Isaiah Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post
Isaiah Crowell faced the media on Thursday at the Cleveland Browns practice facility and not surprisingly the issue of a controversial image he posted last month on Instagram was a topic of discussion.
Crowell in July posted a disturbing image of a police officer being stabbed in the throat by a person in a black hood in the wake of fatal shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, although it came before five police officers during a Dallas protest. The post not surprisingly drew condemnation from the Browns organization, the Cleveland police union, among countless others.
During his comments to the media Thursday, the Browns running back used the phrase “that’s not who I am” at least five times, according to cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe.
“I understand it because I made the mistake by posting the picture,” he said, via ESPN. “It’s my fault, so I man up and say, ‘I apologize to everyone and I’m sorry to all my fans and the whole Browns organization.’ I’ll do my best at trying to show people that’s not who I am.”
Amid the swirling controversy and fallout from the post, Crowell did attempt to make amends on several fronts for what he now admits was a horrible mistake.
After his initial apology was criticized for falling short of what arguably was needed, Crowell pledged to donate his first game check this season to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation in a lengthy, apologetic video posted to Facebook.
Crowell also attended a funeral of one of the police officers killed in Dallas and met with Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams. Despite the desire to make things right, Crowell understands that some people may never forgive him for his transgression.
“I feel like I have to prove (that’s not who I am) every day,” he said.
Browns vice president of player personnel Sashi Brown and head coach Hue Jackson both praised Crowell for how he ultimately handled and continues to handle the situation. And Crowell is grateful to the organization for the chance to change hearts and minds by how he conducts himself going forward.
“I want to be part of the solution and not the problem, and posting that picture I was part of the problem,” he said. “I don’t want to be that.”
While Crowell of course can’t take back posting the controversial image, he seems to be doing everything in his power to make things right. And for that he deserves some credit.