Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell kept true to his word by donating his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation as a way to apologize for posting a picture on Instagram of a police officer getting his throat stabbed by a knife.
The foundation received a paycheck of roughly $35,000 from Crowell, which was his first game check he received for playing for the Browns this season.
The foundation did not want Crowell’s money but only to educate him on policing as well as to develop a relationship with the foundation.
Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, President of Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation called Crowell after receiving the paycheck.
“I said, ‘Isaiah, why did you send me a check? I told you you didn’t have to send me a check,”’ Pennie told Cleveland.com. “He said, ‘Sarge, I want to do it. I really want to do it.’ I said, ‘okay, alright, you will now be an executive level sponsor. So now, you are a celebrity sponsor of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.”’
Crowell told Cleveland.com that he never wanted publicity for providing the foundation with the paycheck.
“I said I was going to do it and I wanted to follow through,” Crowell said.
After the incident, Crowell was invited by Pennie to attend one of the funerals of one of the five slain Dallas police officers that were killed in July. Pennie educated Crowell on police service and the two spent the day together. Since then, the two have become close and Pennie calls him his “little brother.”