(WTVM) – Former Carver High football star and now Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has apologized for a post he made on social media against police, prior to the 5 officers in Dallas being gunned down.
Crowell said he wants to be part of the solution, not the problem, promising to give his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation, which comes out to be at least $35,000. He made that commitment in a video posted on Facebook, which now has more than 50,000 views.
The football star, who played at UGA for one year, said he was "outraged and upset" about the deadly officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, but also "outraged and saddened" by the killing of the five Dallas police officers.
The graphic image that Crowell posted last Wednesday on Instagram shows a police officer's throat being slit, by a hooded executioner. The Georgia native removed that image shortly after posting it, but it was still shared on social media and created an uproar.
He admits it was "an extremely poor decision" and apologized for offending anyone.
Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams tells ESPN, Crowell apologized to him in a phone call Tuesday and that Crowell admitted he was caught up in the emotion of last week.
The Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation was established in 2009 by active Dallas police officers to help immediate families of officers critically injured or killed in the line of duty.
Here's what Crowell posted on his Facebook page this week, in response to the controversy:
"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. 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 5 honorable police officers (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa) who were providing protection while trying to keep peace. 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."