Cleveland police union head Stephen Loomis is threatening to pull officers from Browns games over an Instagram post by Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell.
Last week, after the killings of two black men at the hands of police, Crowell posted a photo to his Instagram account of a cop’s throat being slit. Crowell posted the photo before the killings of five Dallas policemen last Thursday, and eventually removed the post and apologized.
Loomis, the president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, did not accept the apology.
“He needs to go to Dallas, help the families who lost their loved ones last week, write them a check, look them in the eyes and give a heartfelt apology,” Loomis told TMZ.
Loomis went on to compare Crowell’s post to sharing a photo of an African-American man being hung from a tree in the 1960s.
“I will pull Cleveland officers, sheriffs, state troopers out of First Energy Stadium this season if he doesn’t make it right,” Loomis said. “You’re a grown-ass man, and you claim you were too emotional to know it was wrong? Think we’ll accept your apology? Kiss my ass.”
The Browns condemned Crowell’s post Monday.
“We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision,” a team statement read. “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.”