Browns waive Jermaine Whitehead after safety's troubling social media tirade

A four-game losing streak has derailed what was supposed to be a Browns turnaround this year, and if Jermaine Whitehead's postgame tweets Sunday were any indication, it appears there was quite a bit of frustration in the Cleveland locker room. And the Browns, apparently, weren't having it.

Cleveland on Monday waived the 26-year-old safety roughly 12 hours after he sent those postgame tweets. A fifth-year player out of Auburn, Whitehead had started all eight games for the Browns in 2019.

After the Browns' 24-19 loss to the Broncos in Denver, which dropped Cleveland to 2-6, Whitehead took to Twitter to respond to criticism of his play.

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"Don't get shot at lil b—," he replied to one account. In another tweet, he suggested a user meet him at the Browns' facility in Berea, Ohio, outside Cleveland.

Whitehead's Twitter account was suspended (presumably for making threats), so only screenshots remain of the outburst. One message was directed at Dustin Fox, a former Ohio State and NFL player who now wor

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"Come get it in blood b— made ass lil boy," Whitehead tweeted to Fox. "Don't get smoked."

Hours later, Whitehead posted a photo on Instagram and apologized for his "performance" but didn't explicitly mention the postgame tweets.

"They tell you take the high road, when yo whole life you was taught to meet fire with fire," Whitehead wrote. "I do apologize for my performance, but having a broke hand and a strong fear of letting my team down is my downfall."

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Crazy world. They line it up and say anything in the book too you. 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 fuck with you. I dare em to try.

A post shared by Jermaine Whitehead (@j2whitehead) on Nov 3, 2019 at 5:39pm PST

In the comments to the post, Whitehead continued his tirade.

"F— you," he wrote in one reply.

He also repeated his invitation to continue the conversation in person: "80 Lou Groza Blvd let me know if you'd like to find out."

Late Sunday night, the Browns released a statement condemning Whitehead's comments and saying they would be "further addressed internally."