Ex-Brown Whitehead apologizes for
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[November 06, 2019]
Former Browns safety Jermaine
Whitehead apologized on social media on Tuesday for his postgame
Twitter tirade following a loss to Denver on Sunday.
The fourth-year player, who was claimed off waivers by the Browns
last season, went on a rant late Sunday that included threatening
and profanity-filled comments which cost him his job when Cleveland
"I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions
following our game with Denver," Whitehead wrote on Instagram on
Tuesday. "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!"
After former NFL cornerback and current Browns radio analyst Dustin
Fox tweeted during the Browns' 24-19 loss that Whitehead's tackling
effort was "a joke," an account bearing Whitehead's name replied
shortly after the game ended, saying, "Come get it in blood b----
made a-- lil boy. I'm out there with a broke hand .. don't get
smoked f--- a-- cr---er."
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Cleveland Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead (35) tackles New England
Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) during the first quarter at
Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
In response to multiple other tweets, the Twitter account issued
additional profane threats, including one tweet listing the address
of the Browns' facility and an apparent invitation to fight "any
f---ing day of the week." Shortly afterward, the tweets were deleted
and the account was suspended by Twitter.
The Twitter account was not verified, but the Browns issued a
statement Sunday evening acknowledging the posts were made by
"Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were
totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate," the statement said.
"We immediately spoke with Jermaine upon learning of these comments.
The Browns in no way condone that type of language or behavior. This
matter will be further addressed internally."
He was released Monday morning.
--Field Level Media
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