Isaiah Crowell is sorry. He’s very sorry. In fact, he’s now over $37,000 worth of sorry. That’s how much the Cleveland Browns’ running back will donate to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation by donating 1/16th of his 2016 salary to make amends for tweeting out a cartoon of a cop having his throat slashed.
As TMZ puts it, Crowell is putting his money where his mouth is:
Crowell apologized at the Browns’ request, but as we first told you … police organizations felt the apology was empty, and one threatened to organize a police boycott of Browns home games this season.
Now, Crowell’s putting his money where his mouth is, vowing to donate an entire game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, which supports families of officers killed in the line of duty.
FYI — Isaiah will reportedly make $600k this season, and a game check is typically 1/16th of a player’s salary … so the donation should be about $37,500.
Check out this link if you want to see the cartoon; I posted it once to illustrate its depravity, and that’s enough. Suffice it to say that it was bad enough that even Crowell regretted it almost immediately and deleted the message, but — as other pro athletes are sometimes slower to learn — their reach is both wide and immediate. Deleting the Instagram post wasn’t enough to keep it from going viral, and police in Cleveland had good reason to start organizing boycotts:
Isaiah Crowell went to some lengths to say he was sorry for posting an image of a policeman getting his throat cut, but even his team, the Cleveland Browns, said that “just an apology is insufficient.” So it should come as no surprise that the head of Cleveland’s police union feels that the running back needs to do much more to make amends.
In fact, if Crowell does not travel to Dallas to apologize in person to the families of officers killed last week during a protest of recent police shootings, and to “write them a check,” the law enforcement official threatens to “pull” his men from providing security at Browns games this fall. So said Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, in comments Tuesday to TMZ Sports.
Even considering that, kudos to the Browns for doing the right thing. Unlike the Lynx, they didn’t participate in the protest, and they made it clear that they weren’t going to settle for an apology alone, no matter how sincere. Granted, it’s easier to take that stand with a walk-on player near the NFL minimum, but they could have chosen to stay on the sidelines.
Give Crowell some credit, too. He’s parting with nearly a month’s salary (when spread out over the year), and the money goes to help those who truly need some community support. On top of that, he’s offering a personal and full apology, not some I’m sorry everyone misunderstood my genius non-apology. “I don’t want to be part of the problem,” Crowell said in the video above, “I want to be part of the solution.” Making amends is the first step. Maintaining that example for his fans is the next step. He really is putting his money where his mouth is, and maybe that will be a valuable life lesson to Crowell and others to think before engaging in public debates.