Isaiah Crowell: “I’m being accountable for my mistakes and I apologize”

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The Browns have made it clear Isaiah Crowell is not going to be able to just apologize his way out of trouble.

But after posting and deleting an inflammatory image of a masked man stabbing a police officer in the neck (which came between police officers killing two men in Louisiana and Minnesota, but before the killings of five police officers in Dallas), Crowell continues to emphasize to whoever will listen that he’s not going to be defined by his terrible social media mistake.

According to Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns running back used at least five versions of “that’s not who I am” during his press conference at the start of camp.

He’s also issued a video apology, promised to donate his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation and attended the funeral of Patrick Zamarripa, one of the police officers who was killed in Dallas. He’s also met with local police, trying to soothe feelings that are understandably raw.

“I feel like I have to prove [that’s not who I am] every day,” Crowell said. “I feel like I can shake it off and move on. My main focus is football and trying to be the best I can be for my teammates and coaches. I understand what’s going on.

I understand what’s going on. I’m being accountable for my mistakes and I apologize.”

Crowell has admitted at every juncture that the grisly image was wrong, but he also comes from a background which makes a certain distrust of police understandable. He said he’s had friends and family members have  “situations with police,” but wasn’t trying to justify his mistake either.

“I feel like that did have part of my emotions that day,” he admitted. “But I feel like there’s still no excuse for what happened and I apologize for it. . . .

“I want to be part of the solution and not the problem, and posting that picture I was part of the problem. I don’t want to be that.”

Those are the right words to say. More importantly, his actions since making his mistake indicate a genuine contrition, and will be the only way for Crowell to remain in the team’s good graces.

52 responses to “Isaiah Crowell: “I’m being accountable for my mistakes and I apologize”

  1. Listen – spotting a stinking LIAR is not a secret X-MAN power – Anybody can do it watch – he’s a LIAR…
    see I’m just a regular guy & I can see it

  2. Very difficult to be young and wise. Dude made a stupid mistake and is remorseful what else can you ask for? Sounds like he has good people in his corner now.

  3. Not good enough. Needs to sit out a year with no pay or donate his entire years check to that police fund.

  4. He made a mistake and now he is man enough to admit it, and make amends. Others do stupid things and never learn from them. It’s time to stop crucifying this guy.

  5. Nope. Not good enough. What he did was childlike. Scrawling inflamatory little pictures. Hes gotta go through it now. Whatever happens, grow up. Move on.

  6. It sure sounds to me that this guy is truly sorry for what he did. People need to give him a break. He wants to be part of the solution. Some good can come out of this and he can make a real difference. I think he deserves a chance.

  7. Ah, the endless misfortunate produce of Asocial Media! First we had Twitter to fill the World with the noise of twits. And now we have Instagram. For twits who can’t even string a sentence together, a picture says a thousand words – which unfortunately is 990 more words than the average Asocial Media user is capable of thinking through before posting.

  8. He posted a picture of a police officer getting his throat slit and blood squirting out. Boycott the Browns until he is cut.

  9. coot says:

    He made a mistake and now he is man enough to admit it
    ==================================

    He had no other choice.

  10. He could cure world hunger tomorrow and any would still hold this over head. He did something stupid and has tried to correct it. Move on, people.

  11. Cut this kid a break! Some of you obviously have never made a dumb mistake, but I made plenty when I was figuring out how to be an adult and, whether you want to admit it or not, that is a huge part of growing into adulthood. He’s done everything he can to make it right. It’s time for all of you holier-than-thou people to get off your soapbox.

  12. “but he also comes from a background which makes a certain distrust of police understandable. ”
    ————————–
    This is a moronic statement, trying to correlate/justify a ‘certain distrust’ as a reason for showing a police officer being murdered??
    I distrust police as well but would never in a million years think posting a pic like that was a good idea.

    The mouth speaks (or one tweets) out of that which fills the heart.
    -some bible dude

    He meant to do what he did and he really does feel that way. He’s retracting because his livelihood became in jeopardy.

  13. Sometimes accountability is more than saying you are sorry and doing nice gestures. Sometimes accountability means what you did is going to stick with you for some time and you are forced to deal with it over and over. Don’t like it? Too bad. That’s the price for doing something so stupid and offensive. Enjoy.

  14. Rather than contribute to the police, contribute to some of the families of those who werThere are no good guys in this.e killed by the police.

    >>beachsidejames says:
    Jul 29, 2016 7:29 AM
    Not good enough. Needs to sit out a year with no pay or donate his entire years check to that police fund.

  15. Ray Rice and Greg Hardy physically harmed women and lost their shot for life. You publicly envisioned the DEATH of a human being. In fact you envisioned the death of an entire labeled group of human beings. People don’t forget that kind of thing overnight. Especially when you are only apologizing because it jeopardized your career. Nobody believes you are actually sorry.

  16. Sounds like he’s doing everything he can to make up for the mistake that he made
    If he were white (I’m white) I’m sure most of you would have forgiven him by now but since he’s not a lot of you will continue to act like he did something unforgivable

  17. He made a horrible mistake. A stink that will never go away completely. He was probably drinking, in all reality. But admitting it would make people vilify him even more, trying to use a cheap excuse.
    Has nobody ever made a stupid phone call after pounding back a few too many? Social media multiplies the consequences by a million.

  18. He owned up to it and went the extra mile to show his remorse. If I can’t accept that for what it is then I am the one with the issue. Does he truly hate white cops? I don’t know,but I know after his apology & demonstration of regret and sorrow the man can’t do much more. It’s time to put it in the past and concentrate on football youngster.

  19. intrafinesse says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:15 AM

    Rather than contribute to the police, contribute to some of the families of those who werThere are no good guys in this.e killed by the police.

    >>beachsidejames says:
    Jul 29, 2016 7:29 AM
    Not good enough. Needs to sit out a year with no pay or donate his entire years check to that police fund.
    ……………………………

    So take away more of our rights. Uh no thanks. What he said was in poor poor taste, its freedom of speech. Im not losing freedoms cuz you think he should pay money cuz he’s rich

  20. And people really need to stop being inaccurate. All this exaggerating is irresponsible. This was not literally a “picture” of an actual police officer. This was a drawing of a ficticious officer, and all you people always squawking about your 1st and 2nd Amendment Rings (likely because those are the only 2 you know) what Crowell did falls under the 1st Amendment. Do any of us feel it was right or appropriate? No, obviously not. But it also is protected under the same Constitution you all claim to love so much.

    Generalizing, and I don’t care.

  21. It would’ve been nice if Adrian Peterson would have showed this kind of remorse after beating his son to the point of bleeding. People are going to have their opinions and judge his remorse as real or genuine….at least he’s saying and doing the right things. I believe him.

    @clowntown1 – perfect name for you…that’s exactly what he’s doing moron..dealing with it everyday, keeping his head up, and not shying away from the questions. What more do you want?

  22. I hope everyone never makes a mistake in their lifetime. If they cheated on taxes, or a college test, had a OMVI , lied to their boss or wife, cheated on their wife or girlfriend, married and divorced multiple times ,or raped someone and never served jail time, maybe you should have your paycheck withheld for a year too. Forgive this guy, everyone deserves another chance. Accountability comes in many forms, let theBrowns hold him accountable, you hold yourself accountable. Go Browns, time for football.

  23. spartanlegend

    You didn’t have to tell anyone you were white. Your name tells everyone you are white.

    He didn’t do something unforgivable. He did something hateful and stupid. And enough time has not yet passed for him to prove he actually regrets it.

  24. The analytics say if your team spends 33% of training camp on Crowell and Gordon you have a 96% chance of the number #1 overall pick. I’m worried about that 4%. They need to add another distraction.

  25. Crow: My bad, I will just delete it.
    Agent: Not enough.
    Crow: I will meet with some police folks and apologize.
    Agent: Not enough.
    Crow: I will pay the police one check for this to go away.
    Agent: Not enough.
    Crow: More money?
    Agent: Not enough. You can’t change what is in your heart. Pray the Browns don’t cut you since no one else would pick you up. You either will have to live, forever, with the consequences of your action or you can hang with Hardy, Rice and Manziel for eternity.

  26. He has done more to redeem himself that a lot of people who have done far worst things, including the minority of incompetent/racist policemen who give honest policemen a bad reputation.
    Give him a break.

  27. Wow, tell him to ask John Rocker what that’s like…it’s amazing how the shoe is on the other foot. If he were white and tweeted something offensive to another race, he’d probably be cut

  28. chawkup says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:06 AM
    Cut this kid a break! Some of you obviously have never made a dumb mistake, but I made plenty when I was figuring out how to be an adult..
    —————
    If Crowell was 13 I’d agree with you, but he’s 23, supposedly a university graduate, and a professional footballer with a public profile. Why do people today think it’s ok for 20-somethings to act like kids? At 16 I was working full-time, by 18 I’d worked abroad & at sea, by 19 under the sea too but soon injured out of it all with only good leg & doing any work that sympathetic businesses would give me while also doing night school. By 21 I was in a junior managerial desk-job and had a mortgage, but at 22 had to chuck it all in to care for both parents who were dying. At 23 I returned to college to do a masters (& later a PhD) while also working nights in a bar & Saturdays in a garage – still with only one good leg. So no, I don’t cut a 23yr-old man any slack for acting childishly and deeply offensively, sorry. As far as I’m concerned he’s just one of far too many pampered oxygen-thieves.

  29. It’s funny how the same people who constantly complain about how the country has become “too PC” and people aren’t allowed to say anything anymore, are the same ones calling for this guy to shunned from society over a picture. It was a stupid, immature, tasteless thing to do, but it caused no damage other than a few hurt feelings. Grow up and move on.

  30. He was probably one of idiots chanting “Black Lives Matter” during the moment of silence for Dallas police officers last night at the DNC.

    Joking, but what he could do to show he is truly sorry is not just give money, but give time. Give time by doing ride-alongs w/ the police, give time by going into the Chicago neighborhoods and attempting to stop the black-on-black violence that occurs everyday. By saying sorry and donating a check, that doesn’t cut it for me. Actions speak louder than words.

  31. Hey tough guy….how about posting a pic of someone stabbing a drug dealer or a gang member….the REAL problems in your neighborhood…….

  32. I have been a Browns fan for 48 years and had season tickets for a 10 years. My oldest son is a cop and puts his life on the line daily for fools like him. I felt my sick when I saw what he posted and he can never do enough to take back what he said. Let’s face it. The original post came from his heart and his background or where he grew up has nothing to do with it. I hope the hometown fans boo him out of the stadium the first time he takes the field!

  33. “I feel like I have to prove [that’s not who I am] every day,” Crowell said. “I feel like I can shake it off and move on. My main focus is football and trying to be the best I can be for my teammates and coaches. I understand what’s going on.”
    ===================================

    See, that’s how he really speaks, not the bland “apology” his agent wrote for him that no one bought, except for the truly gullible.

    Athletes SHOULD get in front of the camera and explain/ apologize without reading off a statement written by someone else.

  34. I don’t think you stop being racist after two weeks…

    Sounds like his lawyers wrote this for him.

  35. One look at Isiah Crowells Instagram is all you need to know about the guy. Not one picture with a white person. Kinda tells you how he feels about white people.

    Nice statement though.

  36. He’s young. Young guys can be dumb sometimes. We all were. When I was young and dumb I didn’t have the media hanging on every word and every action. Good thing.

    He’s done and said all the right things since his mistake. Leave the guy alone.

    Signed,

    An Eagles Fan

  37. “I want to be part of the solution and not the problem, and posting that picture I was part of the problem. I don’t want to be that.”

    That tells me all I need to know. I wish him well.

  38. Let the man says his peace and be done with it already.

    Already Crowell has done more the cause of police and community relations building than most of the commenters on this thread.

    Let it be.

  39. Cut him and get it over with. What he did was stupid and, in my own opinion, is only “sorry” because he angered his employer and the public turned on him. He’s only donating to such a cause because his agent is saying it’s a good PR move.

    Outside of his stupid social media comments, he’s, at best, a below average back who isn’t any better than a third stringer. Boot him and let him found out what unemployment is like.

  40. chawkup says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:06 AM
    Cut this kid a break! Some of you obviously have never made a dumb mistake, but I made plenty when I was figuring out how to be an adult…

    _________________________________________

    Are you KIDDING me people? – posting a pic of a COP getting his throat cut is NOT a mistake – only IDIOTS who believe that crap post it – that should be treated like a terrorist threat or a least a HATE CRIME – even if it was the mistake you knuckleheads believe it was – if stuff like that is not punished harshly/quickly – it will simply continue…go ask a few cops if they thought it was a simple mistake…

  41. Now if cops would quit killing Americans and those who kill Americans be held truly accountable for their actions rather than their actions excused…

  42. seabrawk12 says:
    Jul 29, 2016 8:23 AM

    Ray Rice and Greg Hardy physically harmed women and lost their shot for life. You publicly envisioned the DEATH of a human being.
    —————————————————————

    This comment is a perfect example of the Idiocracy coming to life.

    This guy just suggested that posting a drawing on FB (which, in the case, was within his 1st amendment rights, whether the subject matter offends you or not) is a worse crime than muscular, large football players physically assaulting women.

    Stay classy.

  43. “Are you KIDDING me people? – posting a pic of a COP getting his throat cut is NOT a mistake – only IDIOTS who believe that crap post it – that should be treated like a terrorist threat or a least a HATE CRIME – even if it was the mistake you knuckleheads believe it was – if stuff like that is not punished harshly/quickly – it will simply continue…go ask a few cops if they thought it was a simple mistake…”
    ——————————————————————-
    The Cleveland cops forgave him. The Dallas cops forgave him. Too much hate in this world. You should direct it more constructively. I’m as conservative a man as you will ever meet. I dislike the whole Black Lives Matter thing because it misses the point. All lives matter and reverse racism is just as bad as racism itself. Liberals and the politically correct police are running amok in our society, and it must stop. There are too many real threats out there to our way of life to fight among ourselves. Americans of all colors, religions and economic classes must stick together to overcome those threats. We need each other.

  44. “More importantly, his actions since making his mistake indicate a genuine contrition, and will be the only way for Crowell to remain in the team’s good graces.”

    Good graces? He shouldn’t have to worry about their good graces because he should no longer be on the team. They have suspended and fired players for far less. He posted a pic of a police officer having his throat slashed and now he says “that’s not who he is”. It’s pandering at the most disgusting level. He put who he is on his page when he thought no one would notice. Then he took it down when they did notice. When he realized it could end up taking his fat paycheck away, then “it’s not who he is”. Total bull. He is just trying to save his career. He doesn’t mean any of it.

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