NFL Player Sparks Outrage With Graphic Post of Hooded Man Slitting Cop’s Throat (Photo)

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has since apologized and removed Instagram image, which his team calls “extremely disturbing and unacceptable”

Last Updated: July 12, 2016 @ 2:39 PM

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has been getting drilled over a graphic image he shared on social media — a disturbing illustration that depicts a hooded man slitting a police officer’s throat.

The NFL player has since apologized and removed his post, but the Internet archived it — as the web does. And many of its users are up in arms over the tasteless drawing, which is posted towards the bottom of this story.

Here’s a small sampling of offended Twitter reactions:

The NFL was more measured in an official response to the post. “The image was inappropriate and insensitive,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told TheWrap via email. “He realized this, took down the post and has since apologized.”

The Browns’ reaction was harsher, however, calling the post “extremely disturbing,” “unacceptable” and “inappropriate.”

Here’s the club’s full statement: “We have spoken to Isaiah regarding his extremely disturbing and unacceptable social media decision. 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.”

According to to, Crowell’s post went live after two African-American men — Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — were fatally shot by police, but before five police officers were killed in Dallas on Thursday night.

After playing college football for Georgia and Alabama State, Crowell was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Browns in 2014.

Here’s a screenshot of the image in question:

Isaiah Crowell

And here’s Crowell’s mea culpa: