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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: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I think most of you are being too harsh on the guy.  I mean seriously, nobody saw the parallels between the shots of Phillie fans celebrating bin Laden's death and the shots of Arabs celebrating in the streets after hearing about 9/11?  Right or wrong, as evil as we think of bin Laden, that is how evil they think the USA is. 

Assassinating bin Laden had to be done.  But we should not be celebrating in the streets because we killed one guy after 10 years of searching.  If I recall, didn't we freaking TRAIN bin Laden and his crew back when his interests (fighting the Russians in Afghanistan) were aligned with ours? 

Hell, didn't we see Iraq as an ally when Iran were holding Americans as hostages?

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



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

to date, out of 1000's of fires worldwide in SKYSCRAPERS, only 3 have collapsed due to "so called fire"

WTC-1
WTC-2
WTC-7

wow, history made in the same day?.
of the 1000's of fires you refer to, I'm guessing not one was struck by an airliner at over 500 miles per hour. this is central to how the towers were toppled. as I've said in previous posts and is easily the most logical explanation is the tower 7 was weakened beyond repair on the south side, in the area's between floors 8 and 18, upon the collapse of the towers which stood 1300 ft tall and were just 400 ft from tower 7. It is also very important to note that the fires in tower 7 were burning unnattended for hours after it sustained the damage from the twin tower collapse.



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

If I am the Steelers, this guy cancels his Twitter account, makes a formal apology and he gets a warning stating that he represents the organization and any actions whether written or verbal that affects the organization unfavorably will result in the termination of his contract.  You are a football player.  Play football.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:28 pm
 

LAUGHABLE

ALL I KNOW IS THAT DUMBASS DIDN'T WRITE HIS CLARIFICATION. 



Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Rashard Mendenhall is a million times more thoughful that the pseudo-patriots, demagogues, and politicians weighing in on his views.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Great job Xemnor, respectful, and honest rubuttal...

Any agency, company, independent or not, can say, or write what they want... but facts are facts

to date, out of 1000's of fires worldwide in SKYSCRAPERS, only 3 have collapsed due to "so called fire"

WTC-1
WTC-2
WTC-7

wow, history made in the same day?

But if you read the bible, this should come as no surprise to any of you...

we are in the last days my friends. The end is very near




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Anyone who bases their thought or choices on what an athlete or celebrity does or thinks is more lost than they realize.  Most of these people are not educated on the issues or positions they take and are merely spouting of rhetoric they have heard somewhere and thought sounded good.  If Mendenhall had bothered to educate himself he would know how the plane crashing into the towers brought them down and would have hhad that controversy set to rest.  He tweeted before he thought and now regrets it



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

<Just as Mendenhall has the right to say what he wants, other people are just as free to critisize it with that very same right! >
i was not referring to the american people who have that right to do so, I am talking about the storm it stirred up about conduct violations and trying to get the man fired. Expressing his right should not lead to such punishment, that is going too far.



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

the majority of the country celebrates his death. to call that "unreasonable" and telling people how to feel in what is a free society goes against freedom of expression, one of our most basic and important rights in this country.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

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Good points jasontmason.  I would add in a more cynical fashion:  how about the despots that we have propped up and funded, such as those in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria, etc.?

Hey tards, Bin Laden wasn't a despot. He was a terrorist. He was not a leader of a recognized nation. He was a leader of an Islamic fundamentalist movement called al-Queda. Could you show me were al-Queda is on a map? I'm having a hard time finding it? The difference between the two are despots rule and entire nation which encompasses all of those living within it's borders to their rule, regardless of individual belief. Terrorist organization reside within nations, and only rule those who CHOOSE to be a participant. Like a fucked up Promise Keepers club. So, with your logic, we should have bombed or killed the governor of Texas when David Koresh and his cult locked people within his compound.


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