Cleveland Brown’s running back Isaiah Crowell issued a public apology after posting a graphic image on Instagram of a police officer getting his throat slit by a hooded figure.
In a video on his Facebook page, Crowell apologized for posting the disturbing image, calling it “an extremely poor decision.”
He said in the video, “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. To back that up, my first game check is going to the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation.”
One game check from Crowell is worth $35,294.
Many people were rightfully upset with Crowell’s post and the head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, President Steve Loomis, threatened that his officers would not work Browns games this season unless he issued a sincere and formal apology to the families of the slain officers that were killed in the Dallas shootings as well as donating to them.
The police union did not accept Crowell’s initial apology saying that it was a “store-bought apology.”
“You’re a grown-a– man, and you claim you were too emotional to know it was wrong?” Loomis told TMZ Sports. “Think we’ll accept your apology? Kiss my a–.”
The Cleveland Police Union later accepted Crowell’s apology after he met their requirements.
In the video apology, Crowell said he would like to open up a dialogue between the community and police.
“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,” Crowell said.
On Tuesday, the Brown’s organization issued a statement regarding Crowell’s initial post.
“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. 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.”
Crowell initially wrote an apology on Twitter on Monday following the backlash and was released by the team.
Crowell’s initial Instagram post of a police officer getting his throat slit was posted before the Dallas shooting but after the killing of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
The caption reads: “They give police all types of weapons and they continually choose to kill us….#Weak.”
Some people tweeted that they were in support of Crowell, including Browns linebacker, Paul Kruger.
Despite the apology, there were many people that were still upset with Crowell and want more disciplinary action.