Isaiah Crowell pledges game check to Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation
Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is attempting to make amends for a controversial Instagram post by vowing to donate his first game check of the 2016 NFL season to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Crowell last Wednesday posted a disturbing image of a police officer having his throat slashed by a person in a black hood in response to fatal shootings of black men by police last week in Louisiana and Minnesota. The post has since created a firestorm, drawing condemnation from the Browns organization and threats by the Cleveland police union to pull cops from Browns games if Crowell didn’t do more than issue an apology.
Crowell did take down the Instagram post an issued an apology. But he took it a step further by pledging to donate his first game check ($35,294.12 of the $600,000 he’ll be paid this year). He announced the additional step he’s taking to make things right in a video post to Facebook.
A full transcript of the video, as transcribed by cleveland.com:
“Last week like so many others I was frustrated and upset about what is going on in our country. I have friends and family members dealing with violence, I’ve seen violence throughout the country and I’m really emotional about it. And 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 I was wrong. Nobody had to tell me to take it down… not my PR, agent or the Browns had to tell me to take it down because I knew I was wrong. I’m sorry, and I hope you understand that that’s 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, all the kids out there who look up to me, and most of all the good police officers that are out there protecting us everyday.
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 the solution. And to back that up my first game check is going to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. Also, I’m committed to doing whatever I can to create open dialogue between my communities and the police who serve us.
I know this might 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.
While Crowell’s gesture and words may help in some respects, the mess he finds himself in is a stark reminder not only to professional athletes but to the general public that posting things in haste on social media can have dire consequences.