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?
– 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