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Browns: Isaiah Crowell attends Dallas funeral of slain police officer as he continues to try to make amends for offensive social media post

Running back Isaiah Crowell took another step toward rebuilding his image and proving to the Browns he’s truly sorry for an offensive illustration he posted on social media.

Running back Isaiah Crowell took another step toward rebuilding his image and proving to the Browns he’s truly sorry for an offensive illustration he posted on social media.
Crowell spent the weekend in Dallas attending the funeral of a slain officer and meeting with police officials.
“Based on my interactions, I am confident that the policing community now has a supporter in Mr. Crowell,” Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “Personally, I would like to commend Isaiah Crowell for the courage of principled accountability.”
Crowell, 23, put his career in jeopardy earlier this month by posting on Instagram an illustration of a police officer having his throat slit following the shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police.
He quickly removed the post, which came before five Dallas officers were killed by a gunman, but received tremendous backlash.
Crowell apologized but the Browns said an apology was insufficient and that he must take steps to make a positive difference after his “extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision.” Crowell offered to donate his first game check of about $35,000 to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, but Pennie declined and requested his presence in Dallas.
“In an effort to show the progressiveness and professionalism of the Dallas Police Department, its officers, and its affiliated police support organizations, I reached out to Mr. Crowell and expressed a disinterest in his money,” he wrote. “Rather, I told him that I did want an opportunity to educate him about the policing profession and the meaning of police service and sacrifice.
“When offered the opportunity, Isaiah Crowell didn’t think twice before accepting. Although, he was initially afraid and skeptical of the environment that he was entering, he traveled to Dallas overnight and met with me for an extended period of time in an attempt to find some resolve in understanding.”
Pennie said he spent hours with Crowell, who also met with high-ranking police and political officials, including Texas Police Commissioner Rob Kyker, and several police officers from across the country. Crowell also attended the funeral of slain officer Patrick Zamarripa.
“These were interactions that Mr. Crowell never believed would be possible,” Pennie wrote. “At the conclusion of our day, Crowell expressed his deepest condolences for the loss of our officers and stated that he would be willing to return in the future to assist the survivors in Dallas in honoring the sacrifices of their loved ones.
“Crowell also expressed his gratitude to me for granting him the opportunity to attend the honorable ceremony. He stated that the visit was very humbling and gave him a different outlook on the sacrifices that police officers make every day. He also commended Dallas Police Chief David Brown for his leadership during this crisis.”
Pennie said Crowell’s story is a “path of redemption.”
“My interactions with Mr. Crowell demonstrates that mutual understanding is possible as long as both parties are willing to listen,” he wrote.
Crowell initially apologized in a statement, then spoke directly into the camera during a 97-second video last week.
“I know this video may not change your mind about me, and I know I can’t take back the post, but I’m sorry,” Crowell said. “I’m sorry to all the Browns fans, all the people who support my career, all the kids out there who look up to me, and most of all to the good police officers that are out there protecting us every day.
“I did something I wish I could take back. I posted a really disgusting, bad picture and I took it down immediately because I knew I was wrong. I’m sorry, and I hope you understand that’s not who I am. I would never wish violence on anyone, especially a police officer.
“By posting that picture, I became part of the problem. I don’t want to be part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution.”
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Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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