Mendenhall – bin Laden Sympathizer Or Conversationalist?


CBS News Video

With the NFL lockout back on, players have a lot of time on their hands. Players have time to still hold unorganized workouts, polish their golf game, spend time with family, and for the recent draft picks, study their 900-page playbook, if in fact they were able to get their hands on one before the lockout was back on.

For the Steelers Rashard Mendenhall, he’s decided to focus his extra time and attention on creating a little fire storm with his recent tweets about U.S. special forces killing of Osama bin Laden.

If you missed his latest tweet(s) that have caused such a stir, here they are:

“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…”

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

These tweets brought reaction from Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II earlier today (Tuesday). In the statement, Rooney said, “I have not spoken with Rashard, so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments. 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.”

A very appropriate statement on behalf of the organization in my opinion, but leaves a little something to be desired. If not for the lockout, would the Steelers have punished Mendenhall with a fine? Will they punish Mendenhall with a fine once the lockout is lifted and off-season workouts and/or the season begins?

Think about it.

Are Mendenhall’s tweets a punishable offense? Is he not exercising his first amendment right of freedom of speech?

Some would say yes, in fact, some of you that called into the “Odd Couple” show last night did. Some also made the point that if Mendenhall would have criticized a referee, the Steelers or the NFL itself, he would have been fined and possibly suspended for comments or actions that could be deemed detrimental to the team. I read a text last night, that asked the question, why is Mendenhall being ripped for his comments/tweets, philosophers ask questions all the time?


Mendenhall label’s himself as a “conversationalist and professional athlete” on his twitter account.  At the end of this post, you decide, conversationalist or sympathizer?

More tweets from Mendenhall followed:

“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?”

“There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to think.”

This is not the first time Mendenhall has made controversial statements via twitter. Earlier this year, in March, Mendenhall agreed with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson when he compared the NFL to “modern-day slavery”. Mendenhall then tweeted, “Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other.”

While these opinions of Mendenhall’s are certainly not popular, are they punishable? Should he suffer the consequences?

I’ll ask you. What consequences? Consequences for stating your opinion? Isn’t that just one of the things that makes living in this country great, and having the freedom to speak our minds?

We all say dumb things. I say dumb things every single night I’m on the radio, but I own it. That’s what Mendenhall has to do now, and I’d assume that he absolutely will. Because that’s who he is, that’s what kind of person he is, and the tweets that have caused a bit of an uproar, is what he believes.

Think about it.

I Look forward to having this discussion with you on the “Odd Couple” show tonight!

More from The Odd Couple
  • Victor

    These statements should be taken in the proper context. The primary argument or thought is not to advance a conspiracy theory. Mendenhalll appears to be speaking based on his faith as it relates to how God views judging versus how humans judge.

  • MarioD

    As a Christian’s belief goes, Mendenhall is probably right on when he says there is only one judge and how would God feel, BUT he must understand the human nature of satisfaction and vengence on the death of Bin Ladin. He doesn’t have to agree or accept the elation that this country feels, but on the flip side he must understand that others have the right to disagree with his comments. That being said, I served this country for 22 years as a U.S. Marine, and I have to say that my Patriotism, my Love for this Country and my reasons for serving were to protect the freedoms and rights afforded to us by our constitution. The fact that someone makes an asinine remark, is irrelevant, it just means this person needs to do a little more research, be more understanding and then make an educated statement, based on facts and not emotions. Bottom line is he has a right to make his statements, we don’t have to like it or agree with it, just respect the fact that he has a right to say it. But if I am asked what I think… I think Mendenhall is a Moron for some or part of his statement, and it’s ot the God part of it.

  • Joyce D. Senf

    I feel Mendenhall’s needs his mouth wash out with soap. What Bin Laden ordered to be done to innocent lives, he definitely deserves what he received. I have been a Steelers fan for over 50 years and he is a disgrace to the team. I realize he has freedom of speech but he needs to think before opening his moronic mouth. Young people look up to professionals and they need to be a good example not what he has displayed. I certainly hope the fans don’t forget what he said, I certainly won’t…

  • Lorene Tynette

    Mendenhall is correct in his musings. American’s need to begin to think for themselves. Our leadership is corrupt and morally bankrupt and we as a people give them power when we refuse to question their actions and talk down modern thinkers.

  • Lorene Tynette

    Evil succeeds when good men refuse to open their eyes and see reality. Evil also succeeds when men and machines are used to shield evil men and their evil actions. I really don’t feel that God should have mercy on your soul, but Jesus prayed for the men that were used to crucify Him, so for that reason alone, I’ll pray for the souls of men who seek to hide the pedophile activities of former President’s George HW Bush and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger.

  • Lorene Tynette

    These men, Donald Rumsfeld and so many others should be branded criminals and they should be hunted down and arrested. The names written have for the last 25 years come up, over and over and over and over again regarding their involvement in child pedophile rings in Nebraska and Washington, D.C. and their involvement in Monarch, MK Ultra mind control programs, Project Pegasus and the Circle of the Black Rose and Bohemian Grove, and satanic ritualistic child murder sacrifices AND making SNUFF films. Seriously, this is off the wall lunatic stuff that our nations past and present leaders are involved in. Please look into this America.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Watch Now: Live Video & Video Highlights

Listen Live