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Jermaine Whitehead sorry for ‘out of character’ Twitter meltdown

Former Cleveland Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead has issued an apology via social media for his “totally out of character” Twitter meltdown following Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.

Early Tuesday morning, Whitehead issued his formal apology in an Instagram post.

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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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Whitehead was waived Monday by the Browns in the wake of his profanity-laced social media screed in which he targeted critics. The Twitter tirade featured threats, including to Dustin Fox, who appears on a postgame show broadcast by Browns’ radio network.

In response to Fox’s criticism, Whitehead wrote, per ESPN, “Come get it in blood b—- made ass lil boy. I’m out there with a broke hand .. don’t get smoked … “

Whitehead also wrote, “Imma kill you b—-.. that’s on blood” to another Twitter user.

In a statement Sunday night, a Browns spokesperson said Whitehead’s “social media posts following today’s game were totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate.”

Whitehead’s Twitter account reportedly was suspended before he left the locker room following Sunday’s 24-19 loss to the Broncos.

Whitehead was in his second season with the Browns after being claimed on waivers in November 2018. In 15 games (eight starts), Whitehead had one interception, two passes defensed and 41 combined tackles.