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Isaiah Crowell issues apology for posting disturbing photo on Instagram

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Las week, Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell posted a disturbing rendering on Instagram of a police officer getting his throat slit. Crowell quickly deleted the post, but once something is posted to social media, there really is no way to scrub the evidence forever.

As a result, Crowell issued an apology via the Browns this evening:

“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.”