Jermaine Whitehead’s social media meltdown on Sunday got him suspended from Twitter and released from the Cleveland Browns. The former Auburn defensive back has now shared a public apology via Instagram. In the apology (below), Whitehead shares that he played Sunday’s Cleveland-Denver game with a broken hand, but said he’s not making excuses for threatening fans and a media member:

“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!”

Whitehead has been in the NFL since 2015 after playing at Auburn from 2011-14. Prior to Cleveland claiming Whitehead off waivers in 2018, his prior NFL stops were with the San Francisco 49ers (2015), Baltimore Ravens (2016), and Green Bay Packers (2016-18).