The head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association is threatening to keep officers from working at Cleveland Browns home games this season after team running back Isaiah Crowell, who posted an image on Instagram of a man slitting the throat of a police officer.
According to CBS Sports, Crowell’s post came in the tense aftermath of the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile but 24 hours before five Dallas officer were gunned down by an afrocentrist Army veteran.
The images caption read “Mood: They give police all types of weapons and they continuously choose to kill us… #Weak.” Crowell would later delete the post and issue an apology.
“Last week was an emotional and difficult week as we saw extreme acts of violence against black men across our country as well as against police officers in Dallas,” Crowell said in a statement. “I posted an image to Instagram in the midst of that emotion that I shouldn’t have and immediately removed it. It was an extremely poor decision and I apologize for that mistake and for offending people.”
However, CPPA president Stephen Loomis isn’t sold on the player’s statement, saying the “store-bought apology” was insufficient.
“You’re a grown ass man, and you claim you were too emotional to know it was wrong? Think we’ll accept your apology? Kiss my ass,” Loomis told TMZ. “He needs to go to Dallas, help the families who lost their loved ones last week, write them a check, look them in the eyes and give a heartfelt apology.”
Lomis said the Instagram post was as “offensive as putting a picture of historical African-American men being hung from a tree in the ’60s,” and that he would pull CPD officers, county sheriffs and state troopers from the stadium for the entire season if Crowell didn’t go to Dallas and make a donation.
The Browns have no plans to cut ties with Crowell.
“We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision,” the team said Monday in the statement. “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.”
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