NFL Player to Donate Game Check After Sharing Gruesome Anti-Police Image
Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is trying to make amends after he shared a gruesome drawing of a police officer's throat being slashed.
The 23-year-old offered a video apology on Wednesday and said he will donate his game check from the first game of this season to fallen police officers.
The game check amount will be $35,294.12 and it will go to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Crowell shared the disturbing image on Instagram last week in the wake of the death of a Baton Rouge man in a police shooting.
He said in the video Wednesday that he was emotional, frustrated and angry when he posted the "disgusting" picture.
Crowell said he removed it immediately on his own, knowing that it was wrong.
"By posting that picture, I became part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution," he said, adding that he's committed to helping create dialogue between people in his community and police officers.
"I know this may not change your mind about me and I know I can't take the post back, but I'm sorry."
His video apology and donation commitment were reportedly accepted by the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, which threatened to boycott working at Browns games.
The union said Crowell's earlier apology was not enough and called for him to travel to Dallas and personally apologize to the families of the officers killed last week.
Crowell played in college at Georgia and Alabama State and was picked up by the Browns after the 2014 draft.