Cleveland Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead posted threatening tweets following the team's 24-19 loss earlier Sunday to the Denver Broncos, and his inappropriate response took precedent over the collective's poor performance.
A Browns spokesperson released an official statement regarding Whitehead's postgame actions, calling them "totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate":
Whitehead's tweets have since been deleted as well as his account suspended, but Browns Wire's Jeff Risdon captured the disturbing messages in which Whitehead threatened to fight fans and a media member. "Imma kill you b---h," one tweet read.
The 26-year-old struggling during the game, exemplified by a poor tackle attempt on Broncos tight end Noah Fant.
Whitehead's postgame meltdown is the most extreme example of the Browns' self-destruction.
During the contest, CBS' Jay Feely relayed (h/t Risdon) on the broadcast that receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had said, "I can't get a ball to save my life" on the sideline following the Browns turning the ball over on downs with 3:23 remaining in the game and Cleveland trailing 24-19.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield chose to throw the ball to receiver Jarvis Landry instead of an open Beckham on the penultimate 4th-and-4 at the Denver 28-yard line. The Browns' failure to convert effectively ended the game and dropped them to 2-6 on the season.
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In a Browns game where the NFL told OBJ/Landry they couldn’t play the 2nd half unless they changed cleats and Jermaine Whitehead had his Twitter acct suspended before leaving the locker room, the fact Baker shaved his face twice might be the strangest thing that happened Sunday https://t.co/mETIcaP2sx
There is objectively controversy in Cleveland as the Browns have mightily underdelivered on the expectations surrounding them in the offseason. Losing to a 3-6 Broncos squad that started backup quarterback Brandon Allen in place of an injured Joe Flacco is just the latest failure.
Cleveland has now lost four games in a row and will have to try to turn things around at home against a stout 6-2 Buffalo Bills team next week.
In the meantime, as evidenced by Whitehead's aggressive tweets, frustrations are boiling over in the Browns' locker room.