Steelers’ Mendenhall Loses Champion Contract After Osama Bin Laden Tweets

Steelers' Mendenhall Loses Champion Contract After Osama Bin Laden Tweets
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall is learning that getting millions for popping pads doesn’t give you carte blanche to pop off at the mouth — especially in seeming defense of a mass murderer and sworn enemy of the United States like Osama bin Laden.

Champion athletic apparel unceremoniously severed endorsement ties with Mendenhall almost immediately after the mindless Twitter fracas.

It was the apex of idiocy for any well-known personality to say, “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.”

This was not a treasonous statement, just a man being guilty of stupidity in the first degree. But then he went on to try to pontificate about 9/11 and the iconic World Trade Center and watched as his world collapse in on him: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

First of all, when it comes to the defense of this nation’s sovereignty, Americans are extremely emotional. So when you appear to give the benefit of the doubt to one of the world’s most notorious mass murderers, obviously the uproar is going to be vicious, immediate and unrelenting.
Secondly, this is the second time that Mendenhall has given refuge to questionable thoughts and statements in as many years. He is the one who actually defended NFL star running back Adrien Peterson when he said the owners were slave owners.

Thirdly, if anyone famous is going to make outlandish Twitter statements like that, they should be armed with solid proof to back up their utterances because of the torrential downpour of indignation that is sure to follow. I don’t think that Mendenhall took that into account.

He probably got swept up in the feverish barking of radicals and conspiracy theorists, and exemplifying supreme ignorance of the power of social media, typed his inflammatory remarks as soon as the words formed inside his sizeable cranium.

He didn’t learn from the cataclysmic damage Twitter rants wreaked on Chris Brown’s sinking reputation as well as other entertainers. But hopefully, other players and entertainers can learn from Mendenhall’s bubbleheaded statement. But we know they won’t.

terry shropshire

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