The Cleveland Browns have released safety Jermaine Whitehead to waivers. This decision comes after a Twitter tirade that included threats of violence.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported the Browns waived him on Monday morning.
The #Browns waived S Jermaine Whitehead after his threatening and distasteful social media posts yesterday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2019
Whitehead’s Twitter rant came after the Browns’ Week 9 loss against the Denver Broncos. This loss pushed Cleveland to 2-6, good for only third in the AFC North. The 2019 season has been a huge disappointment for a team that was hyped up as a possible Super Bowl contender.
The tackling of the Browns and Whitehead specifically was on trial during the tweets. Cleveland gave up some big runs to Phillip Lindsay and Noah Fant that could have been prevented by better tackling. Whitehead responded to criticisms by threatening violence, even offering up his address so he could make good on his threats.
His account has been suspended by Twitter, so the tweets are no longer available to see on the website itself. The Browns condemned the tweets on Sunday night, directly after they were made aware of them. The decision to cut him was not made public until Monday morning.
Whitehead has had one interception and one forced fumble on the season. He will now be a free agent that can be claimed on waivers, if any team wants to take a chance.
The Browns will try and right the ship on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
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