For those of you who forgot about Isaiah Crowell’s preseason incident, here is a little refresher. He posted a brutal picture of a police officer being stabbed in the neck on his Instagram account. This posting came in by he midst of five Dallas police officers being slain by civilians. Crowell deleted the picture promptly, but the damage was already done. Cleveland Police Patrolman Association President, Steven Loomis threatened to pull cops from securing the Browns games if Crowell didn’t reconcile.
Initially, Crowell issued a statement that Loomis referred to as a, “store-bought apology.” However, Crowell reached out again to make a personal apology via video. He vouched to donate his first game check to the Dallas Fallen Officers Foundation.
After the Redskins game, Isaiah kept his word and donated $35,300 to the foundation. Sergeant Demetrick Pennie, who is president, didn’t even want the check. He just wanted to educate the running back on the daily struggles police encounter. Crowell ended up forming a great relationship with Pennie after being invited to a funeral of Dallas cop, Patrick Zamarripa.
Pennie even went on the say, “He’s a long-term sponsor, not necessarily in terms of money, but he’s going to be involved in my foundation, and how I engage him with my widows and my fallen officer families.” Crowell has been such a positive influence and Pennie believes it’s rewarding him on the field. With no controversy lingering over him, he can play with a clear mind.
The proof is in the pudding. Crow has racked up 416 yards, good enough for fifth in the league. The Browns back is leading the league with a whopping 5.6 yards per carry. It’s clear that Crowell is putting in work both on and off the field. Cleveland needs to involve him in the gameplan more and feed the beast.