Browns say “just an apology” insufficient for Crowell after “unacceptable” post

AP

The Browns released a statement Monday night on running back Isaiah Crowell’s since-deleted social media post, calling it “extremely disturbing and unacceptable.”

Crowell apologized Monday for posting a drawing on Instagram that appeared to show a man slashing the throat of a police officer, and Crowell admitted the post was a reaction to two incidents last week in which African-American men were killed by police in separate incidents in Minnesota and Louisiana.

“We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision,” the team’s statement said. “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.”

Translation: The Browns are embarrassed and angry with Crowell, and as soon as all the decision makers gather from their vacations and have a chance to really talk about the situation, they’ll decide how to handle things.

The team’s statement on Crowell came about four hours after the team released a statement attributed to Crowell in which he expressed remorse for posting the picture. The Monday night statement that confirmed the team had spoken to Crowell was attributed to a spokesperson and listed no one by name.

Crowell also posted his personal statement and apology on his personal Twitter account. A third-year player, Crowell led the Browns in rushing last season and is in line to play a significant role in the offense again this season.

NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy told Cleveland.com that “the image was inappropriate and insensitive. He realized this, took down the post and has since apologized.”

160 responses to “Browns say “just an apology” insufficient for Crowell after “unacceptable” post

  1. An apology isn’t enough. Had I not already paid for my season tickets I would have cancelled them as the Browns need to take a stand to something this socially unacceptable. While I understand his anger over the incidents, there is no place for that kind of behavior from an NFL player to promote murder of police officers. Regardless of what it does to the team they should cut him immediately.

  2. I don’t know how someone can post such a macabre image and still end up on an NFL team. He’s essentially saying that he sympathizes with the Dallas sniper regardless of when he actually posted the image.

  3. He promoted violence and terrorism in one adolescent post! His celebrity status is sure to influence some kid to go astray with this kind of behavior. He needs to be dealt with in a harsh way, anybody that thinks otherwise is also part of the problem. I will not spend any money in the Browns direction until he’s off the team…!!!

  4. Teams and/or the NFL need to fine these players for actions like this. Sometimes m, as an adult, you learn an apology just doesn’t cut it.

    Hopefully Crowell matures into a better human being

  5. Stop saying he apologized. He didn’t. The Browns PR staff “apologized” for him with that statement. Colleges ought to teach a course on writing for your client. You don’t use multi-syllabic words full of legal sounding phrases, and perfect grammatical English when your client speaks in Ebonics and can barely speak without using “like I said” or “you know” or “nah”.

  6. They should cut him. Let him play with the PED cheats in Denver. That way all the lack of character guys can be together.

  7. I guess to him, Cop Lives Don’t matter.

    Imagine if a white player posted the same picture, but the other way around (with the cop holding the knife). I guarantee it would make national news headlines.

  8. Before anyone says anything about ther first amendment (freedom of speech), know that it only protects you from arrest. You can still be fired for saying or posting stupid stuff.

  9. Picture Jimmy Haslam as Monty Burns resting in his hyperbaric chamber to Sashi………. (muffled) “RELEASE THE HOUNDS!”

  10. When it gets to the point where your actions are publicly called “extremely disturbing and unacceptable” by the Browns (dis)organization your career dissipation light should no longer be blinking, it should be strobbing.
    Why any active player tweets anything other than bubblegum and platitudes is unfathomable

  11. The media would do well to remember the case of Crowell the next time they wave their Pom-poms for athletes to “speak out”. I’m sure there are some intelligent ones, but there’s plenty of idiocy out there too (just like any other ordinary person for that matter) and they’re certainly no more qualified to speak out just because they’ve hit the genetic lottery and get well paid to entertain us for a living.

  12. He expressed remorse because he wants to keep his paycheck, not because he has remorse.

    Cut this vile piece of trash.

  13. I have a hunch that Jim Brown will sit down with the young man and remind him, probably not in a subtle way, that his actions do not reflect the Browns’ way of conducting one’s self off the field.

  14. Wow, class act. No one thinks black peoples treatment from police is ok, but regardless of how terrible SOME cops are, they stop exponentially more violence than they cause. I bet this moron doesn’t call Dominos if someone is trying to break into his home or steal his car.

  15. An empty apology shouldn’t mean anything. I have lost the little respect I had for Crowell. No matter how mad you are, his post is unjustifiable and should be grounds for immediate termination from the NFL.

  16. Good for CLE. His actions are no more acceptable than the boneheaded Cop who was fired for commenting on social media threatening a black child’s life (in a roundabout way) the night of the DAL attack.

    We all get emotional. Pssh, I have serious anger issues, and have been known to rant on social media. But I have never posted a picture purporting an execution, or threatened someone’s life.

    And I’m not even a cop or a public figure, such as an athlete.

    It is not acceptable. I see he (and by he, I mean the CLE PR dept. apologized) and that is better than nothing for sure. But Crowell, like the officer, should be released.

  17. Smart move dude. You have an opportunity to be the bell-cow for the worst team in professional football and you post an insane image, because we all know that these protesters are acting out of rage with no end game. We have all heard them call anyone who doesn’t protest with them “part of the problem”, yet we have yet to hear even one single solution. Do you want cops to pull out of black neighborhoods? Sure. Lets do that then. Look at South Side Chicago, where since 2001 just as many African-Americans have been killed in gang violence as the many of U.S. Service members killed in the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts COMBINED.

    Yeah. Lets start a discussion. People are so stupid, if the Browns knew what was good for him they would cut this fool so he could go throw rocks at police in the middle of the night, where he clearly is more interested in belonging.

  18. Where are all the liberals who make a profession of being offended?? Al sharpton, jesse jackson?? Anyone on MSNBC?? If any white person says anything remotely “offensive” they call for their heads. One of their own = crickets.

  19. He can’t look at the police in the eye anymore when he walks on the field. Coward should retire if he was a real man. If the Browns don’t release him they are cowards too.

  20. I hope for his sake that he’s never in a situation where he needs a police officer’s help. Then again, 99% percent of cops would still help this ungrateful ignoramus, because that’s what good cops do.

  21. bartpkelly says:
    Jul 11, 2016 10:39 PM
    The NFLPA will fight any consequence.
    _________________

    Not ANY consequence. If the consequence is getting cut and kicked to the curb a la Ray Rice what is there to fight?

  22. “In June 2012, he agreed to be a designated driver for four teammates who had been drinking. His car was stopped at a campus checkpoint and, according to a police report, an officer searched it after smelling marijuana.

    A 9-mm Luger handgun was found under the driver’s seat and authorities charged Crowell with possessing a concealed weapon, having a weapon in a school zone and an altered ID mark on the weapon.”

    Sounds like another “innocent kid” with “maturity” issues.

    You know the phase.. Where you ride around smoking blunts and carrying concealed firearms with the serial numbers scratched off.. I mean, Come on.. We’ve all been there, right?

    👀

  23. Imagine if a white player had an image of a black man being lynched on his Instagram. It would lead the network news stories, the internet would melt and he’d be suspended from the NFL for life. Oh yeah, the justice department would open an investigation as a “hate crime”.
    Let’s see what happens to this loser from the Browns….

  24. I am a retired police officer. I am sure there are many others on this site.

    I am proud that most of you here are expressing just how horrific this is.

    Thank you.

    PS

    Been here since 2004.

  25. It’s a free country. Crowell can do or say pretty much whatever he wants to say. That’s what our veteran’s gave their lives for. Freedom is great. It’s way too easy to point your finger at a guy like Crowell and say he’s the problem. How ignorant can we be? Cops look out for our lives. Don’t you think we should be a little concerned for their lives too? Wasting time talking about Isaiah Crowell’s tweet is ignorant. You might try thinking about why he would put that out. Try thinking about why white police officers murder black men in cold blood. It’s all disturbing, but Crowell is a symptom of a deeper problem. He’s not the problem. Putting a band aid on it won’t help.

  26. Strap his butt into a plane, fly him down to Dallas, go straight to police HQ, apologize to them personally and show them the photo as he posted it. See how they respond. And if he stays with the team, make him do it on every road game this season. Oh, and suspend him some games without pay.

  27. If he is not banned from the league I give up. If a white player made a similar statement he would be.

    You are risking losing the folks that have the money to keep you in business.

    Think about it.

  28. Every Browns fan should boycott the team until he is cut. Any other team that signs him, including mine, should be boycotted.

  29. We wrote this apology for you, now we’re going to throw you under the bus and say it isn’t enough.

  30. I now hate a new least favorite player. It’s going to be fun rooting for him to tear his ACL.

  31. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says:
    Jul 11, 2016 10:06 PM
    They should cut him. Let him play with the PED cheats in Denver. That way all the lack of character guys can be together.

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    That’s hilarious coming from one of the worst PFT posters around.

  32. Releasing him does nothing as some other team will just pick him up. Make him do volunteer work with the cops. Let him see what kind of crap they deal with on a daily basis. Maybe he can do more good that the harm he’s caused.

  33. Horrible unacceptable action by Crowell for sure, no doubt about it, but not all that surprising when the President of the country is condemning police so often. Google the comments made by William Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations. Then wait a minute and do nothing but think about why Johnson would say those things. Then comment on it if you wish.

  34. Don’t wait for the Federal investigations to conclude on the two shootings, just jump to the conclusions that they were not lawful shootings.
    Even the Media does the same thing….just stir up racial conflict.

  35. To prove he is sorry, send him meandering in Chicago and if he comes back he can lecture us on Black Lives Matter and gun control.

  36. I can’t see how if the Browns intend to have a good working relationship with law enforcement they can let Crowell stay on the team after advocating the execution of police officers.

    Seriously, that looked like it came from ISIS…

  37. I really can’t help feeling sorry for the Browns, their fanbase and especially the general population there. All the positivity and joy from winning a world championship just weeks ago, suddenly become (mostly) irrelevant due to the actions of another mindless athlete.
    I can only hope that the powers that be can take the right action, deal with this situation promptly and severely and send this clown packing.

  38. Gotta love how this country will crush someone who merely appears to be vocally supporting criminal activity while Jimmy Haslam & others can commit some of the most egregious white-collar crimes without media repercussion…..

  39. rbtmountain says:
    Jul 11, 2016 11:14 PM
    If this disgusting punk isn’t out of the NFL in the next 24 hours I’ll never watch, nor pay for, an NFL game again.

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    #ByeFelicia

  40. This guy has been trouble since his college days at Georgia and should never be allowed to step on an NFL field again as a player. Maybe he can work as an assistant grounds-keeper but that’s about it. Unforgivable.

  41. What do you expect when all his life he’s been told all cops are bad and all cops hate blacks?
    This is the problem with all the hysterical publicity that these very isolated incidents get.
    Now — I ask you — would you want to be a cop going out at night in the worst areas in the country to try to do your job where many of the people on the streets feel that way about you?
    It’s easy to blame all cops and hate them. It’s also cowardly. Because the same haters wouldn’t have the stones to do what they have to do.
    I support cops and thank you for all you do for all of us. And it’s time for many people in this country to start taking responsibility for their own actions and stop putting themselves in situations where bad things can happen to them. It’s really all up to them.

  42. He would not have done anything like this 2 years ago, when he was an undrafted free agent. Leading a team in rushing yardage obviously gave him the sense of security to post this horrifying picture.

    Browns are right. There has to be repercussions for your actions. But I would be afraid cutting him might result in him getting a larger contract from someone ‘looking to give the young man a second chance’. A suspension by the Browns is the best plan. 4 games. It costs him real money, and a lesson.

  43. Most people begging for this clown to be fired more than likely wouldn’t have a job if their employer knew about or heard the dumbest thing they had done.

    What this guy did was stupid, but keyboard warriors begging for anyone with any type of celebrity to be fired every time they say something stupid is pathetic.

  44. Listen, I get why the Browns are mad at him, but I’m sick and tired of this attitude like we should blindly respect and appreciate police when we see countless examples of misconduct. The forced nationalism in this country is insane. You either throw a ticker tape parade celebrating every Tom, Dick, and Jane in some kind of uniform, blindly, without even stopping to consider that they could be low-character people, or you’re ostracized and publicly shamed as some kind of traitor to America. If you can’t see where that’s a problem, then you ARE the problem.

  45. Unfortunately, going by past precedent in the NFL, nothing should happen to Crowell. After the Trayvon Martin verdict multiple black players were calling, on twitter, for Zimmerman and the jurors to be killed.

    “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid
    — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013”

    “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year til the hood catches up to him.”

    etc …

    Nothing happened to a single one of them. What is happening now is an extension of letting things like this go early on.

  46. shadywarrior says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:09 AM

    Listen, I get why the Browns are mad at him, but I’m sick and tired of this attitude like we should blindly respect and appreciate police when we see countless examples of misconduct. The forced nationalism in this country is insane. You either throw a ticker tape parade celebrating every Tom, Dick, and Jane in some kind of uniform, blindly, without even stopping to consider that they could be low-character people, or you’re ostracized and publicly shamed as some kind of traitor to America. If you can’t see where that’s a problem, then you ARE the problem.
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    And yet people are protesting over a registered sex offender in Louisiana

  47. shadywarrior says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:09 AM

    If you take the amt of arrests compared to the amt of physicality involved with them- its VERY VERY LOW! We see a few instances out of thousands and act like its common and every cop does this. In 99% of these cases, the criminal was resisting arrest and had a weapon on them. The problem isnt the cops. The problem is a certain demographic who makes up 13% of the population but 57% of murrders and 63% of robberies and has an open hatred towards cops and wants to hurt them. But yea, its the cops who are wrong, wow.

  48. Athletes are the same as professional entertainers. I watch them perform, but I don’t care what their opinions are. Most are not well educated so why would I care what they say? Entertainers get too much attention anyway.

  49. rollotomasi14 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:22 AM
    shadywarrior says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:09 AM

    Listen, I get why the Browns are mad at him, but I’m sick and tired of this attitude like we should blindly respect and appreciate police when we see countless examples of misconduct. The forced nationalism in this country is insane. You either throw a ticker tape parade celebrating every Tom, Dick, and Jane in some kind of uniform, blindly, without even stopping to consider that they could be low-character people, or you’re ostracized and publicly shamed as some kind of traitor to America. If you can’t see where that’s a problem, then you ARE the problem.
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    And yet people are protesting over a registered sex offender in Louisiana

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    Well, that’s a separate conversation. But criminal history is of little to no importance to me. If he was shot while trying to molest a kid or something, I think everyone would view this differently. But I personally am not ok with the idea that there’s a legal gang that is allowed to subdue and kidnap me. I make the rules for my life, no one else, and anyone who comes at me, regardless of what uniform they are or aren’t wearing, is a THREAT, and I will attempt to defend myself accordingly. In this case, the guy was selling CDs, not committing a sex offense. Yes, he brandished a gun at some crazy hobo harassing him. But it’s on film clear as day that they tackled him, held him down, and then shot him while he was defenseless. That merits protest in my opinion.

  50. rollotomasi14 says:

    Listen, I get why the Browns are mad at him, but…
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    There is no “but”. He posted a picture of a black person slitting the throat of a police officer. He should be blacklisted from the NFL.

  51. toolbox12 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:04 AM
    Most people begging for this clown to be fired more than likely wouldn’t have a job if their employer knew about or heard the dumbest thing they had done.

    What this guy did was stupid, but keyboard warriors begging for anyone with any type of celebrity to be fired every time they say something stupid is pathetic.

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    Yes, and my company has an official policy regarding social media, and you best believe if I posted what he did and someone could link me to a post, and it was publicly known who I worked for , my ass would be out the door.
    I am not a PC police guy, I rarely get offended at anything and don’t call for peoples heads often, but this is something egregious.

    My wife, sister, and brother in law all serve as police officers. All 3 of them go into neighborhoods that you and I wouldn’t dare, all 3 are about the farthest thing from a racist that exists, all 3 of them got into it to help people, and all 3 of them would step in front of a bullet for Crowell even after his post because it’s what they signed up for and it’s the oath the swore. What he did is not only an insult to the hundreds of thousands of good cops who go out night after night to keep us all safe, but it’s an insult to the hundreds of thousands of people like me who live day in and day out with a twinge of fear that my wife might not come home tonight.

    So sorry if I feel that a guy who prob makes more in a game check that a cop does all year should get a reality check.

  52. In Reading these posts, I can’t fathom why on 98% of these posts someone has chosen to put a thumbs down on the post.

    isn’t it fair to say that most if not all of these posts are correct in some form or fashion that this photo post was wrong?

    I mean just plain wrong.

    people, the super hype media and the social media are all being used today to let people hide from their actions. Man up… say that your upset and don’t want to take it anymore face to face…. not hide behind a tweet, or a facebook remark or an instragram post.

    We are putting things into print, on the web and in the air that if you had the same chance to say that very same thing to someone of color or in uniform face to face…you wouldn’t do it.

    So stop hiding America…. own your words, your actions and man up.

    This is just plain wrong…and you can not convince me otherwise.

  53. intrafinesEntertainers get too much attention anywayse says:
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    Exactly right! They’ll get big mouths like Charles Barkley and Donald Trump, and put them on TV for a “serious” discussion. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who depend on these entertainers for guidance. It’s scary that we live amongst these weak-minded folks, and they can go out and get an AK-47 with no problem. You can blame Crowell all you want, but who’s great idea was it to make AK-47s easy for knuckleheads to get their hands on?

  54. footballfanatic says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:36 AM
    shadywarrior says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:09 AM

    If you take the amt of arrests compared to the amt of physicality involved with them- its VERY VERY LOW! We see a few instances out of thousands and act like its common and every cop does this. In 99% of these cases, the criminal was resisting arrest and had a weapon on them. The problem isnt the cops. The problem is a certain demographic who makes up 13% of the population but 57% of murrders and 63% of robberies and has an open hatred towards cops and wants to hurt them. But yea, its the cops who are wrong, wow.

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    People keep deflecting this back to the behavior of black folks, and again, totally separate conversation. The point is that there shouldn’t be a group of people with special rights allowing them to detain me or you in any way.

  55. toolbox12 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 7:04 AM

    Most people begging for this clown to be fired more than likely wouldn’t have a job if their employer knew about or heard the dumbest thing they had done.

    What this guy did was stupid, but keyboard warriors begging for anyone with any type of celebrity to be fired every time they say something stupid is pathetic.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I can assure you, based on my background investigation, my employer knows about EVERY dumb thing I’ve ever done since age 18 (and believe me, I’ve done some stupid stuff).

    And yet, here I am, gainfully employed. Why? In part, because I’ve never done anything even remotely so stupid as what Crowell has done.

    So, yes, its acceptable for keyboard warriors to condemn this turd and call for his firing. I don’t live in Crowell’s newly constructed glass house, and I feel more than justified throwing stones at him.

    Your login handle does you justice.

  56. There are a number of ways of looking at this from the Browns standpoint. Is Crowell a racist? Is he just an immature kid ? Is he a racist immature kid or was he trying to make a statement in a strong way and didn’t realize that he was being racist? I mean really could you imagine if a white player posted a sketch of a white police officer shooting a black man with his hands up? There would be a nationwide backlash and that player would be finished with the NFL forever.

  57. In this country you can say what you want, at least you used to be able to, you can post what you want, you can attempt to apologize even…but what people don’t understand is that there are consequences to your words, actions, posts…and in this case, I will not support this team again until they make the decision to get rid of him. If they don’t, no need worrying about my money. I suggest every season ticket holder get on the phone immediately to explain their position…although we should not have to do this.

    Any other team that signs him, should also receive the same…fans can control this situation.

  58. First, what Crowell did was unbelievably stupid and in light of what happened in Dallas, it could be seen as threatening and/or encouragement to other unstable characters. There should be very serious consequences: suspension, big fine, possibly being cut BUT in the NFL, that usually just means someone else gets the benefit of your team trying to be “moral”.
    Second, horrible timing all around! Here we just get a major accomplishment and he has to do something to bring dishonor on us again. Not to mention, after Dallas, that was pretty uncool.
    Third, many of you need to check your reactions and just think a minute. Many of the reactions on here are just as blatantly racist as his original comment-only aimed towards people of color. I especially point out the comments insinuating that our duly elected President is behind and/or laughing at the supposed anti-police bent of BLM. That’s just ridiculous! There are very good reasons for the rise of BLM and there is nothing wrong with what they are trying to do. Young black men are being killed at 2-3 times the rate of other races…there is a real problem. Crowell’s reaction to it was wrong and needs to be dealt with harshly but some of the nonsense I’ve read on here is almost as bad simply because y’all don’t even realize how racist your acting. Since this has happened, I have been amazed at the racism boldly proclaimed by all the white folk so worried about defending whiteness from black people getting treated fairly. Yes, All Lives Matter but right now, we are talking about the fact that some young black men’s lives don’t matter and that is a real thing. So before you get on your high horse and proclaim how you are NEVER watching NFL again…stop and think about your own actions and how they affect others too. Always remember that first step off your high horse is a bitch so tuck and roll!
    BTW…not a person of color here, just calling it like I see it.

  59. @ mightymightylafootball….. oh Lord get off your high horse and come down with the rest of us. Never gotten behind the wheel after one too many chardonnays?

  60. mightymightylafootball says:
    Jul 12, 2016 8:02 AM

    I can assure you, based on my background investigation, my employer knows about EVERY dumb thing I’ve ever done since age 18 (and believe me, I’ve done some stupid stuff).

    And yet, here I am, gainfully employed. Why? In part, because I’ve never done anything even remotely so stupid as what Crowell has done.

    So, yes, its acceptable for keyboard warriors to condemn this turd and call for his firing. I don’t live in Crowell’s newly constructed glass house, and I feel more than justified throwing stones at him.

    ——————————
    Great Post…exactly right.

    These players are public figures, role models to some, and in this day and age there are no excuses. The hardest thing to tell is who the enemy is, unless they put it out for you to see.

  61. Everyone just calm down. It’s not like he lowered the air pressure in a football or anything. If it was serious and damaged the integrity of the game I’m sure the NFL would have already dealt with it.

  62. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 4:16 AM
    This guy has been trouble since his college days at Georgia and should never be allowed to step on an NFL field again as a player. Maybe he can work as an assistant grounds-keeper but that’s about it. Unforgivable.

    He is Trouble for speaking up how he feels?

  63. They should make him go on patrol with the police to the worst parts of the city at night so he gets an idea of what they must go through daily. when he posted that trash he felt the same way as the black cop killer did when he picked up the rifle. the Browns will lose even with him so get rid of him now.

  64. I wonder if the Browns “High level of disappointment” was there when in 2012 officer Brelo jumped onto the hood of a car a shot 15 times or when 137 rounds were spent at the same scene in a span of 19.6 seconds leaving 2 civilians dead?

  65. I can only hope that this jerk gets nailed by a defensive player that has a family member on a police department. I agree with a previous post and let him patrol alongside with an officer to get an idea of what it is like to be a cop.

  66. 2 game suspension and banned from using ALL social media while in the NFL.
    Even 1 slip up means BANNED for life.
    He either agrees or is thrown out of the NFL for life.
    Their you go.

  67. I love seeing jellyfish liberals squirmmmmmmmmm trying to defend this; ultimately a picture, ala ISIS, showing the death of a police officer.

    Have fun libs!

  68. @truthfactory says:
    Jul 11, 2016 10:42 PM

    Where are all the liberals who make a profession of being offended?? Al sharpton, jesse jackson?? Anyone on MSNBC?? If any white person says anything remotely “offensive” they call for their heads. One of their own = crickets.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    People stopped listening to Jesse Jackson 10 years ago. Talk about Al Sharpton all you want, but he’s just like Hannity, Limbaugh and Bill
    O’Reilly. White people have been saying abd continue to say racists things. That hasn’t stopped. So look in the mirror before you make your next statement.

  69. Let’s not shift the narrative on this story. Crowell is an idiot and his job should be in jeopardy.
    Sincerely,
    Riley Cooper

  70. Belichick would have cut him already. It’s not only immature, it’s morally wrong.

    Hiding behind social media is a huge Millennial problem.

  71. From the statistics I read twice as many whites were killed by cops compared to blacks I think last year. It is not a racial problem as the media and race hustlers are making it out to be.It is the militarization of police since september 11 where cops are too quick on the trigger without fear of consequence. We are all potential victims but the media keeps us divided by telling blacks that it is racist cops doing it just to them.

  72. Maybe as punishment, they should make him a security guard at the RNC in Cleveland next week. Then he’ll get a look first hand what our men in uniform do for us!

  73. Crowell knew what he was doing, he was talking to his like kind. The pic he posted is despicable and if a white person had done same, he would have been gone yesterday.

  74. What Crowell did was not a stupid immature prank. It was incitement to murder, and I have complete sympathy for anyone who says he should be flushed out of the league.

    Having said that, can anyone explain to me how he is any worse than the thousands of idiotic BLM protestors marching through the streets chanting “What Do We Want – Dead Cops…”? (or, for that matter, the President, Attorney General and liberal media who encourage the demonstrations)

  75. Nfl players are roll models to kids all over the league. Right or wrong, these young people follow them. This is a disgrace to the NFL not just the Browns. It is unbelievable to me the NFL has not dropped the hammer yet with the knowledge he has admitted to this…..Just so we are clear Crowells forced apology means nothing. He is only sorry because he wants to avoid losing his job. Not to defend the actions of the police if they are wrong but Crowell and everyone else who post the negatives have day’s, weeks, months to look at video and listen to the opinions of other to make a decision. Where as the officer on the street has split seconds to make a decision. Cops aren’t always right, they are human. If we can prove it was race related or an act that is intentional then by all means take their badge and freedom by locking them up until the end of time. But until people stop trying to have the street side trials and then fighting or fleeing for stupid reasons this will not stop. Take the ticket and fight it in court. Sorry for the rant

  76. I gotta go along with shady, flowerchyld and tonebones here; there is a very real and necessary anger and frustration in the black community because of the way they are treated on a daily basis. For 400 years America has been looking down their noses at blacks, telling them they’re worthless pieces of property, they aren’t welcome in our stores, neighborhoods, schools and even their own country (this one). What is happening now is not a recent occurrence The anger has been there for 100’s of years. We can’t look at this from a white persons point of view, which so many of you do. Blacks have been denied the same opportunities as whites for centuries, and when they are frequently killed for actions that no white person would even be arrested for, and no one is held accountable, then their anger should be expected even if you don’t think it’s justified.
    Go ahead and pretend you’re not racists, but you are. We all are. But pointing fingers and blaming “them” and “those people” isn’t going to solve the problem; you have to understand that there IS a problem, and the problem is that our society is based on privilege for whites and not for others. Is what he did stupid, of course. But it was an act of anger and frustration that you can’t simply ignore because of your righteous indignation.

  77. So what happens to players on the Browns (if any) who “liked” his tweet before it was deleted?

  78. These comment are an example of people only wanting the fruits from these guys and never wondering about the leaves, the roots, or stems… He had a reason to post what he wanted but I guess since it not what you wanted he’s a bad guy… Take all of the player, personal and professional…

  79. “Everyone just calm down. It’s not like he lowered the air pressure in a football or anything. If it was serious and damaged the integrity of the game I’m sure the NFL would have already dealt with it.”

    I’m sure they would have but what he did was far worse than anything he could have done to the integrity of the game.what he did was attempt to incite blacks around the country to assassinate police officers trying to protect the public from people like him. the guy is simple a ghetto rat who deserves no sympathy from his team ,his league or his fellow man.

  80. I did 30+ yrs in the Army. The last time I checked, this was the USA with a Constitution that guarantees his right to free speech. I will (and have) defend his right to an opinion different from mine.

    While I was appalled by the photo he posted, it was no more so than the disgust I feel by the photos used by the “Right to Lifers.” And, once again, I defend their right to do so.

    However, the Browns also have the right to employ this man, or not. Hopefully, their decision will be based on his football skills and not his freedom of speech.

    Since I did not use foul language, racial slurs, or degrade someone, this comment will probably be deleted or censored once again.

  81. mybrunoblog says:
    Jul 11, 2016 11:23 PM
    Imagine if a white player had an image of a black man being lynched on his Instagram. It would lead the network news stories, the internet would melt and he’d be suspended from the NFL for life. –

    In central MA about a year ago, a post office employee had tied what appeared to be a noose on the end of the string that pulls down a room shade. The reaction was severe. There were community meetings. Calls for his termination.
    He wasn’t trying to make any type of statement, just made a bad choice in his Knotology.

  82. bluecat013 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 11:30 AM
    I gotta go along with shady, flowerchyld and tonebones here; there is a very real and necessary anger and frustration in the black community because of the way they are treated on a daily basis. For 400 years America has been looking down their noses at blacks, telling them they’re worthless pieces of property, they aren’t welcome in our stores, neighborhoods, schools and even their own country (this one). What is happening now is not a recent occurrence The anger has been there for 100’s of years. We can’t look at this from a white persons point of view, which so many of you do. Blacks have been denied the same opportunities as whites for centuries, and when they are frequently killed for actions that no white person would even be arrested for, and no one is held accountable, then their anger should be expected even if you don’t think it’s justified.
    Go ahead and pretend you’re not racists, but you are. We all are. But pointing fingers and blaming “them” and “those people” isn’t going to solve the problem; you have to understand that there IS a problem,

    Yes, we all are, except that at this point the pendulum has swung and the most racist are no longer white.

    But just keep ramming home “400” years. Guess that trumps all indiscretions by black and provide carte blanche (no pun intended) to do or say whatever they please against whites under the protection of “400 years”.

    Yeah, that’s the way to mend race relations.

  83. dude doesn’t have the right to post an image calling for people to kill police officers. There’s a difference between free speech and inciting violence.

  84. If you’re demanding he gets cut from the team/NFL, what you’re really saying is that someone can exercise their first amendment ONLY if you agree with what they post, and if you don’t, they should be punished for exercising their 1st amendment rights. So, you are basically pissing on the Bill of Rights by demanding he be punished for exercising them. YOU are as un-American as it gets. We have the 1st amendment to say controversial things, not to talk about the weather.

  85. WOW….Can You Say “NFL CAREER SUICIDE”?

    Nobody I know in any organization or business wants this nonsense associated with their brand.

    Good luck in Canada or the Arena League if your lucky.

  86. billh1947 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 12:08 PM
    “Everyone just calm down. It’s not like he lowered the air pressure in a football or anything. If it was serious and damaged the integrity of the game I’m sure the NFL would have already dealt with it.”

    Don’t you mean “it’s not like he was accused of being more probably than not aware of illegally tested balls being under 12.5psi in a game where they would have been softer than they were due to temperature when a ref “allegedly” checked them to the best of his recollection even though the NFL later decided his memory was not terribly accurate and then punished only one of two teams that both had balls under the limit even th0ugh one teams balls didn’t have air illegally removed on the sideline by an employee of the other team”

    Was this the “integrity” of which you speak?

  87. Translation: Crowell’s agent & the Brown’s PR heads are implementing the Media Matters propaganda campaign, spending big to negate Crowell-gate. Too late, he has already destroyed his career…for anyone with half a brain.

  88. Mo,I was quoting another poster who said that.what I posted in reference to that can go back,find and read my post. Brady and the Pats though will always be guilty to everyone outside New England, with cause.

  89. Mo Pro Babble; You’re missing the point. Of course blacks aren’t perfect, but to imply that whites somehow aren’t at any fault for the way blacks feel is ignorance. As is the statement that there are more black racists than white.
    What you miss is that for 400 years blacks HAVE been discriminated against, their rights HAVE been abused, they HAVE been treated, at best, extremely poorly, they do NOT have the same opportunities as whites and it continues to this day. After all that you want to tell them they can’t complain about it? A changes in race relations in this country are going to have to take place within the entire system; all of society is broken. It’ll have to start with you accepting the reality of the situation, not just whining that you don’t want to hear about it.

  90. Only the Browns would be dumb enough to try & shield someone who did something that devisive & stupid.

    30 other teams above the bar
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    Browns
    Patricheats

  91. If a white NFL player would have posted this he would not be in the NFL by the end of the day….always a double standard…

  92. With recent events a lot of people are flakey, so we should breathe through our nose. What Crowell posted is not up to violent domestic violence transgressions. How would this have made us feel a month ago, a year ago, vice a day ago? That’s key to think about to determine what is an appropriate consequence. That said, this is grounds to be cut from the Browns and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. You don’t give 2, 4, or more games…this is dismissal time.

  93. bluecat013 says:
    Jul 12, 2016 2:11 PM
    Mo Pro Babble; You’re missing the point. Of course blacks aren’t perfect, but to imply that whites somehow aren’t at any fault for the way blacks feel is ignorance. As is the statement that there are more black racists than white.
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    There is nothing more characteristic of discrimination than this statement by bluecat013, broadbrushing entire categories of people you don’t know. Hey, Crowell alone, who posted this picture is a prime example of someone who has been treated so badly, and feels the way he does because of “whites” that he making millions of dollars living the American dream playing a kids game. Dude, get real. Own up to your own actions and feelings…and hold others accountable for their actions.

  94. Somebody’s PSI went off-scale low. But it didn’t affect the so-called ‘integrity of the game.’ No footballs were altered.

    Go easy on him. Nobody’s mad at the Browns – even its fan base.

    Now let’s get back to something really incendiary to the fans of 31 teams: anything Brady and NE do.

  95. Obama and the Attorney General support the movement, and there is ZERO outrage.

    An NFL player supports the movement, and we have instant outrage?

    We live in a banana republic. God help us.

  96. goraidersgospurs says:
    Jul 12, 2016 12:59 AM
    rbtmountain says:
    Jul 11, 2016 11:14 PM
    If this disgusting punk isn’t out of the NFL in the next 24 hours I’ll never watch, nor pay for, an NFL game again

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    Liar !!!! your @ss will be in front of a TV watching just like the rest of us. SMH!!! So many of y’all are just drama queens.

  97. After I saw this story break, I sent a letter of protest directly to the Brown’s management group. In a surprise move…they actually wrote me back today. They wrote about an “excuse not being good enough” and the fact that Crowell will be giving his first game check to the Dallas police wives and children’s fund….but crickets about league action or the venerable Roger Goodell. C’mon Commish…do you damn job!

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