The president of Cleveland's police union dismissed Browns running back Isaiah Crowell's first apology as "store-bought," but has accepted his second attempt and won't be advising officers to boycott the club's home games this season.
Crowell said in a video Wednesday that he'll be donating his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation as part of an apology for posting a graphic drawing on Instagram of a policeman having his throat slashed by a masked man.
"I appreciate the apology and we accept it," Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association 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."
Loomis added: “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.”
Crowell cited an emotional reaction to last week's killings of two black men by police for why he posted the image, and said in his second apology that he quickly realized his mistake and took down the post himself.
“I’d love to work with Isaiah in the future,” Loomis said. “How cool would it be if Isaiah and I attended community events together to really make a difference in the city? We are missing opportunities that we should be seizing as law enforcement and athletes in the city.”
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