Cleveland police union accepts Isaiah Crowell’s revised apology

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The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association didn’t care much for the initial apology offered by Browns running back Isaiah Crowell for posting an image of violence against a police officer on social media, which prompted a threat to refuse to work at the team’s home games. The police union has accepted Crowell’s second apology, which includes the donation of a game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.

I appreciate the apology and we accept it,” CPPA president Stephen Loomis told TMZ. “People are allowed to make mistakes in life. Our problem was that first apology. It wasn’t sincere. But Isaiah stepped up to the plate to make a personal apology, and we definitely appreciate his donation to the Fallen Officers Foundation.”

That’s good news for the Browns organization, especially as it relates to the 10 games to be played in Cleveland this year.

“I’m glad we didn’t have to go the route of boycotting Browns games. We would not have enjoyed that. We wanted to give Isaiah the opportunity to make things right, and he did.”

It’s unclear whether a boycott would have worked, since individual officers may have decided not to turn down the assignment of working Browns games. Regardless, it won’t get to that point.

86 responses to “Cleveland police union accepts Isaiah Crowell’s revised apology

  1. A white NFL player posts something on Twitter of a BLM leader getting their throat slit, do you think this goes away this easily? No, it doesn’t, of course it doesn’t.

  2. Chip Kelly was called a racist from a lot of people, including Stephen “A” Smith, because he didn’t cut Riley Cooper, even after he apologized. Will Hue Jackson be held to the same standard?

  3. We wanted to give Isaiah the opportunity to make things right, and he did.”
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    Most adults would agree with this statement.

  4. If the cops accept the apology, that’s fortuitous for the Browns. It still might be wise for the team to sever ties with Crowell. I’m sure this will come down to a matter of expediency as training camp unfolds but he’s hardly irreplaceable regardless. You need the authorities at your games to keep people safe, remember that.

  5. trailerparkking says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:19 PM
    It only cost him $300-400k for the police to accept his apologies. What a country we live in. Keep it classy Cleveland PD!
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    It’s actually a little over 35K (it’s his week one game check) and it’s not going to Cleveland.

    It’s going to the families of the slain officers in Dallas.

  6. Our problem was that first apology. It wasn’t sincere. But Isaiah stepped up to the plate to make a personal apology, and we definitely appreciate his donation to the Fallen Officers Foundation.”
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    I don’t think he actually meant it that way, but it really sounds like this was a shakedown for money.

    The bigger issue was the really fake apology issued by the Browns PR staff. Let this be a lesson for teams and agents to put their clients on camera and truly apologize WITHOUT a prepared statement. No one’s buying the issued statements written in perfect grammar, proper English, deflection to what a great guy they are, and legalese language.

  7. I wouldn’t be surprised if ol’ Roger gave some extra $$ to the association for them to state they now accept Crowell’s ‘apology.’ That way the non-courageous NFL will not have to act because they can just point out the association is now okay with Crowell. What’s worse, Crowell’s post was shared over 8,000x, many BLM supporters left sickening comments on it, it was hashtagged by many as #killpigs, yet Black Lives Matter isn’t considered a terrorist organization?!

    The double standard in this country is just insane and no wonder there is such divisiveness.

  8. Loomis made it about money, and Crowell agreed. Every aspect of this story – from the original picture all the way to the forced payment of one game check – makes me sick.

  9. Dylan Roof wasn’t considered a terrorist although he terrorized a community and opened fire in a church. Why the hell should BLM be considered a terrorist organization. It’s not even an organization. Some of you guys are so bigoted it’s hilarious

  10. I’m happy the money is going towards a good cause. The amount is irrelevant to me, it’s the fact that it appears he had to buy forgiveness from people who are supposed to uphold the law. The Police union acted unethically in my opinion and that seems to be getting ignored in this story. Ignored just like tge 123 black men killed by police in America in the past year. I’m not minimizing the 5 fallen officers but this is the problem in America. People refuse to acknowledge a problem until it’s too late. Let’s change that.

  11. Like the passage in the bible goes, those who have not sin , cast the first stone…. This guy acted stupidly and he has apologized. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.
    I support our Boys in blue everyday. We also need to tell our people to always comply to police instructions which would help in de-escalating tensions. I am black and I don’t want to see our people ( white , black , Latinos , Asians ) killed anymore

  12. “It’s unclear whether a boycott would have worked, since individual officers may have decided not to turn down the assignment of working Browns games”

    why was this added to the article ???? why even bring it up,

  13. It is not as though he paid those guys to pose for the picture; he saw the image online and he shared it in a moment of anger. Oops. Now he is paying for his error in judgement, to the satisfaction of those representing the people he most deeply offended.

    He apologized, they accepted, move on, closet bigots / Trump supporters / undereducated angry white men with low incomes

  14. I live inside ESPN and NFL Network all day. Can’t we just all talk about football? This other stuff is exhausting. My opinions won’t matter anyway so why bother. I know what my views are, that’s all I can control.

  15. i wonder when the police union in cleveland will apologize and give a donation to Tamir Rice’s family…smh
    good move on Crowells part, bad form by the cop union.

  16. I loved what the Dallas police chief said. All of those marching for BLM, if you want to really promote change then come on down and apply for a job. Most departments are hiring these days. Wear the uniform and walk a little in those shoes. A critic is just a volunteer hiding in the back. Come on down.

  17. My opinions won’t matter anyway so why bother. I know what my views are, that’s all I can control.
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    This!!!! This apathy is the direct cause of accepting what is wrong because it’s easier or you can’t be bothered to fight it.

    “accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

    Some pretty smart dudes wrote that and apparently still applies 240yrs later….

  18. I think Crowell just outsmarted the Cleveland Browns. They can’t cut him now or his “first game check” donation won’t happen

  19. @wannabear – So we should always comply with police instructions/commands? You want to live in a police state?

    Our freedoms are predicated on questioning authority, not blindly complying with it.

  20. So money fixes the issue for them. I believe that’s called a shakedown.

    If the cops were so offended the money would be no good to them, they would say, you know what Isaiah, this isn’t about money. What’s more important than money now is bridging the gap between our community and police. We want your TIME, you are a public figure, you have infleunce, talk to people in the community with us to bridge this gap. That’s what you would hear from someone who is really offended.

    It’s a shakedown. No doubt about it.

  21. “Dylan Roof wasn’t considered a terrorist although he terrorized a community and opened fire in a church. Why the hell should BLM be considered a terrorist organization. It’s not even an organization. Some of you guys are so bigoted it’s hilarious”

    What? Depends on your definition of terrorist, but he’d meet most people’s. He’s more mental illness than someone with a rational plan to actually do something. No one anywhere said “hey, he’s a cool guy! Definitely not a terrorist”. He’s a mass murderer and being treated as such. Total strawman argument.

    BLM calls for the murder of cops during their rallies, or at least that’s the chanting by the members of their “non organization”. That’s terrorism by any definition.

  22. The problem is that the media doesn’t focus on what actually needs to be called out instead of perpetuating politically motivated PC, narritives and agendas. The media does not serve the community at large is a conclusion I keep coming to over and over again. Look at how this latest episode is being handled is just more proof of that. It seems there are a lot of smart people in the world where the media if it was actually trying to make the difference could be fcused on reporting to get all the facts accurate, call out the double standards on all sides and explore solutions to inplement strategies to begin correcting the truth about the issue for real impact and results.

  23. there seems to be more outrage about a black man posting a fake picture of a white cop getting killed than over white cops actually killing real black men. smh.

  24. Can I boycott paying taxes for things I don’t want to support, agree with, or find offensive?

  25. Crowell is an idiot, a racist, an overall piece of trash. However he has every right to say what he wants without fear of losing his livelihood. When people claim they support free speech BUT… it’s the BUT that tells you everything. When your choices are yes, you can say what you want BUT you’ll lose your job and ability to support yourself, BUT you’re free to say it, if that’s your opinion, it’s not free speech. To follow someone on Twitter you have to opt into doing that, if you don’t like what he says or does use your free speech to respond to his free speech – you should in response to him be able to say anything you wish without fear of punishment. People that use the copout of “well the NFL can’t…” oh just shut-up, it’s not the NFL’s business unless he’s saying it on their TV product. If he’s on his free time and expressing speech, well no one on any side of any issue should be worried about saying unpopular things.

  26. @clbrwns “Wear the uniform and walk a little in those shoes”

    You do realize that being a police officer is a choice? All those people walked in and volunteered for the job. No one is forced to be a cop.

  27. Police Union Reps are the biggest blowhards on the force. That’s how they get their positions– by painting the picture of Blue via Moral Righteousness. They are pathetic people who need to shut up and admit that a lot of black people are being shot by cops who are too chicken or incompetent to do the job right.

  28. America has people who simply lack the cognitive ability to diagnose and solve problems that are in power, and who would rather take campaign donations from the NRA than recognize the out of control gun violence in America. Then there’s their loyal supporters who can’t distinguish fact from fiction putting them into power.
    I guess these people think ignoring problems is the way to make them disappear. 5 officer’s families would beg to differ. People are dying everyday, WAKE UP AMERICANS!!!!!

  29. Geez, no secrets about where the cynics and crybabies all hang out–RIGHT HERE. He made a simple mistake based upon his emotional reaction. Something everyone of you have done. He made his own apology (finally) and is donating his first game check–the offended party has publicly accepted his apology. I think the rest of you can piss off. Seriously. Twitter would love you to come tell others why you are right and they are wrong.

  30. Motion granted.

    Nothing to see here folks!!!

    If Crows apology is acceptable to the C P D then so to it should sufficient to everyone. Including you.

  31. Can we get a donation going to get the biggest racist piece of garbage jemele hill kicked off TV for good? I absolutely cannot stand that POS

  32. Just to be clear is there a sliding scale for apology cash values? Does that come on a standard citation? What are the tax implications for this?

  33. rodvmunchiii says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:01 PM
    A white NFL player posts something on Twitter of a BLM leader getting their throat slit, do you think this goes away this easily? No, it doesn’t, of course it doesn’t.

    You’re right, it wouldn’t. But who cares? Why argue the merits of something that didn’t happen? Things aren’t equal. Justice isn’t distributed evenly. Live with it instead of using the tired arguments of ‘what would happen if it was a white guy’.

  34. I mentioned this the other day, but did no one else think the cartoon cop in the picture he posted was black?

    So i am not sure why Crowell posting this picture make him racist.

  35. @richndc

    Don’t go bringing reason and sense into a PFT discussion board!!! How dare you!!

    All levity aside, these particular posters are really cretinous in their assumptions. They’re small minded and refuse to accept, whether perceived or actual, problems exist in this country. They fail to see that a portion of our society feels that they are under attack or ostracized. It is our DUTY to help them. Even the small opinions matter in this country and that’s where we are failing them. I mean geez is it too hard to ask for a little fairness and transparency?!

  36. What happened in Dallas was horrible, and what Crowell posted was horrible, and I’m really glad to see him come up with some cash for those families. I’d like to see more players doing that, and more of the teams’ owners doing that.

    But the outrage on the part of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association leaves a bad taste in my mouth. If it was the police union from Baton Rouge, or St. Anthony, Minnesota who were expressing the outrage, the blowback would be immense.

    I know nobody on this site wants to see Tamir Rice’s name. But right now, Cleveland is #3 behind those other two cities in terms of being in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

  37. Anyone out there know police officers? They get paid big time extra cash to work details like NFL games. They weren’t going to give that up, or there would have been a line of county cops waiting to take the job. Loomis just extorted Crowell. Don’t like Crowell or what he posted, but I don’t like Loomis or what he stands for either in this case.

  38. rodvmunchiii says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:01 PM
    A white NFL player posts something on Twitter of a BLM leader getting their throat slit, do you think this goes away this easily? No, it doesn’t, of course it doesn’t.

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    Have to assume that you’re trolling with a name like Rod Munch. If not, you’re just really dumb. Just to play devil’s advocate, if a white player posted an image of a black person (because I don’t know of an identifiable BLM leader) getting their throat cut they’d be pushed out of the NFL. Unless they were a QB.

  39. aj66shanghai says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:39 PM
    It is not as though he paid those guys to pose for the picture; he saw the image online and he shared it in a moment of anger. Oops. Now he is paying for his error in judgement, to the satisfaction of those representing the people he most deeply offended.

    He apologized, they accepted, move on, closet bigots / Trump supporters / undereducated angry white men with low incomes

    Excuse me? Undereducated, generational welfare, single parent, angry black women get a pass? You have the audacity to yell bigot with your post? Look inwards.

  40. Can we try posting actual football articles on profootballtalk for a while? Oh I know, it’s a novel idea, but let’s please give it a try. Politics sucks.it’s bad enough we’ve still got 5 more months until the election between the two worst candidates ever. Football would be a great alternative to THAT.

  41. Crowell’s an african american millionaire who lives in a predominantly white neighborhood. If he wants to really contribute to the cause, he should move to Hough.

  42. Of course the police accept his apology, they HAVE to due to PC rules.
    Crowell is black, so the media would shred the police if they did not accept his apology.

    Identity politics….brought to you by the democrat liberals of the Broken States of America.

  43. I’ve already blasted Crowell on the moral side.On the football side,and as a Browns fan, there is absolutely no reason to keep him even if he was an All Pro.

    Hue Jackson has a lot on his plate to try to turn a dismal franchise around and this will be nothing but a big distraction.

    My hope is the only reason he hasn’t been cut is because everyone is on vacation. Having said that, Haslam should have called Sashi and Hue and told them he has been cut and get your butts back in here.

    This is it Jimmy Haslam. Character matters and it starts with you.Do the right thing.

  44. You people do realize this money does not go to the cop in the post or his union right? It goes to a non profit organization that assist families of killed police officers. Try researching things before you post, it only shows how truly ignorant some of you are.

  45. Move over “Ickie Shuffle”!
    There’s a NEW dance craze in town!!!

    Get ready kids for the “Cleveland Brown SHAKEDOWN!!!!!”

    Way too transparent…

  46. cardinalsfan20 says:
    Jul 13, 2016 1:16 PM
    Of course Loomis accepts the apology, now that shakedown worked. The only question now is how much of the game check will end up in Loomis’s pocket?

    ————–

    Sure, the Cleveland Chief of Police is going to risk throwing away his six figure salary for a portion of one $35,000 game check (before taxes). Makes perfect sense.

  47. “What? Depends on your definition of terrorist, but he’d meet most people’s. He’s more mental illness than someone with a rational plan to actually do something? BLM calls for the murder of cops during their rallies, or at least that’s the chanting by the members of their “non organization”. That’s terrorism by any definition.”

    Roof wanted to start a race war…(killing black people). If your definition of a terrorist is to MURDER a group of people(cops), how is wanting to murder a group of people (black people) not a terrorism.

  48. Where was that outrage from Loomis when an unarmed man was gunned down by CLEVELAND POLICE? I understand Loomis being upset at what Crowell posted because it was down right foolish. However, that display of madness pouring from a man in Loomis position was way over the top. I would expect a cooler head from someone with his authority.

  49. I do not mean this as an attack on the police. I’m not taking sides in this ongoing media war, but…do the police have the right to “boycott” working at Browns’ games? That is a troubling proposition. The police get to decide who gets protection and who doesn’t, based on how much the police like what they have to say? That cannot be right. Especially because the Browns fans are the ones being served by the police at the games. You’re going to subject the fans to danger because some running back is an idiot?

    I am not for dumping on the police. Perhaps I misunderstood what the officer was saying. But if not…that is very worrisome.

  50. Strummer174 to answer your question. When police do security for private companies (in this case the NFL) that company does a contract with that specific police force to pay the department for man hours and equipment usage. These are normally voluntary over time shifts that the department allows the officers to work. 90 % of the times these are completely voluntary and the department will not (or can not) force officers to work it.

  51. And for some of you people who don’t understand, Cleveland Police Department and Cleveland Police Association are two entirely different things. The association is a union in place to protect the officers from unfair labor practices. While normally they will share a vision, they defiantly don’t always get along.

  52. Actions/Words have consequences:

    Remember Michael Richards, probably better known as Cosmo Kramer. During stand-up comedy routine, he became irate at a group of hecklers and yelled some racial terms at them. He apologized and did everything he could to repent but never could in the eyes of the public. He even called and apologized to Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, and even appeared on Jackson’s radio show. But his apology was never accepted by Sharpton and/or the heckler. So Mr. Richards never performed standup again.

    Now we have Crowell who posted an image while, he says he was irate, and has since apologized and has attempted to do everything he can to get back in good standing with the public.

    So I can only assume that acceptance goes one way, as many of you are saying we should just accept his apology and move on, while similar events took place to Mr. Richards and he never worked again. I for one will never support this team unless they do the right thing and cut him with cause and I would never support any other team either that picks him up.

  53. The only thing a fan can do is let the organization/league know what you think with your money. Take it away if you do not like him being in the league.

    It would seem to me that a great deal of respect/money can be earned by Cleveland right now by simply getting rid of this character. They might even gain fans from the gesture even…but that is my bias opinion as I believe he should be let go.

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