On Tuesday, he took to Instagram to apologize for his actions.
Whitehead called his comments "totally out of character" in a lengthy caption posted less than 24 hours after he was released from the Browns' roster.
"I do not justify my actions, but was extremely frustrated with the way I had played and our team losing because of it," he said. "I was playing with a broken hand, but that is no excuse for my actions, and I am deeply regretful."
🙏🏾 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!
A post shared by Jermaine Whitehead (@j2whitehead) on Nov 5, 2019 at 4:56am PST
Whitehead ended his message with an "I love you!" seemingly directed toward the Cleveland Browns and their fans.
The 26-year-old was cut from Cleveland's roster after multiple tweets containing slurs and threats towards fans, beginning with a targeted message to Browns broadcaster Dustin Fox, who had critiqued Whitehead's performance during Sunday's game.
Within 15 minutes of the tweets directed at Fox and other fans being sent, Twitter suspended Whitehead's account. On Sunday evening, the Browns released a statement calling the posts "totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate."
Whitehead was cut from the team Monday morning and is now a free agent. The Browns are 2-6 on the season and next face the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.