Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Browns released safety Jermaine Whitehead less than 24 hours after he tweeted threats and racial slurs at critics of how he played against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The National Football League (NFL) player’s social media outburst occurred while he was still in the locker room after the Browns lost to the Denver Broncos by five points on Nov. 3, USA Today reported.
Cleveland Browns radio analyst Dustin Fox, a former NFL player himself, criticized Whitehead’s performance on Twitter.
“Whiteheads effort tackling today is a joke. #browns ,” Fox tweeted.
Whitehead’s response was vulgar and over the top as he invited the radio sports analyst to fight him.
“Come get it in blood b---h made a-- lil boy. I’m out there with a broke hand.. don’t get smoked f--k a-- cracker,” the professional football player replied.
To another Browns fan who criticized his performance against Denver, Whitehead replied “Imma kill you b---h.. that’s on blood,” according to the New York Post
Twitter suspended Whitehead’s account before the safety had even left the locker room, according to ESPN.
And the Cleveland Browns started damage control.
"Jermaine Whitehead's social media posts following today's game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate," the Cleveland Browns said in a statement, according to ESPN.
Whitehead posted a message to Instagram after the Browns made their statement, but before he was fired, CBS News reported.
"Crazy world. They line it up and say anything in the book too you," he wrote, according to ESPN. “They tell you take the high road, when yo whole life you was taught to meet fire with fire. I do apologize for my performance, but having a broke hand and a strong fear of letting my team down is my downfall. Whatever happens happens. Ain trippin. They probably gone still talk crazy but this me getting smoke off my chest. I don't need one like.. this from me to me! Keep ya head up homie, can't nobody f--k with you. I dare em to try."
The post was later removed.
The Cleveland Browns announced that they had released the volatile Whitehead less than 24 hours after he posted the initial nasty and threatening messages to Twitter.
He posted an apology to Instagram on Tuesday.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my actions following our game with Denver,” Whitehead wrote. “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,” the former NFL player wrote. “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.”
Whitehead would have earned $341,471 playing for the Browns this season, ESPN reported.
In five years in the NFL, he’s made $1.55 million.