As most of us have probably seen either on the internet already or having experienced it first hand, Steelers runningback Rashard Mendenhall is causing a PR nightmare for the Steelers. When the news broke around 11:30pm EST this past Sunday evening about the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, most of the world was happy. Atleast from my vantage point.
I was on twitter when it broke and of course everybody was talking about it. From normal every day people to celebrities. Most were happy as I mentioned but some were not so happy or atleast more subdued. Mendenhall tweeted up some of the following that evening.
“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,” Mendenhall wrote, before adding his view on the Twin Towers attack.
“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
Steelers president Art Rooney II didn’t know what to make of Mendenhall’s comments.
“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,” Rooney said in a statement.
Mendenhall has caused controversy via his Twitter account in the past, agreeing with Vikings‘ running back Adrian Peterson‘s comment that compared the NFL labor situation to slavery in the lead up to the lockout.
Now, far be it from me to judge anyone. Whether or not you celebrated the death of Bin Laden is your choice, your right. Rashard is entitled to his own opinion as well. It’s quite obvious that is very religious and believes in his convictions. Celebrating “death” is a touchy subject even if it involves someone like Osama Bin Laden. Perhaps he misunderstood the rejoicing surrounding it, or perhaps he flat out disagrees. To each their own.
SteelerAddicts is not a political website and we certainly aren’t going to go down that road, opening up that can of worms if you will, to start talking politics. Regardless though, the Steelers public relations team probably got an instant migraine when they heard of the thoughts of Mendenhall.