Jermaine Whitehead was released by the Cleveland Browns after he ran to Twitter and began tweeting without thinking following the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 9. During his Twitter tirade, Whitehead used racial slurs and threatened multiple fans — even going as far as threatening to kill one person.
Less than 24 hours, the Browns cut ties with the third-year player out of Auburn and now he is feeling a sense of regret.
Returning to social media, Whitehead issued a lengthy apology to his former teammates while wishing them, the coaches, fans, and entire Browns organization the best of luck moving forward.
“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,” Whitehead wrote.
“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!”
Is anyone really surprised? There are a number of ways to lose your job in the NFL and threatening to kill a fan is certainly near the top of that list.
Up next for the Browns during their disappointing 2-6 season is a meeting with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, November 10 in Week 10. Kickoff between the two teams at FirstEnergy Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.