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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 3, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Rashard (supporters) you can't take back what has been consistently stupid comments on your part (i.e. 9/11 conspiracy, race/slavery, and "murder" of bin Laden). You might consider yourself a conversationalist, but I know a 10 year old would understand the vengence of mankind agains the EVIL of bin Laden was not "murder." You dont murder an enemy of mankind, you dispose of the evil in the only manner they understand (violence). Save your religious sermon for your own fate, I know my God and I understand he allows us to eliminate those who do harm on women and children. This is a war that al-Qaida declared....we will finish it. As for your prospects of endorsements, jersey sales, and motivational speeches...let's just say that is pretty in the same state as Osama bin Laden....D-E-A-D!!!!



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:15 pm
 

No apology for these tweets though????

Women are some of the most SELFISH creatures I know!

Going down on your man IS optional.  It's either gonna be you, OR some other chick

Whenever you see a man and wonder "why hes with her?" it's cause she do things that you won't!

Women, if you don't respect your man someone else will



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

If Mendenhall can't see the difference between celebrating the deaths of 3000 inocent people that were simply going to work that day, and the celebration of the death of a man who was responsible for those murders then he is suffering from head trama and needs to sit out.  Now I hate two players on the Steelers.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Your're pretty disgusting to be wishing that on anyone. Grow up!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

There is ZERO, I repeat ZERO, chance this moron wrote this blog.  It was writen by a PR person for the Steelers, and they put his name to it.  While I can't stand the Steelers, I applaud that they won't allow this kind of nonsense from one of their players.  Perhaps Mendenhall will learn a lesson now:  stick to running the football and leave public commentary to those with an education, common sense, and tact.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"This controversial statement was something I said in response to the amount of joy I saw in the event of a murder."  A MURDER?  FU aZZ hole I hope you blow out knee and your carrer is over.  And I never wish harm on other players, well maybe a sprained ankle.  But this guy - I wouldn't draft him in my FFl leagues.  Screw you.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Thats it? Thats all he wants to explain about? What about the other hurtfull conspirator things he said, Especially about listening to what Bin Laden had to say? We all listened to what "the man" had to say. Thru his video taped fatwahs on killing all americans. We all heard what he had to say. The NFL is perfect for 2nd chances, now is time for one. Get him off this team and send him away. Please
 



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Can you say 'BACKPEDDLE?" I still say the Steelers should trade him to the Jets or Giants and let their fans take care of him.



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Can you say "BACKPEDDLE?" My suggestion is that the Steelers trade him to the Jets or Giants and let the fans take care of him.



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

A speech writer made some money to write this.


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