Ex-Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead apologizes for making threats on Twitter after loss

Former Cleveland Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead, whom the team released after an outburst on Twitter in which he used threatening language against critics, apologized for his actions.

Whitehead posted a message to his verified Instagram page Tuesday morning in response tweets he made in the hours after the Browns dropped to 2-6 after losing to the Denver Broncos, 24-19.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions following our game with Denver,” Whitehead wrote on Instagram. “That was totally out of character for me. I do not justify my actions, but was extremely frustrated with the way I had played and our team losing because of it. I was playing with a broken hand, but that is no excuse for my actions, and I am deeply regretful.

“I want to personally apologize to anyone who I offended, especially those who I was responsive to on Twitter. My choice of words did not reflect who I am, but only what I was feeling. Also, my sincerest apologies to my teammates, coaches, the Browns organization and most of all, the fans and kids that motivate me to even pursue this dream.

“Again I am deeply sorry for my unacceptable behavior, and I wish the Browns the best of luck in the future.”

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?? I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions following our game with Denver. That was totally out of character for me. I do not justify my actions, but was extremely frustrated with the way I had played and our team losing because of it. I was playing with a broken hand, but that is no excuse for my actions, and I am deeply regretful. I want to personally apologize to anyone who I offended, especially those who I was responsive to on Twitter. My choice of words did not reflect who I am, but only what I was feeling. Also, my sincerest apologies to my teammates, coaches, the Browns organization and most of all, the fans and kids that motivate me to even pursue this dream. Again I am deeply sorry for my unacceptable behavior, and I wish the Browns the best of luck in the future. I love you!

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Hours after Whitehead sent the tweets on Sunday, the Browns issued a statement saying the messages “were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate” and that the team had addressed the matter with Whitehead.

By the following morning, Cleveland announced it was cutting Whitehead.

Dustin Fox, a postgame analyst for the Browns' radio and television programming, wrote on Twitter during the Broncos game that Whitehead’s “effort tackling today is a joke.”

Whitehead responded in a since-deleted tweet: “Come get it in blood (expletive) made ass lil boy. I’m out there with a broke hand .. don’t get smoked (expletive) ass cracker.”

In another message that has since been deleted, an account titled “Does Jermaine Whitehead Still Suck?” posted a message that simply read “yup” and tagged Whitehead’s account.

Whitehead responded: “Imma kill you (expletive).. that’s on blood.”

Twitter suspended Whitehead’s account on Sunday for violating its user policy. The suspension was then momentarily lifted and Whitehead then posted one more message that read: “Im back (expletive).. any of these hatin ass crackers can come catch these hands.”

Twitter then suspended the account again, @j2whitehead_. It remains suspended as of Tuesday afternoon.

Whitehead, 26, had started all eight games for the Browns this season, totaling 41 tackles, two passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble.

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