Cleveland Browns fans are demanding former Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell be cut from the team after the third-year pro posted a photo on his Instagram account that depicted a graphic image of a police officer being stabbed in the neck.
On Monday, Crowell, who said he posted the image in the aftermath of police-involved shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, apologized for what he called “a extremely poor decision.”
“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,” he wrote. “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.
“My values and beliefs do not match that image. I am outraged and upset by the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile along with so many others. I am also outraged and saddened by the attacks in Dallas and the deaths of the five honorable police officers (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa) who were providing protection while trying to keep peace.
Crowell’s post comes in the wake of five Dallas police officers being fatally shot during a march over the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
“We have to be better as a society, it’s not about color, it’s about what’s right and wrong. I was very wrong in posting that image. Every single life matters, every death as a result of violence should be treated with equal outrage and penalty.”
According to Cleveland.com, the Browns do not plan to discipline Crowell for the social media post.