Isaiah Crowell CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 30: Isaiah Crowell #34 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 30, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has already apologized for an offensive photo posted to his Instagram account. In case you thought Crowell was giving you the usual PR lip service in his apology, he is looking to prove his heart is in the right place by offering a game check to the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation.

Crowell posted a video message on his Facebook page once again offering his apology for his offensive image of a cop being slained by a man in a hood. Crowell was caught up in t heat of the moment with his passion and emotion following the shooting deaths of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana from the gun of a police officer. Crowell’s Instagram photo was posted before the open fire on multiple cops in Dallas, which he acknowledged in his original apology.

“I posted a really disgusting, bad picture and I took it down immediately because I knew I was wrong,” Crowell explained. “Nobody had to tell me to take it down… I’m sorry, and I hope you understand that’s not who I am.”

“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,” Crowell said, before announcing he will donate his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation and pledging to committing to helping in any way he can to promote positive relations between the community and the police community.

Here’s hoping this is one step in the right direction for everybody moving forward. If Crowell can become a leading voice in smoothing relations between the police and the people they are sworn to protect, then perhaps others will follow in Crowell’s footsteps. It is good to see a player own up to handling an emotional reaction poorly and find a way to develop a positive out of it rather than shrug it off and move on as if nothing happened.


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