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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: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:57 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Like I commented before this is the problem with Twitter and Facebook.  People like Rashard want to be edgy and make statements about things they know nothing about and so they spew them out which gets them in trouble.  Then he back peddles as quick as he can through the same outlet because he realized that he is just a dumb football player and not in the military or government.  At least if he stood behind his idiotic stupid statements and didnt back down you could respect him for having an opinion (which still is a well misinformed stupid opinion but neverthelss opinion it is) but know he is a dumb football player with a Twitter account and a coward and disingenuous douchebag.  Anything he says, albeit was dumb anyways, is now to be held with a grain of salt because we know he will change his mind and his statements once he realizes that once again he is a dumb football player that should just keep his mouth shut.  Again, enjoy your new team Rashard.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:34 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

So Mendenhall, you like everyone that you haven't met face to face before...No one in the media, etc? I think he has taken far to many hits by Harrison in practice.



Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:25 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Not good enough rashard...keep trying though.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:20 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I think the Steelers organization did a nice job of writing this apology and forcing this idiot to post it as if it was his own.  If you want to rally know what fans think of the dumbest player in the NFL read this:


http://www.associatedcontent.com/ar

ticle/8028807/the_dumbest_player_in

_the_nfl.html?cat=14



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:18 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

 factual testimonies of Military experts? Just curious?

Military? No but structural eng's and arcitects have a website called AEfor911truth.com.  Most of it seems to be based around the thermite theory.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:15 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Embarrassed that he is part of Steeler Nation.




Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:15 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Who was this 'guy' that owned the WTC?
Larry Silverstein.  The one who bought it from the NY transit authourity earlier that year.  The one who took out extra "if it gets hits by a plane" insurance 2 weeks prior.  And the one with the famous "Pull it" line about WTC 7 that wasnt hit by a plane, but collapsed anyways.




Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:06 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"The guy who owned the towers and the insurance policy on the towers made out like a bandit."

Who was this 'guy' that owned the WTC? How come nodbody had heard his name? Was it Tyrelle Pryor? Did Tressel know about it beforehand? .. I doubt it, but there are a lot of unanswered questions about what he knew about 9/11 and when, both by me and other people I make up in my imagination.. silly maybe, but still that made me make a smiley face. Cool



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:06 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Where exactly can i find the factual testimonies of Military experts? Just curious? I would think that testimony regarding any conspiracy theories envolving military personel or any case testiment presented in supreme court about 9/11 would be deemed classified. I just want to read these "facts."



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 7:52 am
 

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

If his agent is smart he will revoke his computer and phone before he does anymore damage. He "encourages people to think." He should take his own advise and think before he speaks and tweets. Just because u have an opinion doesnt mean it should be shared with the world. And if he really thought it wasn't going to stir controversy than he is dumber than some of his comments. In these trying American times I for one do not want to feel like a professional anything is anti-america or does not support what we are doing oversea's or anywhere. Especially when the very freedom that we are protecting has given this person the ability to become a millionare by litarally doing nothing of real importance... Do us all a favor Mendenhall and keep your opinions to yourself.


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