According to reports, Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has now fulfilled his pledge to donate his first paycheck of the season to the Dallas Fallen Police Officers Foundation.
Crowell donated around $35,000 to the police fund after promising to do so earlier this summer when he caused pain and controversy by posting an image of a police officer being murdered on his social media, according to LawOfficer.com.
The Browns player posted a gruesome Black Lives Matter drawing of an ISIS-styled character in a black hood bloodily slitting the throat of a police officer who was depicted as kneeling with his arms tied behind his back. The image was posted only days after the July 7 ambush and murder of five Dallas police officers.
Posted and then deleted from Isaiah Crowell’s Instagram. pic.twitter.com/5gquTsL1Qc
— Cleveland SportsTalk (@CLEsportsTalk) July 11, 2016
Crowell quickly deleted the post and apologized saying, “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 continued, explaining: “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.”
After offering his apology, Crowell also pledged to donate his first NFL player’s check to the Dallas police foundation. In addition, after a meeting with members of the foundation, some Dallas officers forgave the player for his social media post.
“It’s important for the police to start opening a dialogue — just because you did something wrong and bad by all accounts and now you want to talk about it, let’s talk about it,” Sergeant and President of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation Demetrick Pennie told Breitbart Texas.
Crowell rushed for 706 yards and earned four touchdowns for the Browns last season. He competed in college for the University of Georgia but also found controversy then when a weapons charge led to his dismissal from the team and a transfer to Alabama State.
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