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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 22, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:18 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



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

rb ~ I feel Mendenhall pointed to the endless cycle of terrorism, war and murder. AND, I agree that some of hiis comments were WAY off base.  That admitted, Mendenhall pointed to, when after 9-11 happened, and we had the sympathy of the whole world and people grieving with us, we then raged a war on another country, killing tens upon tens of thousands of people.

And this cycle continues today.  Mendenhall asked us to think about this "military industrial complex" so to speak, of which Republican President and former General Dwight D Eisenhower warned.

Who would Jesus bomb?



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Didnt think so because your freedoms were provided by them.
This is a logical fallacy.  A person cannot be given freedoms.  Freedoms can only be allowed or taken away.  You are born free of everything besides the laws of nature.  It is government, parents, etc. that place limitations on those freedoms, either through laws or rules.  The military is there to support the strength and will of the State, nothing more.  All that you just spoke of is government rhetoric, the same that all governments, including every other government in the world, tell their citizens.  But I guess that type of thinking is the most you can hope for from recipients of a government run education system.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

To be honest, I think Mendenhall brings up some really good points.  He's obviously thought this out and expresses himself well.  Though he was a total slime, I, too, was disappointed at the general reaction of those celebrating Bin Laden's execution.  Remember when those thugs in Mogadishu pulled our Marines out of the downed helecopter and dragged their bodies through the streets while the barbarians celebrated?  It was nauseating.  In my opinion, celebrating death is wrong.  Bin Laden's death, while it was 10 years coming, should be a solemn day in US history...



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I find it very funny that alot of you are calling him "ignorant" but in the same paragraph also refer to him as "ghetto" or "thug". I wasn't aware that stating your opinion, which is a right in this country, made you a "thug" or "ghetto". (Oh wait, he's black. That explains everything) You have no room to call anyone ignorant when you yourself, are an ignorant moron. I enjoy reading comments on this board from time to time because it allows me to see just how stupid people really are. I'm sure 99% of you have said something you regretted later so shut the fck up and get off your high horses.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I can tell by his remarks today that his handlers got to him.  Believe me ha had NO input to his statement today.  NONE.  Rashad, enjoy your endoresments and jersey sales this year.  Douche bag..



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:06 pm
 

baronson

Ever served in the military? Didnt think so because your freedoms were provided by them. People like you wouldnt make it there so stick to hiding behind your computer and insulting others. Freedom of speach has a price and when your a public figure you should keep comments to yourself. When you baronson decide to actually grow a set join the service and shut your mouth.....



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Mendenhall and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but should expect everyone to have an opinion themselves.  Just because someone is entitled to free speech and an opinion doesn't mean they are exempt or protected from backlash or criticism as a result of their opinion.  He will definitely feel the effect of his opinion in his wallet.  His endorsements and jersey sales will undoubtedly be greatly affected by his words.

Regarding Mendenhall, I think he's way off base and just doesn't get the ramifications of bin Laden being found and killed.  The celebrations of the USA people (I feel) were more about the long awaited capture/killing of someone that designed and commanded the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians.  Bin Laden symbolized what terrorists are all about and by finding him and killing him, it was a symbolic event of defeating these terrrorists.  Do I think that terrorism will suddenly end with his death? NO!  But I do think that terrorists groups have been dealt a significant blow.

After seeing the news of bin Laden being killed came a sense of relief and gratification and great admiration and appreciation for those that carried out this mission.  Also, I have great respect and appreciation of those that serve in the armed forces and what they are doing for our country.  God bless all of them.




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King, Jr.



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that"
 — Martin Luther King Jr


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