NFL > Steelers Rashard Mendenhall Provides Clarity on Contoversial Bin Laden Comments


~ Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has found himself in the news thanks to controversial remarks that came from his twitter account about the recent current events regarding Osama Bin Laden and 9/11.

On skepticism regarding the notion that hijacked planes took down the World Trade Center, Mendenhall’s twitter gave this tweet:

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

 That tweet has since been removed from Mendenhall’s twitter and the Steelers have released a statement on their team website which seperates their organization from the comments Mendenhall has made.

“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.” … Art Rooney II, Steelers President

The Steelers did what they had to do by distancing themselves from Mendenhall’s comments. It’s not any of our place to pass judgement on him. He’s entitled to his opinion. However, it is another example of professional athletes putting themselves in difficult situations with the use of social networks.

Mendenhall did take a step forward recently by posting comments onto his blog titled “Clarification” where he apologized to anyone he offended.

To view the blog post you can CLICK HERE

 The public backlash came quickly once news of the tweets became a headline. Mendenhall could very well have put his job in jeopardy. I’ve seen some make the case of Freedom of Speech and the Ben Rothlisberger’s legal problems and valid points were made when it comes to those points. Hopefully Mendenhall can learn from this and move forward. I don’t think his comments were made to offend, however perception can indeed be reality. Especially when the media gets a hold of it.

 Mendenhall also put his teammates in a awkward position as well as the fact that his team is located in one of the states where lives were lost on 9/11. As a professional, he has to know better and these athletes must do a better job of handling these social networks. They have to realize that every word they tweet or post is going to be put under a microscope by someone. It’s either that or risk losing their careers or prestige with their fans.

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Additional Information: Pro Football Talk

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