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In Facebook video, Cleveland Browns' Isaiah Crowell apologizes to police, fans for Instagram post

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 14:30:43-04

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell said he will donate about $35,000 to a fallen officers' fund in Dallas as part of his apology for posting a drawing on Instagram last week showing a police officer getting his throat slashed.

In a video posted on Facebook Wednesday, Crowell again apologized for the posting and said he would donate his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, a fund for the police officers slain and injured during a sniper attack last week. 

"I'm sorry, and I hope you will understand that's not who I am. I would never wish violence on anyone, especially a police officer," Crowell said in the video.

"I'm sorry to all the Browns fans, all the people who support my career and all the kids who look up to me, and most of all, all the good police officers who are out there protecting us every day. By posting that picture, I became part of the problem. I don't want to be part of the problem; I want to be part of the solution.

"I know this might not change your mind about me, and I know I can't take the post back, but I'm sorry. Moving forward, I'm committed to being part of the solution."

Crowell posted the drawing after men in Louisiana and Minnesota were fatally shot by police. He subsequently deleted the post, but a screenshot continued to be circulated on social media.

On Tuesday, the president of Cleveland's police union said police may boycott Browns games this year if Crowell didn't "help the families who lost their loved ones last week" in Dallas.

Crowell didn't say what the exact amount of that first game check will be, but his yearly salary is $600,000 covering 17 weeks of the NFL season, including a bye.