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Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 3:53 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Mendenhall (US Presswire)
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall caused quite a stir Monday night when, after the news about bin Laden’s death, he tweeted, “What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side...”

He also tweeted about 9/11, saying, “We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style." (Mendenhall later removed that tweet from his twitter account.)

On Wednesday, the 23-year-old Mendenhall wrote a blog titled "Clarification". Here it is in its entirety:

"I appreciate those of you who have decided to read this letter and attain a greater understanding of my recent twitter posts. I see how they have gotten misconstrued, and wanted to use this outlet as a way to clear up all things that do not truthfully represent myself, what I stand for personally, and any organization that I am a part of.

Mendenhall

 First, I want people to understand that I am not in support of Bin Laden, or against the USA. I understand how devastating 9/11 was to this country and to the people whose families were affected. Not just in the US, but families all over the world who had relatives in the World Trade Centers. My heart goes out to the troops who fight for our freedoms everyday, not being certain if they will have the opportunity to return home, and the families who watch their loved ones bravely go off to war. Last year, I was grateful enough to have the opportunity to travel over seas and participate in a football camp put on for the children of US troops stationed in Germany. It was a special experience. These events have had a significant impact in my life.
           
“What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side...”
          
This controversial statement was something I said in response to the amount of joy I saw in the event of a murder. I don’t believe that this is an issue of politics or American pride; but one of religion, morality, and human ethics. In the bible, Ezekiel 33:11 states, “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways!...”. I wasn’t questioning Bin Laden’s evil acts. I believe that he will have to face God for what he has done. I was reflecting on our own hypocrisy. During 9/11 we watched in horror as parts of the world celebrated death on our soil. Earlier this week, parts of the world watched us in horror celebrating a man’s death.   

Nothing I said was meant to stir up controversy. It was my way to generate conversation. In looking at my timeline in its entirety, everything that I’ve said is with the intent of expressing a wide array of ideas and generating open and honest discussions, something I believe we as American citizens should be able to do. Most opinions will not be fully agreed upon and are not meant to be. However, I believe every opinion should be respected or at least given some thought. I apologize for the timing as such a sensitive matter, but it was not meant to do harm. I apologize to anyone I unintentionally harmed with anything that I said, or any hurtful interpretation that was made and put in my name. 

It was only meant to encourage anyone reading it to think."

Since this controversy, Mendenhall's Twitter following is grown considerably. On Tuesday afternoon, he had 13,631 followers. On Wednesday afternoon, he had 36,914.


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Comments

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

You're one to talk about being ignorant.  I'll bet you don't have the balls to back up your words.  Big talk from a little guy behind the keyboard.  The University of Illinois becomes a little less prestigious when they allow drivel like you to enroll.



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I agree with you on the awkward and uncomfortable feeling I got with seeing people celebrate a man being hunted down and killed. Although, I feel he had it coming along with the Zarqawi fellow who beheaded so many people before an airstrike ended his reign of terror. In regards to the towers collapsing, National Geographic aired scientific explanations of how the collapse happened. Demolition explosives can be placed on certain key supports to start a collapse and the weight of the concrete and steel above those supports does the rest. The intense heat of the burning jet fuel melted these same type of supports to the point where they could no longer support the weight of the concrete and steel above them and they gave way. National Geographic conducted tests on the exact type of beams used in the twin towers and confirmed these beams would lose their strength to support weights placed upon them as fast or faster than the time it took for the burning jet fuel to heat them to the point of beginning to melt. Metallergists use the same concept to shape and hone swords and other tools by making them soft enough to be shaped by a hammer or press. Because of different beliefs on religion, most people can only be sure of visible justice being served on Bin Laden. Whether he receives judgement by a higher power is a matter of faith and we can't know for sure while we are still on this earth. We can believe what we want but we can't prove it. That is why it is called faith.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Correct, not many if any were struck with a plane.

But with building 3 and 5, also having fires, also having damage, the structure was still in tact. WTC 7 was not

struck by a plane, it was further than 3 and 5, which both stood structurally, but WTC 1, 2, and 7, collapsed

like a deck of cards. Demolition style, and to top it all off, From 9/11-5/30 of 2002. Absolutely no agency

was allowed access to the steel. Would it surprise you that the US was involved, or at least tried to cover up some

of what happened that day? Sarcasm aside



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I'm ashamed this fool played football at Illinois.  When I attend there in August anything I see with his picture or name I'll destroy.  This guy is as ignorant as they come.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

IDIOT #3



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

As a college educated slave it must be so disheartening when you are always misquoted by yourself.   Run the ball and shut the hell up you unAmerican JACKASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

IDIOT #2



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

YOU MEANT WHAT YOU SAID. NOW OWN UP TO IT. GO PLAY IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE MORON.




Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

While almost all engineers agree that the planes caused the towers to collapse, a quick survey of engineering opinions shows that there is no agreement on exactly how the structures failed.  Mendenhall's question is a valid one, though it is has nothing to do with celebrations concerning Bin Lden's death.




Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Here's a question:

Is it the nature of justice in America to order the assassination of someone located in another sovereign nation who has not been put on trial, no matter how evil he has been made out to be?

How we answer this question says alot about us as a society.


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