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Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

Posted on: June 8, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 2:13 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ll recall that Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall caused a minor stir last month when he penned a few updates on Twitter about Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 that later were deemed somewhat controversial.

Mendenhall's mess
Mendenhall claimed that he just wanted to make his followers think, but he took some serious heat afterward, costing him endorsement dollars and probably some patriotic Pittsburgh fans.

Now, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has weighed in on the matter, telling KDKA in Pittsburgh that perhaps Mendenhall should have watched his mouth (or, more specifically, his typing fingers).

“He shouldn’t have said it,” Tomlin said. “Yes, it is a freedom of speech issue. Yes, he is a young man, and he has a right to his opinion. But sometimes these young men got to understand the positions that they hold and the influence that they have and to be highly sensitive to that.”

I’ve got a feeling Mendenhall now understands exactly what Tomlin is talking about.

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Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:49 pm

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

I am relieved that he is no longer able to cause any more destruction, but to celebrate is a little too much. But that's my opinion.  Regardless what we do  or say, it's not going to make everyone happy. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:02 am

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

There's a thin line between being glad someone is dead and celebrating their death.  I agree with Mendenhall that there was something inappropriate about the degree to which many Americans celebrated his killing.  If you look at how, say, students at WVU celebrated, you will hopefully understand what I'm saying.  

I am with you in being relieved and happy that Bin Laden is gone, but I didn't see the need in throwing  aparty over it.  Terrorism isn't over.  Someone will take his place.  But most importantly, I think it's just a little sick to revel in anyone's death, justified or not.  I agree with Steve Earle when he said that shouting, "USA USA USA" over someones death simply diminishes us as a nation.  We can kill our enemy, be glad about it, and not participate in the glorification of death in general.

I think it's a shame that Mike Tomlin felt the need to say anything at all about this. 

i agree with everything you said here, expect the last sentence. im guessing he was a guest on that station, and he probably said and talked about MANY topics. i bet 99% that he was asked what he thought about mendenhall's comments, and he told them what he thought. i bet you he didnt seak out an interview to tell his side or felt the need that people needed to hear from him....he was asked a question and he answered, want him to just say "no comment"? if thats the case he should use that line every time he is asked a question

Since: May 2, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:04 pm

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

boy... tomlin really stepped out ---nobody can't say he's not an original thinker

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:32 pm

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'


Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:19 pm

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

Actually, the traditional definitions of "nimrod" (as appearing in my dictionary, anyway) are "tyrant" and "hunter", after the biblical character.  Are either of those what you meant?
I think the point is that he has the legal right--as far as the government's concerned, anyway--to go public and talk nonsense, and we have the legal right to disagree with him in public if we wish. 
Beyond that--since at the moment there's no player contract for him to violate--it's mostly a matter of being smart versus being stupid, and of being decent versus insulting large numbers of Americans and their intelligence.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:58 pm

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

That from song I, should that person go to jail/prison? Come on. .

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:10 pm

Tomlin: Mendenhall 'shouldn't have said it'

There are some real nimrods on this thread. This isn't about his right to be insane and share that insanity with the world. It's about his commitment to represent the Steelers in a positive manner.

He has every right to deny all the evidence, and support conspiracy theories just like every other clinically insane person.

No one has disputed that.

But big boys learn to keep their mouths shut when it comes to things that would land them in the loonie bin.

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