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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
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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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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

My country, right or wrong she may be but always MY COUNTRY!!!! Not good enough Steeler boy!



Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Wonder who wrote the "Clarification".



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

 (Oh wait, he's black. That explains everything)

UmmYeaDude,

 This is not a black or white issue. When the Dixie Chicks critisized G.W. Bush about the war they got the same backlash. This critisism of Mendenhall is totally justified. You are correct on one point though. He has the right to say what he wants. As a person in the USAF I understand those rights very well. However, everyone who is blasting him with their own opinions have those exact same rights. Even Mendenhall himself was wrong in his first tweet. We have heard Bin Laden speak. He spoke of hate and wished death upon Americans (go watch the tapes). We did hear his side of things too. His side was to order four passenger planes to crash into American buildings killing thousands of civilians. Bin Laden should be glad that Americans were his enemy and not the militants of the middle east or he would not have gotten the proper burial that he received. He would have been filmed being beheaded and his carcas drug through the streets as people danced and rejoiced.



Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"Nothing I said was meant to stir up controversy. It was my way to generate conversation."  Oh, really?  Kind of like comparing playing in the NFL to being a slave on a plantation?   Ostensibly, Mendenhall doesn't have any idea how good he has it.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Squintly, so I will take your non-response as an acquiescence of my request for your denial that we wre involved over there before they did anything over here.  Anyway, it's been fun so good day.



Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Sounds like a man who ran his mouth without thinking and now is crawfishing



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"Today's ally is tomorrow's terrorist if they are no longer the enemy of our enemies.  Think about it."

Training and arming (and saving, an important part to remember) Afghanastan to fight against Russia was a good move. Look at what's happened to the USSR over the past two decades. I know what they've done in the way of killing innocent people in their acts of terrorism over the years. Please feel free to share anything that the US has done that compares with any of those acts because I feel as though the tables of justice lean very much in our favor here.

The fact is that sometimes you have to deal with tyrants who are at war with other tyrants in order to reep the benifits. The US had a relationship with Saddam that went back to the 50's and he was even courted by the CIA. He eventually evolved into a genocidal maniac and raised two sons to be of the same soul-less cloth.

Look at all three parties at hand here. Bin Laden, Sadaam & sons and the US. I truly believe the only one left standing also happens to be the most good and just.





Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

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."


Clarified? Uh, no. He did spin control because what he said is so stupid, he would have been grilled over-and-over again and chided by fans and the media.

Think? Too funny. Since when do conspiracy theorists make anyone think? They just make them laugh at their expense.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

gio, apparently I cannot explain anything to you.  Even as smart as you are, I doubt you are smart enough to explain things to me, so believe what you like.  I will only say we need different views to maintain balance (just look at Germany with Hitler), but if one thniks America is bad and/or there is someplace better; then, by all means "hit the road."



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I dont know what your thinking Chief. Laws provide or take away most of are freedoms today. Many of the wars in this world can be avoided with words, not guns. I'm guessing you were one of those kids in high school that couldn't get into college because of your stupidity, And your last means of educating comes with a gun in the hand(armed forces).  Our armed forces should be to protect the USA. Not Pakistan, afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait. etc. These wars had more to do with resources this country can't do without. We have allies in this world because we want something from them. Now Iraq is our friend. No, we just got what we wanted. more control.

Dont misunderstand what I'm saying here. Bin Laden is a killer and needed to go to hell. But many years ago he knew that the western world(USA) had their hands in everything that was in their interest($$$$$$$). He hated us for that. He hated all christians. 
So congrats to freedom? Not so sure. WE will never be free of war because we will all fight for what is needed. I am very proud of our service men and woman for trying to protect our freedoms and religions.


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