointment,” the team said in a written statement. “Isaiah has apologized but also knows that just an apology is insufficient and that he must take steps to make a positive difference after a very negative and impactful post.”
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