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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.


 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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Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:14 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

your true un-american colors showed with your original comment so go run the ball in pakistan you fricken loser!  

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:59 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Apology not accepted. This dolt seemed to conveniently forget that he questioned that two airplanes could actually cause those buildings to collapse. What an a-hole  

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:57 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

what's up with the ebonics comment,what are you really saying?

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:54 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

i truly ashamed to call you a fellow american considering,bias and hatefilled blog are you any different in heart than those that took down the towers

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:45 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I dident care what this guy had to say be the death of OBL why should i care now play football

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:44 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I certainly am not defending "Rash" by the way...yes a plane could bring a tower down...pretty simple equation. The comment definately comes across wrong though...just like most of what he said at that time. I'm just not sure that's what he meant to say...just like the comment "Who celebrates death?..." Well, if he is so "proper" for lack of a better word, then he should know that death is least to those who believe.

He also said something along the lines of how we can say these things about someone we hadn't heard speak...or something like that. Well, as they say, actions speak louder than words, and in my opinion, O'le Bin got was coming to him....plain and simple.

Lets move on folks...hope for better days...and an NFL season.


Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:35 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

The difference between celebrating bin Laden's death and the death of men, women, and children in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania is that bin Laden was responsible for his own actions.  He made his choices and suffered consequences for them.  He chose to live by the sword, and to die by it.  He didn't come forward to be judged, he hid.  Did the 3 year old in daycare on the morning of September 11, 2001 have that chance?

There was no secret plot to get bin Laden.  America was pretty up front about it.  He marked himself with a target.  Anyone harboring him knew the consequences they may potentially face.

I don't see the point of reminding people that bin Laden was trained by the US.  History is littered with betrayals and shifting alliances that fit into a political agenda.  Didn't we commit one of the greatest atrocities in history by bombing innocent Japanese civilians during World War II?  Luckily Japan's leadership is intelligent enough not to hold a grudge for the sins of our fathers.  The same cannot be said for bin Laden and his supporters, who strike against "America" by killing innocent people; reporters, children, men and women who are just trying to make a life for their families.

bin Laden's death is no more murder than that of any other soldier carrying a gun.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:32 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Routine move by the Steelers organization writing an 'excuse note' for Rashard, but they are used to this type of thing.  The Steelers are certainly well versed at covering for all the losers that play for them.

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:29 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Very well written clarification, not just the usual ebonics.  Clarification ACCEPTED!

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:28 pm

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I can't believe he tries to justify his comments by quoting the bible (Ezekiel 33:11)  What an ass.  Doesn't that same bible say "an eye for an eye"  I like that quote from the bible better jackass.  Funny how people try to hide behind religion and 2 different people can take two different things away from the same book.  Secondly, don't turn this into a religous thing.  Doesn't Bin Laden try to justify his acts as religious acts.  Being from Illinois and a big U of I fan makes me real embarrassed to have to claim this guy as one of my fellow statesmen.  God Bless Seal Team 6!!!  I will sleep a better tonight knowing there is less evil in the world!!!

from wikipedia...


The meaning of the principle, an eye for an eye is that a person who has injured another person returns the offending action to the originator in compensation. The exact Latin (lex talionis) to English translation of this phrase is actually "The law of retaliation." At the root of this principle is that one of the purposes of the is to provide equitable retribution for an offended party.

The phrase, "an eye for an eye ", (ayin tachat ayin , literally 'an eye in place of an eye'), is a quotation from several passages of the Hebrew Bible <sup id="cite_ref-0" class="reference"> </sup> <sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference"> </sup> <sup id="cite_ref-2" class="reference"> </sup> in which a person who has injured the eye of another is instructed to pay compensation. It defined and restricted the extent of retribution in the laws of the .

The English word talion means a punishment identical to the offense, from the talio . The principle of "an eye for an eye" is often referred to using the Latin phrase lex talionis , the law of talion.

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