FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Isaiah Crowell repeatedly said that he meant no disrespect to Todd Bowles by accepting an endorsement deal for a crude end zone celebration that upset his head coach.
Crowell announced on Instagram Tuesday that he signed a deal with Dude Wipes, a flushable toilet paper substitute. He met with Bowles about it after practice Wednesday.
“I didn’t mean any disrespect to anybody in the building,” Crowell said. “I got a lot of respect for everybody in the building. I would like to continue my focus for upcoming games.”
Bowles was not happy when Crowell rubbed the football on his backside following his second rushing touchdown in a loss in Cleveland on Sept. 20. Bowles said after the game that it would never happen again.
He probably thought the situation was over, but Bowles said he just heard about Crowell’s endorsement deal before meeting with the media Wednesday. Bowles did not seem to support the running back’s decision to make money off of this.
“I can’t address everybody’s endorsement deals off the field,” Bowles said. “They make wise decisions or they make decisions on their own. I can control this team and what happens on this team. I’ll do that.
“It won’t happen on this team again. I can guarantee you that.”
Crowell said the same. He was fined $13,369 by the NFL, but Crowell said the Jets did not discipline him.
“I talked to Todd about what happened on the field,” Crowell said. “I told him it wouldn’t happen again. It won’t happen again. We talked about the on-field stuff and it won’t happen again. We’re moving forward after that.”
Signed in the offseason, Crowell is leading the Jets with four rushing touchdowns. Bowles said he didn’t consider sitting Crowell for the rest of the Cleveland game because he didn’t really see his celebration. Crowell wasn’t as involved in the offense in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville, but Bowles said “that was just the game flow.”