CLEVELAND, OH – Browns running back Isiah Cronwell’s disgusting Instagram post isn’t being taken lightly in Cleveland, especially by the police.
In light of killings of two black men caught on tape last week and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, Cronwell took to Instagram this weekend and posted a disturbing image of a police officer getting his throat slit from behind.
Since deleting it, Cronwell hasn’t just taken heat from NFL fans everywhere, but the police in Cleveland themselves.
According to Cleveland.com, the city’s police union president is threatening to tell his officers not to work security at Cleveland Browns games if running back Isaiah Crowell doesn’t take his apology over a social media post depicting the death of a police officer further.
The comments from Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis come the same day Crowell apologized on Twitter followed by phoning Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.
Crowell noted in his written apology that the post was “an extremely poor decision” he made in the midst of emotions of outrage over the killings of Alton Sterling and Philander Castile and was in no way a reflection of his true feelings.
The Browns on late Monday issued a statement of their own, calling a written apology for Crowell’s post “insufficient.”
“We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision,” the Browns 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.”
The Browns, as well as Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians, hire off-duty police officers as security at home games. The officers must get their assignments approved through the department’s command staff, and be chosen by the Browns’ head of security for the job.
Cleveland police department spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said Loomis cannot pull officers off the assignments, but she acknowledge that he could have influence over his union’s members to protest private security details at Browns games.
This debacle comes the day after Minnesota Linx WNBA players took a stand by wearing shirts honoring the two men killed by police and supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, which sparked a reaction by cops, with them leaving their manned positions at the game.