Rashard Mendenhall Blogs ‘Clarification’ For 9/11, Bin Laden Tweets

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Rashard Mendenhall created an uproar on Tuesday with comments made on his official Twitter page regarding Osama bin Laden’s death.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back on Monday 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…”

The 23-year-old even made a reference to the Sept. 11 attacks on the Twin Towers.

“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

On Wednesday, Mendenhall released a blog entry, titled “Clarification.”

“First, I want people to understand that I am not in support of (bin Laden), or against the USA,” he wrote. “I understand how devastating 9/11 was to this country and to the people whose families were affected.”

He added: “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. … 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.”

The Steelers felt compelled to act after Mendenhall’s tweets made the rounds on sports radio, including WFAN’s Mike’d Up program.

“I have not spoken with Rashard, so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments,” team president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “The entire Steelers organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon.”

Mendenhall apologized toward the end of his entry.

“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.”

Among his other bin Laden tweets:

“I believe in God. I believe we’re ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge.”

“Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves.”

“For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn … I ask how would God feel about your heart?”

Mendenhall, who profiles himself as a “conversationalist and professional athlete” on his Twitter page, turned some heads in March, as well, when he supported a comment by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson comparing the NFL to “modern-day slavery.”

“Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel eachother,” Mendenhall posted at the time.

Mendenhall is coming off a tremendous season, as he led the AFC champions in carries (324), rushing yards (1,273) and rushing touchdowns (13). He has 2,439 yards in three seasons since being drafted in the 2008 first round out of Illinois.

In the 2010 postseason, Mendenhall ran for 230 yards on 61 carries in three games with four touchdowns, as Pittsburgh defeated the Baltimore Ravens (31-24) and New York Jets (24-19), before falling to the Green Bay Packers 31-25 in the Super Bowl.

Is Mendenhall’s “clarification” good enough for you? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • matt

    Steelers and football should cut him. He does not have any respect for the people of this country that lost their lives at the hands of the closest thing to the devil. His take is that this country did the towers. He does not belong on the field being cheered. Pittsburgh you have a problem.

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  • Tawana Brawley


    I like the way you manipsiate the language. It’s very cromulent of you.

    • C.A. Maddox

      Hey Baby…where you been?

  • Black Pride

    Bush (white man) couldn’t do it….. Obama finally did it….4 more years!!

    • Joshua

      No Seal Team 6 did it not Obama. America needs to support and recognize the courage and bravery of every man and woman that puts on a uniform. Did you put on a uniform Black Pride? Did Obama put on a uniform? I think not. God Bless America!!!!!!!

      • Rick Astley

        Both of you fools are wrong. He was Rick-rolled.

  • NMJ135

    Heed your own advice and just shut up!

  • Uhhh....

    Does anyone really believe they killed Bin Laden last weekend?

    • Jeff Phelps

      Uhhh…. NO! LOL Ofcourse not! it;s one GIANT publicity stunt, and most people realize this!

  • Rob

    Talk about hypocracy…. For such a God loving man he tweets about girls going down on their men or they will get it somewhere else and girls doing nasty things sexually.

  • CA

    Pro athletes have never been known for their intelligence and this guy is a perfect example of that fact. Saying that pro athletes are modern day ‘slaves’ is absolutely ludicrous. Most make more money in one year than the average fan makes in a lifetime. Sign me up to be one of those ‘slaves’. II think Mendehall has taken too many hits to the head…

    • Joshua

      It all boils down to the double standard of racism in America and of course ignorance. If a white player would have said something equal to what he said it would be career suicide. And of coarse Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would be screamin bloody murder and the league would fine them an average mans yearly pay. Boo Hoo Dem poor guys

  • Vin

    There is no hypocrisy. Parts of the world celebrated the death of innocent people. We celebrated the death of an evil monster that murdered thousands of innocent people. There is a huge difference. Contrary to what some want to believe, all of life is not precious.

  • Sal

    I wonder if his Momma was in that building if he would feel the same way.

  • don knox

    i totally agree his right to state his view. i also agree for the most part with everything he said. we as a people do exactly what we condemn others for doing.

  • Mercy

    this creep is an ilmoral slob!

    • Oscar E. Valencia

      First, The Talmud tells a story of Angels asking God if they can sing praises after he has drowned Egyptians and allowed Israel to cross the sea, and God responds I just drowned the enemy and you ask if you can rejoice? I think we can learn from it.
      Second, The enemy seeing us celebrating can fuel more of a reaction than we need, it is like asking for it, I know we are all happy a horrible man is no longer part of this universe but in their minds Israel with the aid of USA has murdered thousands of their people, 1982 Lebanon when Israel attacked Lebanon with our aid is also fueling more hate, violence brings violence no matter where in the world

      • Joni

        If we rejoice in his death, “It’s like asking for it”???? I am sick and tired of having to walk on eggshells with people who crashed airplanes full of people into buildings full of people…all innocents. We didn’t ask for it then…this radical group does not need a reason to kill Americans.
        Where was your comments when Bin Laden and his group of radicals rejoiced in the death of over 3,000 Americans??

  • June

    Mike you are an idiot

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      Scrod is my co-pilot.

  • June

    Mendenhall is in no way supporting what bin laden did. He simply is saying think about how we are acting right now. He will be judged by GOD and GOD only. This is no way for the children of GOD to act. Try celebrating JESUS death and not the damn easter bunny.

    • Joni

      He is not just commenting on “how we are acting now”. He also says “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”
      HEARD ONE SIDE???? All we heard was the sound of 3,000 people dying on planes, buildings, jumping from buildings. We heard how elated he was that the mission went so well.
      Not sure what his side of the story is…..hmmm.

  • Jim Kienzle

    His comments raise a difficult issue for Christians. We all thirst for justice, but true forgiveness as Christ taught is very difficult.
    I was horrified by the celebrations in the Middle East in the streets after 9/11 to our 3000 deaths myself. Rashard comes off as a reasonable, thoughtful man. I think the limited forum of Twitter lends itself to quick, incomplete statements that ate easily misunderstood.

    • Oscar E. Valencia

      David is being persecuted by King Saul who has ordered his death but given the opportunity David refuses to kill Saul, this brings prosperity to King David’s reign.
      Osama was a horrible man killing anyone just to kill out of anger and revenge, for us our government it should tell us to be very cautious as to who we associate ourselves with, unfortunately corporations continue to dictate American governmnet decisions and it is not very visionary or thoughtful, unfortunately decisions are made based on dollars and voting prospects, it seems no matter if Istrael is just or unjust against its neighbors American politicians will vote to be on side of Israel to get Jewish vote, this is wrong, in addition we give Israel billions of dollars in aid.

  • dobbie

    If all of us were punished for things we said, there would be none of us left;give him a break,our armed forces fight for our free epeech..

  • jerseyjoey

    Oh he is a idiot, with a brain the size of a peanut, yes he said some dopy tweets and yes he should be more careful in how he states his opinion. BUt that is as far as it goes, only a communist low life liberal lemming piece of septic sludge would say that he is wrong in saying his opinion, its just an opinion period, i could care less if he snorts coke with satan and parties with bin ladens youngest daughter, its his opinion. My God if you morron people have it your way opinions will be a felony and freedom of speech lost, like i said a democrat chips away at our rights and a liberal just wants tpo do away with them alltogether, grow up you thin skinned weaklings and grow a pair, i say what i want and you can go kissmyarse if you dont like it, and thats my opinion Oh My Oh my.

    • GoodGrief

      gee, did you use a thesaurus to write such an intelligent and thoughtful post? Jerseyjoey you represent all the dimwits around the country who are not interested in understanding anything, but just in vengence and yelling USA! USA! like a bunch of mindless baboons.

      • Glidmokk

        GoodGrief if you read Joey’s comment carefully you will see that; he actually agrees with you – ROF!

  • Larry

    athletes should not be allowed to speak publicly……”.It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt” Abe Lincoln

    • Rob

      Really Larry, Mike? Should we all be held criminally responsible for ANYTHING we wish to say? I would think to be a True American Patriot, is to but support EVERY person’s liberty to state thier opinion! Just as you have come to this site and shared yours! Obviously, we can’t all agree with what the next person says, but I say these differences are what make this the Greatest Nation in which to live! God Bless America, AND the Liberties we uphold!

  • JJohnson

    I have no problem with what he is saying. He’s right.. we call ourselves a Christian nation. Well, what does that mean? It means to try to emulate Jesus. Jesus certainly would not celebrate the violent death of anyone, just as He forgave they who violently killed Him. Those who call themselves Christians must do the same, or else, yes , you are a hypocrite. But Americans generally don’t like to think too hard about most things, it’s not what we do well.

  • Gabriel Alves

    there is no doubt in my mind he is an ignorant jerk who hides behind the god thing

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