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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 9:25 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"I have a hard time believing a plane could take down a skycraper demolition style" . . . . that's a quote!  He is an idiot. That language was removed from his tweet later in the day. Let's not belabor the obvious; he wrote what he was feeling and now regrets voicing that.
Don't back this guy up.  



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

He is most certainly not an idiot.  He is clearly a well spoken, thoughtful individual.  Not nearly as much can be said about your simple comment that is in fact completely incorrect.  I don't understand why you would see that in him from this blog?



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I agree that there is no way in hell he wrote that! That is not a "clarification", it is a total retraction of the dribble he voiced yesterday.
The Steelers clearly had him clarify his tweet. I can't wait until he makes the rounds in the AFC North!



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

ya know what, i couldn't agree more with what you wrote up until that totally pointless cheap shot about our president.  i guess if bush or mccain were in office when this happened you would say great job and what a great president we have, right?  no matter how you slice it this happened on Obama's watch and i'm pretty sure he's not gonna try to convince us that he flew to pakistan and killed "OBL" but he most certainly accomplished this mission. 



Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

He is an idiot



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

pfffffft. prove he is dead first. until then, he isn't dead. he probably died 5 + years ago.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

...made a typo...that was supposed to say "ultimate"...see? we are allowed to make mistakes too................



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Where I am from we DO celebrate death...comes with the territory i guess. You go to God, which for any God fearing/loving individual is the untimate achievement. Even though I appreciate Rash's personal opinion (which in this country we are entitled to & is what we fought for in the past) he should of thought before he opened his mouth. This is a rough time we live in and people just don't see IT like the old days....too bad too in my opinion...things used to be simple.

Here's to freedom of speach, the freedom we fight for and try to preserve... and to the freedom of choice, the freedom of free thought, and the freedom to have such options in life... God bless.



Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"Nothing I said was meant to stir up controversy. It was my way to generate conversation."

Does anyone really believe Mendenhall wrote this, or was even CAPABLE of writing any part of it? 
Not to say he isn't smart enough to write this flawlessly..... but he isn't capable of writing this flawlessly.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Did you do a complete backtrack on this because you forgot that you work for the Steelers organization, and they cut (or will again some day) cut your checks?   Or was it because you just suffered from a complete diarrhea of the mouth?  Either way, I think you are a coward.  I would respect you more if you just stuck to your guns and said "yup, I said it, that's how I feel."  Instead, your press guy formulates a vanilla response that attempts to calm the seas for you.  Obviously, everyone of us who are non-institutionalized would have disagreed, but in this great country you have the right to prove you're a dope in this country by making idiotic statments like that on Twitter.   Also, I traded you for a Kicker. 



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