Twitter meltdown: Mendenhall seems to defend Bin Laden

What was Rashard Mendenhall thinking? Clearly, he wasn't. (AP photo)

What was Rashard Mendenhall thinking? Clearly, he wasn't. (AP photo)

When the NFL lockout ends, Rashard Mendenhall may have to find a rec league in Pakistan to find his next job.

Mendenhall, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back, has suffered a meltdown on Twitter, all but defending Osama Bin Laden at a time when most of the rest of the world is celebrating his death.

While we can’t confirm @R_Mendenhall that it is actually Mendenhall Tweeting. But it is a “verified” account, he is being followed by several teammates and there’s no report of his account being hacked.

So how do you explain these Tweets?

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– 5:29 p.m.: “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…”

– 5:37 p.m.: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style”

–6:28 p.m.: “For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell and piss on his ashes, I ask how would God feel about your heart?”

–6:29 p.m.: “There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to #think”

It’s certainly acceptable to debate American foreign policy decisions. But this is way over the line given Bin Laden’s well-chronicled terrorist activities, particularly the 9/11 attacks. The irony here is that because there’s a lockout, no Steelers’ employee (including general manager or coach) can even have contact with Mendenhall.

In his Twitter profile, Mendenhall describes himself as: “Conversationalist and Professional Athlete.”

Well, he just started a conversation. But this is one he’s going to lose.

By Jeff Schultz

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276 comments Add your comment

CONservative Johnson

May 2nd, 2011
10:48 pm

mmgtfan

May 2nd, 2011
10:48 pm

CONservative Johnson

May 2nd, 2011
10:48 pm

I figured I’d just follow the other sheep . . .

mmgtfan

May 2nd, 2011
10:49 pm

Kane337

May 2nd, 2011
10:49 pm

Wow what a dumb*$$.

Barkin'Dog

May 2nd, 2011
10:49 pm

Agreed, Jeff… but consider the source. He’s been brainwashed by conspiracy theorists.

WWJD

May 2nd, 2011
10:52 pm

I don’t think it is only Mendenhall who feels like celebrating death is a bit odd.

Watching the clebrations reminded me a lot of the celebrations in Afghanistan and Iraq the day the WTT fell.

I hardly think he is saying Bin Laden may be innocent, I just think he is stating his opinion that this should be a day of somber mourning and remembrance, as well as a day of relief that closure has been brought to so many. He just doesn’t feel the party atmosphere is as appropriate as it seems.

And as far as his conspiracy theories, he is certainly not alone in that.

I agree he picked a bad day to state his opinions, but I wouldn’t read too much into it. This is a non-story.

dahlonega

May 2nd, 2011
10:54 pm

crap, they have infiltrated the nfl now.

TheDorkBaller

May 2nd, 2011
10:56 pm

Well, there is a ton of evidence of controlled demolition.
But yeah, over 3000 people were killed as a result of a terrorist.

pat

May 2nd, 2011
10:56 pm

Mendenhall is a moron no matter how you slice it. I hope my comments are understood but I don’t care if they’re not.

I wish our SEALS could have captured and tortured Osama for 58 straight days. I’m talking brutal. Seriously.

This Pakistan issue just took on a whole new meaning. Buckle up and cross your fingers our next President has testicles.

adolph hitler

May 2nd, 2011
10:57 pm

Osama: see you in hell my friend!

Boston Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
10:58 pm

Should we stand in the streets chanting “USA!” I think not. Mendenhall has a point–we shouldn’t celebrate death even though we all know the world is better off without Bin Laden. However, I don’t quite understand when he says, “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”

I think Bin Laden’s side is pretty well documented.

One man’s opinion…now move on.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 2nd, 2011
10:58 pm

It’s quite a stretch to go from saying you shouldn’t celebrate death (a reasonable point of view) and 9/11 was a conspiracy (a relatively crazy point of view) to defending Bin Laden (an insane point of view). I see where he did the first two; I don’t see where he did the third.

Listen First

May 2nd, 2011
10:58 pm

Not that I agree with him but there are legions of people who believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy born in this country, not overseas. It’s stupid but go to youtube and type 9/11 conspiracy into search. Even after bin Laden took pride in admitting it people still railed on. Don’t make it all about Mendenhall. Pearl Harbor conspiracists continue to this day! It’s ingrained in the psyche….or is it?

glw

May 2nd, 2011
11:00 pm

He’s not saying he is mourning Bin Laden passing. I feel very similar to him, in that we are in the streets celebrating blowing up someone. That seems a bit odd to me too.

waynester

May 2nd, 2011
11:00 pm

He’s not saying anything you couldn’t hear any day in certain quarters. Plenty of people don’t believe the accepted version of those events.His assessment of what hatred does to the human spirit is sadly evident and everyone could use a good dose of introspection every now and then. Thank G-d we live in a moderately free environment where we can usually say what we think without losing our jobs or getting killed for it. Let’s don’t ever swap Liberty for security….

Charles

May 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

It’s his comment insinuating that somehow the towers falling is a conspiracy and not the work of the plane/s that I take umbrage with. You have to be a complete idiot to say something like that. His comments about people celebrating being a bit over the top I can actually see, not necessarily agree with…but that’s reasonable. But the comment at 5:37 is puzzling. What was this dude’s wonderlic?

5150 UOAD

May 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

TAP TAP U R DEAD!!!!!!!
F….. OSAMA!!!
BUSH told you WE would KILL you, and OBAMA said WE would KILL you.
Instead of Duck Duck Goose. The children’s game will be called ” TAP TAP your Head SEAL TEAM 6 says U R DEAD.

CLINTON (I lied too--so what)

May 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

I can understand his feeling about not celebrating a death but to be so gullible and full of hate as to believe in a conspiracy theory about 911 is unforgivable. The people trying to attach President Bush to the 911 attack are as pathetic as the people trying to attach Pres Obama to blowing up the oil rig so as to end off shore drilling. Both parties are only demonstating their unfounded hatred.

olddawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

HE MAY BE WRONG IN HIS STATEMENTS, BUT AS AN AMERICAN HE HAS THAT RIGHT TO SPEAK . FREEDOM ALSO MEANS FREEDOM OF SPEACH AND THOUGHT . WE DONT HAVE A THOUGHT POLICE IN THE USA THIS IS NOT NAZI GERMANY . MY GRANDFATHER, WWI MY DAD WWII, MYSELF AND BROTHER VIETNAM, MY SON NOW, HAVE ALL FOUGHT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY HAS THAT RIGHT.

realistically speaking

May 2nd, 2011
11:03 pm

After watching people sing and dance in the street last night, I felt exactly the same as Mendenhall….we’re better that that!

5150 UOAD

May 2nd, 2011
11:04 pm

TAP TAP U R D.AD!!!!!!!
F….. O.AMA!!!
BUSH told you WE would K.LL you, and O.AMA said WE would K.LL you.
Instead of Duck Duck Goose. The children’s game will be called ” TAP TAP your Head SEAL TEAM 6 says U R D.AD.

the truth...

May 2nd, 2011
11:05 pm

Morons…Mendenhall of course is one…and you dorks on this blog that agree with him are maybe worse than he is…..so Mendenhall wouldn’t have celebrated Hitler’s death???

Mendenhall is just one more idiot from professional sports…ignorant fools many of them so who cares about them…???

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!!!

Boston Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:06 pm

How many blogs are you going to post that on, 5150 UOAD?

pat

May 2nd, 2011
11:06 pm

I respect you, olddawg.

waynester

May 2nd, 2011
11:07 pm

realistically
We should certainly strive to be. There’s no doubt the man deserved death but there’s little to celebrate given the situation….

Boston Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:07 pm

Wow BravesFan–anti-semite much? You sound like a completely reasonable fellow. Now go away.

olddawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:07 pm

IF WE AS A PEOPLE DENY HIM THOSE RIGHTS THEN WE ARE AS NARROW MINDED AS THOSE WE DECRY

S'paw_99

May 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

I agree w/ WWJD, I don’t think he’s trying to defend Osama, he’s just trying to say don’t celebrate death, it’s not going to be well received. He probably should just keep his mouth shut.

Hey Olddawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

Hey Olddawg! Know how we know you’re old? BECAUSE YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS LIKE AND OLD DAWG!

perk

May 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

Benjamin

May 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

Mendenhall’s got a right to his beliefs, and seems more interested in the “Are we too aggressive in foreign policy?” tack rather than “Osama is my hero!” line of thinking. I don’t know if this is truly a big deal, in other words, and he’s certainly got the freedom to say what he thinks without fear of [real] persecution.

Does it make it right that he feels comfortable taking it to a bigger audience? No, not really, but a lot of people feel like he does on some levels. I’m just glad we live in a country where people can say such stuff and not wind up in prison or disappear altogether hours later…

pat

May 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

BravesFan, I hope your kidding.?.?.?

NFL Doc Mercer 101 on Bin Laden

May 2nd, 2011
11:09 pm

Benjamin

May 2nd, 2011
11:10 pm

Truth be told, I even outright agree with his third tweet, the one referencing God…

Charles

May 2nd, 2011
11:10 pm

BravesFan…it literally frightens me that people like you exist. You are a bonafide moron.

PaBowHunter

May 2nd, 2011
11:10 pm

I’ve been a Steelers fan for my entire life, but after this comment I will not watch this god damn team until this idiot is gone. I suffered through Rooney supporting Obama for President all while stating that he wanted the sale of the Steelers to be completed before Obama was elected so that he could avoid the higher taxes. I despised the fact that this billionaire would vote for this man and attempt to avoid paying the higher taxes that he knew Obama would raise.
And now we have this mental midget making ridiculous statements like this? I’m done with this football team until I see a clear and concise return to the values of mainstream Americans. I know….I know…he has the right to say whatever he wants. Yes he does. And I have the right to never watch this freakin team until he is gone.
Rashard you disgust me. You are a simple minded fool who cannot make simple observations of the obvious. Hear the other side of Bin Laden? Shut the fu&$ up moron.

Peyton

May 2nd, 2011
11:11 pm

In complete honesty, I do agree with Mendenhall, we shouldn’t celebrate death. What Bin Laden did was absolutely terrible, and he’ll receive his personal judgment as we receive ours.
What I definitely will defend is that Mendenhall wasn’t pushing bin laden positively, but merely pointing out that as Americans we should rejoice in that we have closure and that the threat as far as bin laden is concerned is addressed.
But we shouldn’t rejoice over another mans death, Biblicaly speaking God will also judge our heart, in which Rashard pointed out and I also concur. September 11th was a tragic day, in which, many loved ones were lost. But we need to move on from that because we can’t change the past, but do our best as a whole to move forward. Not many of the deceased would be urging us to harbor hate over another man, because we need to show love.

James Adams

May 2nd, 2011
11:11 pm

How many different screen names is Rosie O’Donnell going to go under tonight?

“Go sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here.”

Yikes!

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2011
11:11 pm

BravesFan — If you post anything remotely close to that again, you’re banned.

lol

May 2nd, 2011
11:11 pm

needless to say, apology or “you were reading into what i said wrong” coming in 3-2-1

i’m guessing it’ll happen tuesday .. at the latest

This Gets Old!

May 2nd, 2011
11:11 pm

Read a book about Pearl Harbor and in it you’ll find either a rebuttal or attempt to reinforce conspiracy. In fact…maybe he didn’t tweet it himself at all. Could there be a second tweeter?

2BT

May 2nd, 2011
11:13 pm

Jeff, you’ve now officially replaced Terrence Moore as the worst journalist the AJC has or had to offer. This man just offered his educated (questionable) opinions BUT they are HIS OPINIONS and I assure you that he is damn proud to be an American. There is absolutely no story here and he’ll be just fine. On a scale of 1-10 in the respect meter – I’ve held you at the 10 level whenever we’ve ‘blogged’ together but you are seriously reaching for NOTHING here and you are better than this! Times must be slow at the AJC. Hopefully, another UGA football player speeds on a scooter in downtown Athens or another Tech player is caught acting strangely near The Flats after midnight or failing a class to give you a column worth writing. Again, you’re a gifted writer who is better than this. Take some days off!

realistically speaking

May 2nd, 2011
11:13 pm

Btw…this hardly constitutes a meltdown Jeff….smh

Boston Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
11:13 pm

Thank you Mr. Schultz.

CLINTON (I lied too--so what)

May 2nd, 2011
11:14 pm

Braves fan Seems you have a negative feeling about Jews.. These people don’t control the world because if they did the world would not be in a position to destroy them. How do you feel about the courage that Hitler had in murdering so many of these Jews. Is Hitler and Osama your only two heroes or do you respect all murderers throughout history. Jack the Ripper?

Jeff Schultz

May 2nd, 2011
11:14 pm

OldDawg — Yes, he does have a right to say anything he wants. And I have a right to call him a complete idiot. That’s the way it works.

krystyna

May 2nd, 2011
11:14 pm

These comments combined with his “football parallels slavery” comments are just way too much! He sounds like someone a little out of touch with reality……lol….he can say what he wants….and …..I can think he’s crazy…lol…… freedom of speech

Supes

May 2nd, 2011
11:15 pm

Mendenhall has the RIGHT to be an IDIOT…There I said it…freedom of speech and all!

5150 UOAD

May 2nd, 2011
11:15 pm

He never went to a funeral in New Orleans then. KIDDING. I agree you don’t CELEBRATE a DEATH. We Celebrate the LIFE of a person. Well, as an American there is nothing about to OSAMA’s life to celebrate. I sure am celebrating his DEATH.
SEAL TEAM says 6 TAP TAP your M…F…ing HEAD. You are DEAD.