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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.


 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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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:48 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

He talks about people being narrow-minded and celebrating the death of a man that we haven't ever heard speak and don't know.  Then goes on to say he has a hard time believing a plane could take down a building.  I didn't know he was an engineer.  Sounds like he is being narrow-minded about what happened on 9-11.  Going to be interesting to se the reception he gets across the league each week.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:31 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets


Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 3:25 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

You're real funny.  The guy who owned the towers and the insurance policy on the towers made out like a bandit.  Military bomb experts testified that's it's physically impossible for a full collapse of a building just from the planes striking the side of it.  Oh, and Cheney was supposed to be there that morning...and for some reason...he didn't show up.  Look it up.  Those are all true statements.  These are just a few suspicious angles to explore.  As the U.S. government has spent the last 10 years tracking down "the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks," so have certain U.S. citizens, for almost a decade, questioned what really happened on 9/11.  You wanna talk about morons? I know someone who uses sunglasses wearing emoticons and tells lame jokes about Spongebob Squarepants!  Tongue outMoney mouthWink

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 3:10 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Wow.  It seems I'm a Mendenhall fan now.  I hate the Steelers, but this kid is pretty sharp.  That said, all you guys have to do is read these comments, or go on Youtube comments, or even talk to people you know in your hometown to find out...this Bin Laden thing is bullsh*t.  Everyone is suspicious, and even if it's true, EPIC FAIL for the U.S. government.  I'm sticking to my guns and saying that Bin Laden is worth exponentially more alive, than dead.  Wouldn't ya know it too, he was unarmed and they just stormed in in a helicopter guns blazing...the SEALSs.  WTF?!?

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:10 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

  1. talking about writing tacky comments on Tweeter. It seems they should learn from other celebs getting crucified on Tweeter....It amazes me lmao

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:07 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Amen!!!!!! Every celebrity that writes on there SHOULD be pubicly humiliated.

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:01 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Wake up sheeples!!!!  the latest Bin Laden incident is ochestrated!  just like 9/11.  Mendenhall speaks the truth and is branded as unpatriotic?  The destruction of the constitution is unpatriotic!!!!  Education and knowledge my friends.  learn to think for yourselves.

Copious use of exclamation points does not make you right. please explain your accusations. Those are bold statements that you seem very convinced of, please elaborate on how the Bin Laden capture and kill mission was ocrhestrated? I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. I've given detail (and source when applicable) in every post regarding this matter and you've done nothing but hurl accusations. You speak of education and knowledge yet bring none in this post.

You are also doing to many exactly what you are admonishing them for doing which is voicing their opinion of another persons views. People who feel Medenhall is unpatriotic have the same right to say and feel that as he has to say and feel the way he does no matter how much any of us may agree with either side.

You can debate facts and sway a person by educating them with well supported facts but you can't tell someone how to feel or parade around like you are enlightened beyond them armed with nothing but wild accusations.

I'm always ready to absorb factual knowledge and crave learning. If you feel you can help, please step on up.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:59 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

Ok, for everyone saying there was some bigger conspiracy involved, you are a moron. Here's why. We all saw the planes hitting the towers. That wasn't fake. So what you're supposing is that there were other explosives or charges or something that brought the buildings down besides the planes, as part of some larger conspiracy to do.. something, I've still never heard anyone explain who would have or did benefit from that except for the same 'shadow group' that they hang their whole argument on. Here's why that line of thinking is moronic. That whole plan to bring it down with a other charges while making it look like a plane hit it is ridiculously complicated! What if on one of the planes that hit the tower the pilots or passengers had overcome the terrorists like the plane that went down in Pennsylvania? Or what if one of the terrorists hadn't been a good enough pilot and had missed the tower? So the plane crashes into New York City.. or never makes it there.. and what? The tower collapses from the charges 30 minutes later? For no apparent reason? Or what do you do if the plane misses? Not blow the charges and risk them being found in a search that surely would have followed the terrorists targeting the towers? If just one thing goes wrong with that plan, which was incredibly likely, you've got a building blowing up for apparent reason and no way to explain it! Just think it through, if the TSA had caught them, or the pilots locked the door, or the passengers had fought back and won, you've got no plane hitting the building and what? 'They' couldn't just blow it up without the plane hitting it right? My point is no one that would make and could execute such a plan would be stupid enough to have it hinge on such a variable as a terrorist team doing something that had never been done before, and therefore had an unpredictable success rate. It just doesn't make sense when you think about it, so please try to  think next time and stop dumbing up the country. If you want a tweet, here's one: What does Osama have in common with Spongebob Squarepants? They both live in a pineapple under the sea. 'Nuff Said. Cool

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:50 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

I think grown professional men ought to leave twittering to the teenager's and start acting like viable member's of society..........

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:42 am

Mendenhall writes blog post explaining his tweets

"Note to self" If i ever become a star athlete on a popular franchise, do not write retarded blogs to upset the country that i live in. Maybe i would Tweet about my current grocery list or my latest doctor visit.....hmmmm...... I wonder if someone wants to know what i did in 8th grade...hmmmm.....P.S. Erase Tweeter and Facebook pronto.... Really what are these star athletes and movie stars thinking by blogging about things they know will come back and bite them in the a$$?

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