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Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

Posted on: May 4, 2011 1:57 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 3:26 pm
Now that we have the long-awaited "clarification" from Rashard Mendenhall, one thing is clear: Someone needs to put this guy on Tweet hold.

I expected him to apologize for insulting the victims, families of the victims and survivors of 9/11 for insensitive and, frankly, stupid, remarks, but I overestimated the guy. Instead, Mendenhall apologized for the timing of his remarks and apologized to "anyone I unintentionally harmed with anything that I said or any hurtful interpretation that was made and put in my name."

Translation: He's sorry if you didn't like what he had to say ... he's sorry for when he said it ... but he is not sorry for what he said.

Mendenhall explained that he was only trying to provoke conversation, and, congratulations, Rashard. You succeeded. People everywhere want to know if you think the earth is flat, too. Of course, that can happen when some jerk questions how a plane can destroy a skyskraper or why anyone would applaud the death of, oh, say, someone like Osama bin Laden.

Geez, I dunno, Rashard, but maybe you should speak to someone who lost family or friends in the World Trade Center .. or perhaps the family of a solider killed in Afghanistan ... or  anyone who was part of 9/11 and will never forget the horror, cruelty and sadness of that morning. Then you might understand why people are angry. Then again, maybe not. In his "clarification," Mendenhall said, "nothing I said was meant to stir up controversy," and if he honestly believes that then I have someone I'd like him to meet.

Donald Trump.

I mean, what on earth did Rashard Mendenhall think he would do? Ah, but there's the mistake. There was no thinking involved. Rashard Mendenhall just struck a couple of buttons, sent a message and lit a match to his reputation -- guaranteeing him a spot in the NFL's Hall of Infamy, under the letter M ... for moron.

When former New York Giants' receiver Amani Toomer took on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month, saying he exercised "Gestapo"-like tactics to control players, he provoked conversation, too -- with all of it aimed at Toomer. A day later, Toomer apologized, saying his comments were "stupid, inappropriate and offensive." But he didn't stop there. He apologized to Goodell and "for my choice of words."

Toomer had the good sense to know the mess he created. So he took the right and necessary steps to clean it up, immmediately addressing his controversial remarks, taking responsibility for them and doing what he could -- in this case, apologizing -- to ameliorate the situation.

Rashard Mendenhall should be next to confessional. He's the guy who created this controversy, and he's the only one who can make it go away ... and an apology would be a good place to start. Trying to explain himself only makes things worse. Just apologize and move on -- only stick to football and leave the global commentating to someone else.

That way, we'll all be better off.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:12 pm

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:43 am
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Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

My dear American friends, I'm also an Amercian (but from Mexico). Wake up!!! Your own cruel government did this on its citizens to mask deep economic, political and social problems by creating a non-existing super enemy called Osama bin laden. Of course he existed, and very probably we was indeed a nasty terrorist leader, but this whole thing is completely disproportioned. Your own government demolished the Twin towers and of course building # 7, created a whole Hollywood pintoresque theatre out of the Pentagon airplane crash, and so on... The whole reason behind this: create FEAR, HATE and Social Union & Cohesion (Patriotisim). Please, just give yourselves a chance and think out of the box for a while without any prejudgment (just plain technical facts), and maybe, just maybe we will at least have a slight doubt of what the USA government told us and what really happened. 

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 6:48 am

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

We should never glorify death. That is what separates us from them.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: May 28, 2011 11:54 pm

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

I dont personally like his viewpoint, nor the method in which he expressed himself. But, as a writer, you better then anyone should not be in favor of restricting anyone's ability to communicate. He has every right to his opinion, as well as a right to express it. He'll be judged on his opinions, but isn't that part of what being an American stands for? If you dont like his comments, or viewpoint simply unfollow him.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 28, 2011 9:41 pm

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

bin laden got what he deserved. a bullet in the fucking dome.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:41 am

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

Very interesting to watch the reactions of everyone when something like this occurs.

Points have been surrounding potential conspiracy theories, Mendenhall's insensitivity, and the freedom of speech. Since I live in North America as well, and I have a computer and an opinion, I may as well share it with everyone just like the rest of us do.

1) Freedom of speech - of course Mendenhall has the right to say what he wants, when he wants to. I think the soldiers he offended with his comments would agree with his right to make them. So yes, he has the right to make them. But if he makes them publicly, then people also have a right to react to them. And what else could he have possibly expected?

So yes, you have the right to say what you want. But if what you say goes heavily against public opinion, and you make your statements in public, be prepared to reap the consequences. Especially about something as serious as the mass loss of human lives.

2) Conspiracy theory - I'm not touching this one. I'm not educated enough or privy to enough classified information to render an opinion one way or another, and as such, I'll go with my sense of humanity and morality and choose to believe no government would torture it's own citizens like that.

Everyone, though, continue to attack each other, insult each other, and threaten each other based on a difference of opinion or belief. It's kind of counter intuitive to celebrating a man's death when you are acting, in the wake of it, exactly how he would want you to act.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:45 pm

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

Well said!!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2011 1:49 am

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

 I would of been fine with having him go before a court and be sentenced like Saddam was,but I think that if we kept him alive it would of been open season on the USA.I think the country handled his death very well!!   Kudos USA!!!!We buried him in a timely manner according to Muslim Law.WE did not go in and kill innocents either.4 people dead and they were all his main guys!!!

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:55 pm

Sorry, Rashard, but that's not enough

Anyone that lives in this country. and salutes our flag should be glad this happened.Ding Dong the worst is gone.If you feel bad about this whole deal than I don't know what to tell you.If you feel bad get the heck out of our country cause we have enough dick heads to deal with.He was a mass murderer and there is no room for people in our country to try to defend him.
Yes, Osama bin Laden brings out very strong reactions in people. Jon Stewart (who has been slimed as some kind of Librul Idjit™) was practically gleeful. He lived/lives in New York, and the September 11th attacks were pretty personal to him. I don't think anybody with an ounce of rational thought would try to defend bin Laden's actions or his warped, extremist beliefs.

But let's be clear about one one thing: This wasn't justice, in the strictest sense. It was vengeance. Vengeance he deserved? Most people would say, "Hell yes." But even so, there are those who believe that justice is preferable to vengeance, and those people belong in this country just as much as anyone else. Even if the result (the death of Osama bin Laden) would have been the same in the end, there are those who believe he should have been brought before a court, tried fairly, convicted (as if there would be any doubt), and punished. If that punishment was death, so be it.

I am one of these people. It may seem like a waste of time, since the result would have been the same, but this country was founded on the principle of secular rule of law, and if we circumvent that law, we lose a little bit of ourselves and set a precedent for bending the rules again.

I for one am content with no Osama bin Laden in this world. I can't change how it happened, so I will have to go on while disagreeing with the circumstances of his demise rather than the fact of it.

, every word you wrote is rational, reasonable, and perfectly natural. The only purpose of this response is to make sure we all understand that even those people who wanted bin Laden to stand trial before his execution wanted what you wanted, at heart. As you put it: Ding Dong, the worst is gone. Amen.

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