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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: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Perhaps Mendenhall's comments were misunderstood, but that is all the more reason why he should have been a little more careful with the wording in his twitter posts.  The fault is not on the public for misunderstanding his real meaning, the fault rests on Mendenhall for his careless and insensitive use of words which appeared to be defending an evildoer who has caused much heartache and misery among multitudes who have lost loved ones because of him.  His comparison of parts of the world celebrating 911 to US citizens celebrating bin Laden's death is not an apples-to-apples comparison.  In the former case people were celebrating the death of thousands of innocent people who had families and were murdered in their own workplace.  In the latter, people were celebrating the death of a wicked murderer who was responsible for the death of the innocent.  While I don't necessarily support the open, public celebration of his death, I can understand the strength of the emotion in light of the suffering bin Laden has caused and the realization that the world is at least just a little bit safer than it was before.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Whether you agree or disagree with Mendenhall's comments, the fact that he can make such comments is what makes America the best country in the world.  I too do not celebrate the death of OBL.  I am thankful that the world has been made a safer place with his death, but to celebrate it is not reasonable.  This terrorist caused one of the darkest moment's in our country.  His death should be one of relief not jubulation.  Navy SEAL team Six is the best of the best and should be applauded for their heroism.  That same applause should go out to every service man and woman in our armed forces.  Now lets just hope that Obama does not try to take credit for the entire incident.



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

We dont get free reign because of what one man did, there is reasonable doubt as to whether Osama was unarmed in any way.... still you're completely right. We dont abide by their rules because they are allowed to discount ours, because once we go outside of due process and the righteousness of our laws we become no better than those we fight.
Mendenhall is should not be bashed because he spoke his mind about what his scripture really says and if those rastafarians are allowed to smoke weed because theirs says it, i dont know why a rational american citizen was criticized for something that wasnt even offensive.
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!




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

gio ~ Schools afre paid by our taxes and RUN by an elected school board.  It's like they are "democratic" schools, and repubs like corporate private schools for those who can aford them
Of course you are forgetting that the local school boards must also answer to their State Department of Education as well as the Federal Department of Education.  Accordingly, they do not make their own decisions.  And you lost me as soon as you brought the Republicans, as if they are much different than Democrats. 

The problem with Democrats is that they think of corporations as bad, but they forget that "bad" things corporation do are usually done in conjuntion with the government.  And there is an inherent flaw in paying for schools out property taxes, as it forces those that own homes to pay for the education of those that do not own homes.  For instance, I have chosen for many reason that it is to my benefit to rent a home rather than purchase one, thus my daughter's education is free, which is not fair to my 75 year old neighbor that must pay into a system in which they receive no direct benefit.

A more fair system would be provide tax beneifts for education expenses, which would allow competition amongst the schools to come forth.  And, of course, competition always leads to better product.




Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

There really is very little difference in the two celebrations.  Mendenhall actually shows a consistency in thought.  No man's death should be celebrated.  Of course Bin Laden deserved to be brought to justice, and maybe killing him was the only way to do that, but he is still a human being and to celebrate his death is insensitive.



Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Actually, it would be a pretty reasonable assesment of bin laden's death to call it a murder, and unlawful.  Last I checked, going into a sovereign country to kill a man without due process in some kind of court is not international protocol.  I don't like nazis either, but should we just have skipped the Nouremburg trials, and wasted every nazi leader sans trial.  There is good and evil in the world, and osama was no doubt evil.  Due process of law is one of the things that separate the good from the evil.  There is plenty of room for questioning this event from many different angles if we want to call ourselves a civilized and enlightened citizenry.  Qaddafi is also a despot, should we now send seals into another country that we are not at war with to kill another man without a trial?  I just look for consistency and well thought out principles over ignorant hypocrisy any day.

A trial for a confessed mass murderer would be appropriate in a solely criminal based case where due process applies. However, he was a self-professed enemy combatant who was Killed On Sight.

There was an option to blow the compound off the planet from the air but the US did the responsible thing and minimized collateral casualties.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

We dont get free reign because of what one man did, there is reasonable doubt as to whether Osama was unarmed in any way.... still you're completely right. We dont abide by their rules because they are allowed to discount ours, because once we go outside of due process and the righteousness of our laws we become no better than those we fight.
Mendenhall is should not be bashed because he spoke his mind about what his scripture really says and if those rastafarians are allowed to smoke weed because theirs says it, i dont know why a rational american citizen was criticized for something that wasnt even offensive.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Qaddafi is also a despot, should we now send seals into another country that we are not at war with to kill another man without a trial?
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.? 



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Actually, it would be a pretty reasonable assesment of bin laden's death to call it a murder, and unlawful.  Last I checked, going into a sovereign country to kill a man without due process in some kind of court is not international protocol.  I don't like nazis either, but should we just have skipped the Nouremburg trials, and wasted every nazi leader sans trial.  There is good and evil in the world, and osama was no doubt evil.  Due process of law is one of the things that separate the good from the evil.  There is plenty of room for questioning this event from many different angles if we want to call ourselves a civilized and enlightened citizenry.  Qaddafi is also a despot, should we now send seals into another country that we are not at war with to kill another man without a trial?  I just look for consistency and well thought out principles over ignorant hypocrisy any day.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:18 pm
 

I'm not mad at Rashard. I feel sorry for him.

I mean, here's a guy who isn't capable of distinguishing the difference between: (a) Arabs dancing in the street at the cowardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent men, women, and children on 9-11 simply because they were American; and (b) Americans celebrating the daring, high-risk, and wholly justifiable killing of the terrorist most responsible for the the 9-11 mass murder and the murders of thousands of other innocent people, both Muslim and non-Muslim.  I feel bad for Rashard, and I hope he stays healthy enough to retire on his football skills.  With his candle-power, absent his athletic abilities he'd be shining shoes.  


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