After calling Browns' fans ''ruthless'' and saying they ''don't deserve a winner,'' former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson tried to soften the firestorm he'd created by releasing a statement early Wednesday morning.
"I said some things to Jeff Schudel earlier that I regret,'' Anderson's statement said. ''Those of you who got to know me personally from covering the Browns over the past five years know this was out of character for me. I wasn't taken out of context, but I was speaking out of frustration after my career with the Browns come to a close.
''I had some great times playing in Cleveland, especially during the 2007 season, and I met some great people and made many lifelong friends along the way. I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life."
With a $2 million roster bonus due on March 19, Anderson saw his contract terminated Tuesday. He also carried a $7.45 million salary in 2010. In an email to the News-Herald's Jeff Schudel seeking Anderson's reaction, Anderson showed he hadn't forgotten the reaction of a few fans when he suffered a knee injury Nov. 30, 2008 against Indianapolis. Always more partial to Brady Quinn, some fans cheered as Anderson was helped off the field.
"The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner," Anderson wrote Schudel in an email earlier Tuesday. "I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured.
"I know at times I wasn't great. I hope and pray I'm playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them."