Cleveland Browns Running Back Isaiah Crowell Removes Post of The Slitting Of A Police Officer’s Throat After Public Outcry [UPDATED]

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell, 23, is under fire for a grotesque image posted on Instagram showing a man dressed in all black slitting the throat of a police officer. It is a disgusting image that few of us would have even contemplated showing to another person, let alone posting on social media. Yet, Crowell posted the image with a statement “Mood: They give polices all types of weapons and they continuously choose to kill us…(hashtag)Weak” After an immediate outcry, Crowell removed the image and insisted issued a long statement that sounded like it was the product of a room of panicked NFL and Browns lawyers. The question is now the response of the NFL to the posting.  Update: Notably, the first black Miss Alabama was suspended on Tuesday for calling Micah Johnson a “martyr” for killing the five police officers.

Warning the image below is graphic and disturbing.  

In fairness to Crowell, this picture has gone viral and was not his creation. However, he saw it and liked it enough to post it.

Here is the posting:


Crowell posted the image after Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were fatally shot by police. It was before five police officers were killed in Dallas. However, none of that is an excuse for the posting of this type of horrific, hateful image. Nevertheless, a statement was issued for Crowell that was markedly different in tone and message:

“Last week was an emotional and difficult week as we saw extreme acts of violence against black men across our country as well as against police officers in Dallas. I posted an image to Instagram in the midst of that emotion that I shouldn’t have and immediately removed it. It was an extremely poor decision and I apologize for that mistake and for offending people. My values and beliefs do not match that image.

I am outraged and upset by the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile along with so many others. I am also outraged and saddened by the attacks in Dallas and the deaths of the five 5 honorable police officers (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa) who were providing protection while trying to keep peace. We have to be better as a society, it’s not about color, it’s about what’s right and wrong. I was very wrong in posting that image. Every single life matters, every death as a result of violence should be treated with equal outrage and penalty.”

Forgive me if I am not satisfied by that spin. There are no circumstances where the use of an ISIS-like image of killing police would be understandable or justified. Yet, there was a notable lapse in a response from the NFL or the Browns. Pray tell, if the posting showed the beating of woman or killing of a minority, would there be such an initial ambivalent response?

Crowell has a first amendment right to make a complete ass out of himself. However, the team and the NFL have contractual rights to separate themselves from an athlete who feels the necessity of posting images of the slitting of the throats of police officers. When crowds or fans threaten Crowell, he appears to have little thought of the line of officers protecting him. Instead, he wants his large following on social media to see an image of a helpless police officer having his throat slit.


It is certainly true that the third-year running back led the Browns in rushing last season with 706 yards. However, for many of us, this posting says more about the man than each of those yards. After Johnny Manziel, the Browns appear to have a knack for selecting players with a wealth of talent and a paucity of maturity. That is not unique of course but the NFL should remember that that thin blue line around their stadiums and free golf tournaments are wearing the same uniform as the man bleeding out in Crowell’s posting. It is the same uniform worn by Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.

Assuming that the NFL or the Browns eventually act, what do you think should be the punishment? Does this warrant the loss of a contract or suspension in your view?

70 thoughts on “Cleveland Browns Running Back Isaiah Crowell Removes Post of The Slitting Of A Police Officer’s Throat After Public Outcry [UPDATED]”

  1. “For starters, fatal police shootings make up a much larger proportion of white and Hispanic homicide deaths than black homicide deaths. According to the Post database, in 2015 officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and 258 blacks. (The overwhelming majority of all those police-shooting victims were attacking the officer, often with a gun.) Using the 2014 homicide numbers as an approximation of 2015’s, those 662 white and Hispanic victims of police shootings would make up 12% of all white and Hispanic homicide deaths. That is three times the proportion of black deaths that result from police shootings.

    The lower proportion of black deaths due to police shootings can be attributed to the lamentable black-on-black homicide rate. There were 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014—the most recent year for which such data are available—compared with 5,397 homicide deaths for whites and Hispanics combined. Almost all of those black homicide victims had black killers.

    Police officers—of all races—are also disproportionately endangered by black assailants. Over the past decade, according to FBI data, 40% of cop killers have been black. Officers are killed by blacks at a rate 2.5 times higher than the rate at which blacks are killed by police.

    Some may find evidence of police bias in the fact that blacks make up 26% of the police-shooting victims, compared with their 13% representation in the national population. But as residents of poor black neighborhoods know too well, violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, blacks were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults in the 75 largest U.S. counties in 2009, though they made up roughly 15% of the population there.”

    The Myths of Black Lives Matter
    WSJ Feb. 11, 2016

  2. Isaiah should be interviewed by the FBI and a court ordered search warrant for his home and digital media be done ASAP. To many crazy people are talking on social media then do what they advertise. Isaiah, saying sorry could be diversion.

  3. Regarding the “disproportionate” number of blacks killed by police – I wonder what happens to the proportions if the racial breakdown of the areas in which most of these occur is taken into account.

    Has anyone seen a study on this?

    I believe it was Will Rogers who famously opined that there are three different kinds of lies: “Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics”.

  4. ModernMiner – “And the NFL is motivated to combat this sort of thing only by negative financial impact. If there’s no hit to the bottom line, there’s no action.”

    Bingo! You nailed it on the head. When Dennis Miller had his radio show he used to say all the time when anyone would bring up the NFL, it is always about money. Remember the Adrian Peterson deal? Minnesota and the NFL backed him since he is a huge money maker for them. Once, advertisers started pulling out, Peterson was thrown under the bus since the money maker was now going to cost the NFL money. So nothing will happen to this jerk unless it has a financial effect on the NFL.

    1. Carol Frazier…..I think a quick review of homocide/ crime statististics in cites like
      Baltimore, St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago, D.C., Detroit etc.
      A UCLA professor and Black Lives Matter activist said she was not concerned about Blue Lives after the Dallas murders of police.
      She also advocated defunding and eliminating police departments.
      Before taking such a major step nationwide, perhaps a pilot program could be put in place in this professor’s neighborhood.
      There may be some common ground with the police here, in that many officers wouldn’t mind avoiding areas where the residents don’t want them.
      Once the results of these pilot programs are evaluated, then we’d have a better basis for assessing the wisdom of what she’s advocating.

  5. Hmmm. This blog posted the image. What do you have to say about that?
    I say that Blue Lives Matter! I also say that Robot Lives Matter! I also say that Not All Lives Matter! And: Some Lives Matter More Than Other Lives!

    So, there you have it.
    We need to sterilize some tall people.
    “Three generations of idiots are enough.” Oliver Wendell Holmes.
    Or did he say “imbeciles”?

  6. Just have the law enforcement who handle security at the Brown’s home games do a total, all officer strike for the first couple of games.

  7. Wow! Like the NFL need another case of violent tendencies being played out by their African American players.
    Remember it’s the speech we don’t agree with that needs to be protected.
    Let the speaker give up an opportunity to be judged by the public as a civil individual and pay the costs elsewhere but not at the hands of the government.

    1. R.P. Coltrane…….I don’t think there has been, or will be, action against this guy by the government.
      To the extent that the “free speech issue concern” has been mentioned here, those concerns seems to be targeting those critical of his
      free speech.
      That would seem to bring up an issue of their free speech.
      People can make their own judgements about the hypocrisy issue …….maybe they just need to not “speak” about it.

  8. Anyone who knows anything about this gentleman is aware from his time at Univ of Ga. he is a thug who happens to be a talented athlete. Because of the latter quality he’s received far more second chances than the average person of any color. Until he’s called to account for his conduct he will always be a child whose exceptional athletic ability give him a “bad conduct exemption”.

    There is an argument to be made that giving this thug pass after pass in life because he is a black man who happens to be a good football player is at best ruthlessly cynical, at worst a racist, plantation mentality.

  9. Another black racist…White people should have a hard look at black racism instead of constantly flogging whites at each occurence of a racial event. Even better, admit that race and racial differences are real. The paradox is that racism will continue to exist as long as race is denied

    1. Rosie S. – I’m not aware of any action taken, or considered, to prosecute this football player.
      Since you’re so concerned about the free speech aspect of this, it should be reassuring to you that he’s probably in clear legally.
      Since you mentioned political correctness, it sounds like your political correctness and “evenhandness” in this motivates you to express concerns about “the free speech issue”.
      The next time a White rascist scumbag pulls a stunt like this guy, make you express you “concerns” about “free speech issue”.

  10. Contract aside – anyone care to tackle the free speech issue? Is Political Correctness of any concern with this action?

  11. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these players couldn’t pass a test of GED-level knowledge. These are Epsilon-minus semi-morons with texting thumbs. Not an excuse,
    Just a fact.

    And the NFL is motivated to combat this sort of thing only by negative financial impact. If there’s no hit to the bottom line, there’s no action.

  12. The NFL has taken a hard line against domestic abuse, and presumably advocating spousal abuse would be sanctioned as well.
    Advocating, or “getting a kick out of ” the idea of slitting a cop’s throat would seem to warrant at least the same penalties as advocating domestic violence.
    There is legimate concern about the disporportionately high number of Blacks killed by police, and the issue of profiling, etc.
    This concern is probably raised about 100× as often as the issue of Blacks disportionately killing police.
    Blacks comprise 12-14% of the U.S. population, and are responsible for 40-45% of murders.
    Roughly those same percentages apply to murders of officers.
    A posting like this, in my view, is little different from
    a White racist posting an image of a Black being lynched.
    Both are very effective if somebody has the objective of fanning the flames.

  13. White people have the right to kill blacks but there is no reciprocal right for blacks to kill whites.

    Legitimate violence goes down the racial heirarchy not upwards.

  14. The professor is making too much of this. Accept the more-or-less apology. Try to be understanding. Try to be nice.

  15. He should be fired. There is no excuse for this kind of post. The sad thing is he won’t be. He’s privileged.

  16. There’s running around in the park yelling fire and then there’s yelling fire in a crowded theatre. It’s a matter of context and degrees. Seems a long way away from any freedom other than the freedom to incite violence. Does one protect freedoms by perverting them. There should definitely be a social penalty here.

  17. Without doubt or question, he should be released and banished from the game.

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