July 29, 2015

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Derek Anderson regrets ripping Browns fans

It didn’t take Derek Anderson long to regret ripping Browns fans. He sent a statement early Wednesday morning through a former Browns public relations manager.

“I said some things to (the New-Herald’s) Jeff Schudel earlier that I regret,” he wrote. “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.”

Anderson, who spent five years as a Browns quarterback, had a strained relationship with Browns fans after repeated boos and an ugly episode when they cheered a serious knee injury. He was released Tuesday.

“The fans are ruthless and don’t deserve a winner,” Anderson wrote to the News-Herald in an e-mail 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.”

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