Jermaine Whitehead Apologizes for Sending Death Threats on Twitter

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Former Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead apologized for the death threats and insults he directed at critics following Sunday's game.

Whitehead issued an apology on Instagram to those affected by his rant, the Browns and his fans.

"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 said.

"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!"

Minutes after the Browns lost to the Broncos on Sunday, Whitehead sent a number of threatening tweets to fans and one media member while sitting in the locker room. His account was quickly suspended, after which he continued issuing threats in direct messages on Instagram.

Whitehead told one user "Imma kill you b----" and told Browns radio analyst Dustin Fox, who criticized Whitehead's tackling, "don‘t get smoked." Whitehead also called Fox a "cracker."

The Browns issued a statement Sunday night calling Whitehead's comments "unacceptable and highly inappropriate." Cleveland later released Whitehead on Monday morning.

Whitehead will become a free agent if he clears waivers on Tuesday. Through eight games this season, he recorded 41 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.