CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell released a statement regarding the graphic Instagram photo he posted and quickly deleted shortly after police shootings resulted in two black men’s death last week.
“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,” Crowell wrote, in a statement released by the Browns on Monday.
“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.”
The photo shared on his Instagram depicted a police officer being stabbed in the neck by a hooded figure.
WARNING: the uncensored picture is graphic.
The Browns have since released a statement on the issue.
“We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision,” the team said via press release. “It was completely inappropriate and we have made him aware of our high level of disappointment. Isaiah has apologized but also knows that just an apology is insufficient and that he must take steps to make a positive difference after a very negative and impactful post.”