Former Browns safety Whitehead ‘deeply regretful’ for rant

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Cleveland Browns defensive back Jermaine Whitehead (35) runs a play against the Denver Broncos during the second half of NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Denver. Whitehead has been released following his disturbing social media rant after a loss in Denver. The Browns announced the move Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, hours after rebuking Whitehead for “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate behavior” following a 24-19 loss to the Broncos on Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead has apologized for his alarming postgame social media rant.

Whitehead was cut by Cleveland on Monday after he posted several threatening and profane messages on Twitter following Sunday’s 24-19 loss in Denver.

On his Instagram page, the 26-year-old player said his behavior was “out of character for me” and that he was “deeply regretful.” Whitehead said he was frustrated by the way he played, adding that although he had a broken hand “that is no excuse for my actions.”

Whitehead apologized to “anyone who I offended.” In one of his posts, he threatened a former NFL player and used a derogatory racial term.

A starter in all eight games this season, Whitehead apologized to teammates, coaches and “most of all the fans and kids that motivate me to even pursue this dream.”

The Browns signed Whitehead one year ago after he was released by Green Bay. The Packers cut him for punching a New England lineman in a game.

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