Jermaine Whitehead
Jermaine Whitehead

Cleveland Browns have waived their safety Jermaine Whitehead on Monday morning for threatening fans and critics on Twitter after the team’s 24-19 loss in Denver.

“We’ve waived Jermaine Whitehead,” the team said in a tweet.

Whitehead was guilty of using profane language and giving death threats to football fans who were criticizing his performances. He later took to Instagram to apologise to the happenings on Twitter.

A post from his official Instagram account on Tuesday read: “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!”

 

After Whitehead was waived by the Browns on Monday, Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens was asked about the incident during his press conference.

“We try to educate our players into using social media to their advantage and certainly not their disadvantage,” Kitchens said. “As a general rule, that’s what we try to educate them on to do, and I think, for the most part, we do a good job of that. …

“We released a statement last night. We don’t condone that type of behavior or talk or anything like that.”

The Browns had released a statement on Sunday night that said the team found Whitehead’s profane and threatening social-media postings to be “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate.”