Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has already apologized, and has already been told that wasn’t enough.
Now, the man who posted and quickly deleted a drawing of a man killing a police officer last week is putting his money where his mouth is.
Crowell told TMZ Sports he was donating his first game check of the season to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, which supports officers killed in duty like the five last week. Crowell’s unfortunate post came before the Dallas shootings, but after a pair of men were shot and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
“I would never wish violence on anyone, especially a police officer,” Crowell said. “I’m sorry to all the Browns fans, all the people who support my career and all the kids out there who look up to me. But most of all, all the good police officers who are out there protecting us every day. By posting that picture, I became part of the problem. And I don’t want to be part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution. . . .
“I know this may not change your mind about me, and I can’t take the post back. But I’m sorry, and moving forward, I’m committed to being part of the solution.”
Crowell’s scheduled to make $600,000 this year, which would put his donation at $35,294.
He’s right that the gesture won’t change some minds, but it’s also the kind of thing he has to do if he’s going to convince his employers of his contrition, in hopes of hanging onto the rest of his paychecks.