BSO- The President of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association doesn’t buy Crowell’s apology and gave a few suggestions of his own.
“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 says Crowell’s post was as “offensive as putting a picture of historical African-American men being hung from a tree in the 60s.” He adds that if Crowell doesn’t go to Dallas and make a donation, “I will pull Cleveland officers, sheriffs, state troopers out of First Energy Stadium this season if he doesn’t make it right.”
As for Crowell admitting he was wrong and acted out of rage — Loomis says, “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.”
Wow. Talk about overplaying your hand. The President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association got dealt a pair of 10's and basically went all in and put up the pink slip to his car. Threatening to have law enforcement boycott an event attended by tens of thousands of people because ONE person who happens to be in the building posted something incredibly dumb on the internet? Is that the bar for officers refusing to do their job now? One frivolous, empty threat that was retracted two hours later? I understand that the threat in question was a gruesome one, but I would think that the skin of those whose job it is to serve and protect would be thick enough to absorb a single sinister Instagram post. If ignorance on social media is enough of a cause for police protest than no one should feel safe in this country.
That's not to say Isiah Crowell isn't an idiot. That Instagram is shockingly stupid, even by professional athlete standards. The decision to post that particular picture might be just as detrimental to race relations in this country as some random racist posting a snapshot of a black person hanging from a tree, but it's CERTAINLY not the equivalent of it. Until a police officer gets executed ISIS-style then that image is nothing more than an ill-advised attempt at shocking the crappiest of cops (yes, they do exist) straight, whereas the lynchings this guy was so quick to reference ACTUALLY HAPPENED. That doesn't excuse Isiah Crowell's behavior, but it also doesn't make him financially obligated to the families of the cops that died at the hands of a psychotic coward. I don't even care if he gets cut for his lack of an Instagram filter, but expecting Isiah Crowell to stand in front of mourning families and apologize for it? That's like asking every insecure cop that blindly defended the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile to line up outside their homes and do the same, and Lord knows that's not happening.
UPDATE: Crowell just donated a game check to Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. Amazing what an overreactive teamer tantrum and a lynching comparison will get you...