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Cleveland police association accepts Isaiah Crowell’s apology


After refusing to accept Isaiah Crowell’s original apology, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association has reconsidered after the Cleveland Browns running back issued a personal and heartfelt message in a video posted Wednesday morning on Facebook.

Crowell originally apologized via a written statement for posting an image to social media depicting a disturbing illustration depicting a police officer being stabbed in the neck in response to fatal shootings of black men by police last week in Louisiana and Minnesota. Crowell’s post

The statement elicited a less-than-positive response from the Cleveland police union, which included a threat to pull cops from Browns games if Crowell didn’t do more than issue a written apology.

But Crowell’s more sincere attempt at making amends for his mistake — including a pledge to donate his first game check to a Dallas police foundation — has led to Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Stephen Loomis to speak on behalf of his organization and formally accept Crowell’s second attempt at an apology.

“I appreciate the apology and we accept it,” Loomis said, via TMZ. “People are allowed to make mistakes in life. Our problem was that first apology. It wasn’t sincere. But Isaiah stepped up to the plate to make a personal apology, and we definitely appreciate his donation to the Fallen Officers Foundation.”

“… I’d love to work with Isaiah in the future. How cool would it be if Isaiah and I attended community events together to really make a difference in the city? We are missing opportunities that we should be seizing as law enforcement and athletes in the city.”

“I’m glad we didn’t have to go the route of boycotting Browns games. We would not have enjoyed that. We wanted to give Isaiah the opportunity to make things right, and he did.”