Browns running back Isaiah Crowell apologized for posting disturbing photo on Instagram. Crowell posted the image of a police officer getting his throat slit last week, before five Dallas police officers were shot on Thursday, as a reaction to a pair of high profile police killings of young African American men. Crowell quickly deleted the post and issued an apology this week. However, the Browns said an apology wasn't enough.
They added: "he must take steps to make a positive difference after a very negative and impactful post."
Crowell's post is also unfortunate because it overshadows other athletes who are speaking out about police violence in thoughtful, constructive ways. We should listen to what those voices have to say, even if you disagree, and, as SB Nation's Tyler Tynes wrote, not shame them for doing so.
SIGN THE PUNTER, MATE: Giants sign punter Brad Wing to three-year, $6.5 million contract extension. The Giants know the value of a good punter. Wing also happens to be from Australia, one of a growing number of players coming through the football pipeline from Down Under to the NCAA and, in a few cases, the NFL. Here's the how and why of the Australian pipeline to American football.
BRINGING A DOG TO THE WEDDING: Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah changed his wedding plans to accommodate his dog. Dedication.
NINE POTENTIALS LAS VEGAS SITES FOR THE RAIDERS: Nevada tourism committee eyes 9 sites for Oakland Raiders stadium. Nine potential sites for a 65,000-seat stadium that could play home to the Raiders in Las Vegas were discussed by a tourism committee on Monday.
BRIGHT FUTURE FOR THE PATS? ESPN thinks the Patriots have the second best future in the NFL. Hmmm, I'd tend to agree, but Tom Brady isn't really getting any younger.
CHIEFS HAVE THE COACH, BRONCOS HAVE THE TROPHY: The Kansas City Chiefs have the best coach in the AFC West. That and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee ... in some places. I'm not a huge Gary Kubiak fan, but he did win a Super Bowl.
HALL OF FAME MENTOR: Thurman Thomas shares all with a Bills rookie Jonathan Williams. The Hall of Fame running back has a new role: mentor.
WHAT'S UP WITH FITZPATRICK? Let's take a deeper look at the Ryan Fitzpatrick saga. At this point, it seems unlikely that the Jets will sign the guy.