Isaiah Crowell, a running back on the Cleveland Browns, stated Wednesday he will make amends for a controversial Instagram post last week by donating his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Following the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, but before the shootings of police in Dallas, Crowell posted to Instagram a graphic image of a hooded figure slitting the throat of a police officer (you can find a picture of the post here, but viewer discretion is advised). The post was soon deleted, but not before it could be screenshotted and shared around social media.
Presumably seeing the error of his ways, Crowell issued this written apology on Twitter Monday:
However, the Browns quickly made it clear in a statement that "an apology is insufficient and that [Crowell] must take steps to make a positive difference after a very negative and impactful post." In addition, Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, told TMZ that Crowell's apology was "store-bought" and threatened to pull security from Browns games if the running back didn't take more substantive action.
And it appears Crowell is going to take Loomis's recommendation. He released a video on his Facebook page Wednesday, in which he said:
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 do whatever I can to create open dialogue between my communities and the police who serve us.
I know this may 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.
According to ESPN, Crowell's game check is worth $35,294, which would surely be a significant financial help to the families of fallen officers.