Like one of his errant passes, quarterback Derek Anderson sent a
rocket at Browns fans he wishes he could take back.
Anderson apologized to Cleveland fans Wednesday after calling
them “ruthless” and adding they “don’t deserve a winner”
following his release by the team.
Anderson was let go by the Browns on Tuesday, ending an uneven
five-year stint. In an e-mail to The (Willoughby) News-Herald, a
frustrated Anderson criticized Browns fans and said he will never
forget that some of them cheered when he was injured.
“The fans are ruthless and don’t deserve a winner,” Anderson
wrote. “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.”
When Anderson sustained a knee injury in a 2008 game against
Indianapolis, some Browns fans cheered as he laid on the field in
pain. Despite making the Pro Bowl in 2007, the majority of
Cleveland fans wanted the club to start Brady Quinn, a first-round
draft pick in 2007.
On Wednesday, Anderson sent an e-mail to Cleveland media members
saying he regrets some of his comments.
“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,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t taken out of context, but I was
speaking out of frustration after my career with the Browns came 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
Anderson’s release came one day after the Browns acquired backup
Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle. Anderson was due a $2
million roster bonus on March 19.
The 26-year-old is expected to draw interest from several teams
and will reportedly visit Arizona and Seattle this week.