BEREA — Browns kick returner Josh Cribbs is apologizing for a profane tweet he sent out following Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
Following the game, Cribbs took out his frustration on Browns’ fans who had tweeted at him after the Browns lost and after Cribbs fumbled a punt return that led to a Broncos touchdown.
Cribbs tweeted on his @JoshCribbs16 account: “I see all the negativity on twitter after I gave my life to this [expletive]. So 2 all u who are against me [expletive] all y’all! I’m still gonna do me!”
Today, Cribbs said he was sorry, saying the tweet was the result of the team’s frustrating performance.
“I was very passionate about it. I was very frustrated. And that comment I made was out of frustration, of course, obviously. It is what it is” said Cribbs.
Cribbs deleted the tweet shortly after it was posted.
“I deleted it because it was the right thing to do. I wasn’t supposed to say it. It was just how I felt. Obviously, after the game, mad at myself, mad at the fact that we lost the game, and how we lost, how I played.”
“There are league issues and their are team issues, that is a team issue,” said Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur on Monday. “That is not acceptable and we had a little conversation about why I don’t like that, how he shouldn’t do that and I think he is remorseful. I added to that he shouldn’t be reading tweets after the game as well,” he said. “Emotions are raw when you don’t win a game and I think he understands that and I think it is important that you try to gather yourself and gain composure. We’re all competitive people but it’s also important that we use good judgment.”
The team says Cribbs was not fined for the tweet.
The Browns are 5-10 and will travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday. It will be the final game of the season for both teams.
Fox 8 Sports Reporter P.J. Ziegler contributed to this story