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On Monday, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall raised eyebrows with some controversial remarks regarding Osama bin Laden.  Mendenhall also expressed doubt regarding whether a plane could cause a skyscraper to collapse.

The remarks created enough of a stir to prompt Steelers owner Art Rooney, II, to issue a statement via the team’s official website.

Which has caused the story to become even larger.

Mendenhall’s name has been “trending” on Twitter for at least the last two hours, which means that he is being mentioned in enough Twitter messages to put him among the most-referenced words and phrases in the nation.  The extent to which his views on bin Laden and 9/11 will continue to draw attention isn’t known, but we’ve got a feeling the furor won’t be dying down soon.

And so, as we pointed out on today’s edition of PFT Live (shame on you if you missed it), the Steelers likely won’t be dumping Mendenhall in the immediate future, especially if the lockout wipes out any chance of getting a replacement ready for 2011.  But Mendenhall plays a position that is among the most interchangeable in pro football, and if the Steelers decide to move on, it won’t be impossible to find a new tailback.

This isn’t a matter of free speech, a right that we respect, honor, and cherish.  It’s about business, and football players are in the entertainment business.  For the same reasons that actors and singers sometimes find themselves vilified for making unpopular political comments, athletes can suffer the same fate.  The difference, of course, is that athletes rarely make politically inflammatory statements.

Mendenhall has, on a very sensitive topic at a very unfortunate time.  The mere fact that Rooney felt compelled to respond so quickly confirms that it’s a big deal.  How big of a deal it becomes will be a big factor in the Steelers’ ultimate decisions regarding their former first-round pick.

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164 Responses to “Mendenhall remarks grow legs”
  1. jmphinsfan says: May 3, 2011 2:26 PM

    …stupid is as stupid does…

  2. farmmbig says: May 3, 2011 2:27 PM

    The Dixie Chicks agree with you.

  3. geeeeemen says: May 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    first he humps roethlisberger on the field, now this?

  4. buckfigben says: May 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    Please….it’s the steelers. Fans will cry foul, trash him now, say all the right things and then come Sept 11, they will be cheering for him and wearing his jerseys, talking about having second chances. They already cheer for a rapist, and a guy that beat his girlfriend….this is nothing for them. He’ll be a fan favorite.

  5. dfinpds says: May 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    Maybe this moron should join the marines and find out what really is possible when he is stationed in afghanistan??????

  6. madenatewell says: May 3, 2011 2:31 PM

    I really have nothing good to say about this bum.

  7. duanethomas says: May 3, 2011 2:32 PM

    Just a stupid uniformed statement and I am not interested in the tearful P.R. department written apology. Let him stand by his words and deal/suffer with the consequences. I’m happy there is a lockout now, he won’t have The Steelers to cover for his arse. Let’s see how him and his agent defend the statements….

  8. souldogdave says: May 3, 2011 2:33 PM

    Rashard’s distant cousin?

  9. derekjetersmansion says: May 3, 2011 2:34 PM

    Yeah, they’re running legs. And driving as far the hell away from his mouth.

  10. habsman says: May 3, 2011 2:35 PM

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Steelers were to release a player based on him using his right to free speech, while at the same time retaining the services of acccused rapists, wife beaters, and drug users?

  11. rooneyruleblues says: May 3, 2011 2:36 PM

    Yeah. The Rooneys employer of the two time rapist QB are not going to do anything to this guy. The Rooneys may be the most corrupt ownership family in american sports they will do nothing if it means losing a game.

  12. itsthemelman82 says: May 3, 2011 2:36 PM

    And he’ll just carry the rock for another team. If he reworded his tweets a bit differently, I’d have absolutely no problem voicing his opinion. As a New Yorker, I know the sensitivity of 9/11 but, I refuse to rejoice in someone’s death, even if it’s a bastard like Bin Laden.

  13. badscene322 says: May 3, 2011 2:37 PM

    I’m sure the fumble in the Super Bowl doesn’t help his case either….

  14. scoops1 says: May 3, 2011 2:37 PM

    Mr. Mendenhall… what you’ve just said … is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in twitter world is now dumber for having listened to you. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  15. tombradysbaby says: May 3, 2011 2:37 PM

    Oh he just needs to find Jesus like his QB did, and all will be forgiven.

  16. acerockefellar says: May 3, 2011 2:38 PM

    INb4 he changes his name to Muhammed Mendenhall

  17. dallascowboysfanatic says: May 3, 2011 2:39 PM

    maybe next time ray lewis will end his career not just his season. this guy is the definition of a moron

  18. argel830 says: May 3, 2011 2:39 PM

    If Mendenhall loses his job over tweeting something that is hardly a theory that has never been expounded on before by plenty of other Americans, then the ‘war on terror’ was a total waste of time.

    Plus whilst I think the world may be a slightly safer place without OBL, there’s nobody whose death I would ever actively cheer. I’m not a christian, I’m not a muslim, I’m a human being. He might not have had the same compassion for me, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let him claim the moral high ground on me.

  19. cosmos66 says: May 3, 2011 2:39 PM

    PLeaseeeeeee, Big Ben and his antics lately with underage girls. The Steelers did nothing about that, why would they do anything about Mendenhall??

  20. commoncents says: May 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    He’s an idiot but is this a big enough offense to dump the guy? Curiously, what are his views on evolution? Is he related to Carl Evrett?

  21. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    What an idiot. I wonder when his, “you took me out of context” or “that isn’t what I meant, you are twisting my words” speech will come out.

  22. Slackmo says: May 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    Najeh Davenport was seen climbing out of Mendenhall’s bedroom window last night. I’ll bet Dookie left him a “message”.

  23. tom35mt says: May 3, 2011 2:41 PM

    His tweets are just as shocking as D. Trump’s doubts about Obama’s birth certificate.

    The difference is there are people in America who want to see Trump in the White House

    Mendehall just wants to play football.

  24. hobartbaker says: May 3, 2011 2:41 PM

    Popeyes is truculent and outspoken. He y’am what he y’am.

  25. dietrich43 says: May 3, 2011 2:43 PM

    Tomlin’s already said that he plans to run Mendenhall unit his legs fall off. Don’t be surprised if they run him hard this year, trade him in the offseason when he’s got one year left on his rookie deal. A few more years of heavy usage, he’s going to have a short career anyway.

    They are entertainers, and while they have the freedom to speak their mind, the public has the freedom to ignore and despise them. A lot of celebrities forget that.

    The Rooneys have made it clear that only a franchise QB will have his off the field transgressions forgiven.

  26. rangenius says: May 3, 2011 2:45 PM

    You people are really idiots, why should troops risk their lives if our fellow citizens will crack down on us for free speech and opinions.

    Instead of being sheep, why not question your Government?

    It’s bad enough we have gotten to the point that we allow them to tax almost half of our damn salaries!

  27. rangenius says: May 3, 2011 2:47 PM

    You losers want to take a job away from a guy for expressing his opinion? This is really turning into Nazi Germany.

  28. tkebean says: May 3, 2011 2:49 PM

    Who cares what he said. He is using the right of free speech to say what he wants. I’ve heard plenty of people question the celebration of the death of man, even one as evil as bin laden. As far as the WTC buildings crashing down, maybe he just watched to much Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory. Personally I don’t doubt the planes crashed the WTC buildings but I do doubt that a plane hit a pentagon. If you don’t think the government lies to you then you are way more dumb and more naive than mendenhall.

  29. rustydangler says: May 3, 2011 2:52 PM

    Why is everyone so offended? Its probably holds more truth than anything the US gov. has told you. Do you really believe those turbans planned that? Just like the fact they caught BinLaden, but they dumped him in the ocean before releasing any pictures or showing his body. AHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHH
    Only an American would believe garbage like that. Might as well say they found out Jesus was from the US LOL.

  30. domehead says: May 3, 2011 2:52 PM

    Good thing he went to college.

  31. goforthanddie says: May 3, 2011 2:53 PM

    LeBitchitis claims another victim.

  32. giggetygiggety says: May 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    @scoops1

    LMAO!!!!!!

  33. bamasucks says: May 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    the NFL is part of the entertainment industry? wouldn’t that make the players entertainers and/or icons?

    still waiting on someone to accuse Cam Newton of stealing Mendenhall’s laptop and hacking his Twitter account.

  34. glen1904 says: May 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    Mendenhall is not the ONLY American who believes there is more than what we are being told about 9/11.
    This war is not over, my brother in law is due back in weeks from Afghanistan and we still have men over there. Drinking, waiving flags and partying in the street is for the end of wars not when were still there, just antagonizing retaliation. I think its selfish not to consider them and the job they are doing for us over there in harms way just so people here can party.

  35. scudbot says: May 3, 2011 2:54 PM

    The probability that NFL partner/slave Mendenhall becomes a J-E-T, Bungle or Purple Drankster just went up.

  36. lennydpocketqb says: May 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    I don’t really care what a football player thinks about politics, music, food, or anything for that matter. What Mendy needs to be worried about is how the Steelers had an opportunity to beat Green Bay and butterfingers fumbled the ball. Was that the only issues the Steelers had in that day? No. However, Medenhall’s fumble was that teams last gasp at Super Bowl glory. They were driving down the field and he could have been the diffence maker. Dude needs to focus on football and not every conspiracy theory on the interwebs.

  37. nflsucker says: May 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    The clever thing would be for him to blame it on concussions. I might believe that over someone actually being that dumb.

  38. clintonportisheadd says: May 3, 2011 2:58 PM

    He needs to make an immediate apology via his agent and/or twitter and then shut up and go away.

    In a few weeks no one will remember it was a story.

  39. skoobyfl says: May 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    The boy is about as sharp as a bag of wet mice.

  40. captainwisdom8888 says: May 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    It is the American way(and human instinct) to conform to popular opinion on any subject. Many WEAK individuals who may share some of his opinions would more soon jump on the bandwagon they see the other 99% of the population on…BECAUSE IT IS SAFE. By no means am I agreeing with Mendenhall, but I choose to respect his opinions because he clearly had the balls (NOT a lack of a brain) to express what he thought to millions of people who he knew felt otherwise.

    I HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR A MAN WHO VOICES HIS TRUE OPINION THAN THOSE WHO AGREE WITH POPULAR BELIEF…SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS POPULAR.

    Bin Laden possessed an extraordinary amount of hate for our nation and he acted upon that hate, and in my opinion he deserved to die. Though, I will not celebrate his death with a smile from ear-to-ear like you see our fellow Americans doing in the streets, BECAUSE THAT ONLY COMPOUNDS THE HATE ALREADY RAMPANT IN OUR WORLD.

  41. Steeler's Will says: May 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    Nothing gets page hits like a story involving the Steelers ;)

  42. citizenstrange says: May 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    I seriously wonder how long it will be before “no tweeting” clauses will be written into players contracts.

  43. rc33 says: May 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    I see zero similarity in Trump having “birther” doubts, started by Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the primaries, and a guy claiming we need to hear “Bin Laden’s side of the story” in a scenario where 3000 Americans died.

  44. TurdSandwich says: May 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    I hate The Steelers and I think Mendenhall is wrong, but this is America – Freedom of Speech.
    Next story.

  45. opaug says: May 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    cosmos66 says:
    May 3, 2011 2:39 PM
    PLeaseeeeeee, Big Ben and his antics lately with underage girls. The Steelers did nothing about that, why would they do anything about Mendenhall??

    ———————————————-

    Unfortunately, it’s probably because Big Ben has helped the Steelers win a championship.

    And what’s lost in everything is the fact Art Rooney is a US Ambassador and probably feels an obligation to stand up for political statements such as this.

  46. koch23jk says: May 3, 2011 3:02 PM

    scoops1 says:
    May 3, 2011 2:37 PM
    Mr. Mendenhall… what you’ve just said … is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in twitter world is now dumber for having listened to you. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    —————————-
    Great “Billy Madison” reference, love it!

  47. herlies says: May 3, 2011 3:02 PM

    Clay Matthews must have jarred something loose that hasn’t quite settled yet.

  48. techstar25 says: May 3, 2011 3:02 PM

    Most architects and engineers don’t believe a plane brought down those buildings either. I’m talking about years-of-experience, graduate level education, tops in their field, well respected, journal published engineers and architects.

  49. dccowboy says: May 3, 2011 3:02 PM

    I think people are getting a little overboard about this.

    Was it stupid? Yes. Should the guy get cut because of it. No.

  50. rowdymon says: May 3, 2011 3:03 PM

    The conspiracy theory I’d like to see is the entire O line “missing” their assignments for just one play…

  51. meso0rnery says: May 3, 2011 3:04 PM

    tom35mt says: May 3, 2011 2:41 PM

    His tweets are just as shocking as D. Trump’s doubts about Obama’s birth certificate.

    The difference is there are people in America who want to see Trump in the White House

    Mendehall just wants to play football.
    ———————————————————-
    I don’t want Trump in the White House, but the official pdf file from the White House’s website has been altered. There is absolutely no doubt about that. I’m not saying that Obama was not born in the US, but there is no doubt that his birth certificate was altered. I downloaded it straight from the White House’s website, and opened it in Adobe Illustrator. The idiot that edited the file, forgot to flatten the layers in Photoshop. Therefore, when you release the clipping mask in Illustrator, it reveals the layers. Anyone here use Illustrator? Be my guest and test it for yourself. If it were a true copy, it would just be a scan of the original, making it a jpeg or tiff file.

  52. hedleykow says: May 3, 2011 3:05 PM

    I didn’t think it was possible, but Mendenhall might have found a way to upstage Trump in his ongoing bid for the jackwagon of the year award.

  53. titansfan says: May 3, 2011 3:05 PM

    The only reason that people are up in arms over this is because of the timing. If he would have made these comments a week ago, they would have hardly caused a blip on the radar of the news cycle.

    So he subscribes to a particular conspiracy theory. So what? Would you all be this upset if he said that Oswalt didn’t shoot Kennedy? Give me a break. It’s not like he said that he hates America, or the armed forces – he merely questioned a popularly held belief.

  54. motobus says: May 3, 2011 3:06 PM

    There are a lot of people who believe in the 9/11 loose change conspiracy (the government planned demolition of the twin towers, attacking the pentagon) and Mendenhall seems to be one of them, as revealed by his first tweet:

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

    Personally, I think the conspiracy is completely idiotic but you can’t stop people from believing what they will.

    When you look at it from the perspective that he believes the american government to be behind the 9/11 attacks then the comments are comprehendable. There are MILLIONS of people who believe in this conspiracy, idiocy not withstanding. Walk down the street in front of the White House or anywhere near a military base and you’ll meet some of them. He just happens to be an athlete with a following on twitter.

  55. mjt7899 says: May 3, 2011 3:06 PM

    it amazes me how you can be called an idiot for questioning a goverment who instead of put the people in wall street in jail they bail them out with our tax dollars . Mendenhall is the idiot though you people kill me!!!!!!

  56. Mike Tomlin says: May 3, 2011 3:07 PM

    Im confused as to why the same story was posted for a second time. You made it sound like Rooney made a new statement, then linked it to the article that you wrote an hour ago.

    I guess times are tough for everyone employed by the NFL during the lockout…

  57. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 3:07 PM

    so much ignorance and hate on this page. don’t know how many people on here are Christian, judging from your comments i’m assuming almost none of you are. but here you go

    (Matthew 6:14-15) “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

  58. sterilizecromartie says: May 3, 2011 3:07 PM

    The part that really got him in trouble was the whole “how can someone hate bin laden?” statement he made. How can someone NOT hate him?!?

  59. saxmachine69 says: May 3, 2011 3:08 PM

    only an idiot would think this comment is worth letting him go over. People aren’t entitled to their own opinions anymore? If you don’t have herd mentality, you’re a bad person and don’t deserve to be on your team.

    Come on

  60. graham4jc says: May 3, 2011 3:10 PM

    tkebean – you doubt that a plane hit the pentagon? Seriously?

    I knew the AA employee who closed the door on the plane that went into the pentagon. She was in misery from having lost some friends and coworkers (flight attendants, pilots). I also personally was friends with an accountant who worked in the pentagon for years and who died on that day because of the airplane being flown into it.

    Some people just want to believe that the government pulls off big conspiracies. Makes them feel better. Fine – you have the freedom to think and say that. That said, it doesn’t mean you’re right.

  61. RussianBreadMaker says: May 3, 2011 3:10 PM

    Guy above me needs some mental help.

  62. billionsvsmillions says: May 3, 2011 3:11 PM

    Say what you wish Mendenhall, Run the ball, Score TD’s and help win games. Thats what your paid to do. In the meantime, say whatever the hell you want and let others judge you apon that. My judgement on you is your game play. Period.

  63. jtfris says: May 3, 2011 3:11 PM

    Don’t have to be very smart to play running back. Is Mendenhall a Jihadist?

  64. sj39 says: May 3, 2011 3:12 PM

    I’m with rangenius, I can’t believe how many of you will just blindly believe whatever the government tells you. You have been so conditioned that you believe having the TSA grope 6 year olds will keep you safe from those “al-kaidie terrust” that hate us for our freedom. This is a two party dictatorship and by not questioning the government and following like sheep you give up that same freedom. Not to mention your money through the obscene taxing he brings up.

  65. raiderluv says: May 3, 2011 3:13 PM

    They kept one idiot, why not keep two?

  66. tyode8 says: May 3, 2011 3:13 PM

    Sooooo I guess O.J. is innocent too?

  67. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 3, 2011 3:14 PM

    Another “partner” of the league that does nothing but embarress and cause damage to the owners, image, and fans.
    Pants on the ground wearing, non bill paying, gun shooting, dope dealing, dope using, vehicular manslaughter causing, Bin Laden loving pathetic players are a disgrace to the USA.

    Mendenhall should take his rear end over to the middle east and live, maybe he can find a football league there he can be a “partner” in

  68. thephantomstranger says: May 3, 2011 3:14 PM

    “Mendenhall remarks grow legs.”

    Now if only Mendenhall would grow a brain.

  69. dbellina says: May 3, 2011 3:14 PM

    Free-dumb of speech is a wonderful thing.

  70. wvuandsteelers says: May 3, 2011 3:14 PM

    Donald Trump is a Birther and Mendenhall is a Truther. There are plenty of people who share similar thoughts. Heck, I don’t believe a plane hit the Pentagon.

  71. eezyxyz says: May 3, 2011 3:15 PM

    “This isn’t a matter of free speech…”

    Yes, actually it is. And you, like many people, restrict free speech to opinions that are conventional and/or popular…which any intelligent person would recognize as NOT freedom of speech. Mendenhall is about to learn that in the US everybody has freedom of speech…as long as you keep your mouth shut when your opinion clearly differs from the majority.

  72. schmitty2 says: May 3, 2011 3:16 PM

    Adrian Peterson should probably take this guy out to dinner

  73. tjp2033 says: May 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    I know he has the right to free speech but maybe he should learn to keep his mouth shut on this topic. Thousands of people lost loved ones on that day. And many more became sick and died for helping the clean up in NYC.

    Bin Laden was the mastermind behind these attacks and Ill be damned to tell someone that they shouldn’t be happy that that scumbag was finally paid his justice. I cheered because there was finally some closure for those poor people that lost loved ones. There will never be full closure because they will never get their loved ones back but at least they got their “eye for an eye”.

    God Bless America!!!

  74. billionsvsmillions says: May 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    rooneyruleblues says:
    May 3, 2011 2:36 PM
    Yeah. The Rooneys employer of the two time rapist QB are not going to do anything to this guy. The Rooneys may be the most corrupt ownership family in american sports they will do nothing if it means losing a game.

    —- Hey Rooney Moron…. Your just as much a -two time rapist- as Ben is you fool. Do provide the facts that show Ben raped anyone. Good luck finding such water head. Steeler hating everywhere… thats a good thing.. shows Envy. Don’t copy and paste my remarks Rooney until you find the proof needed to convict Ben of anything other than public kangaroo court conviction due to jealousy that Ben kicks your teams a** over and over and over.

  75. ptbakery says: May 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    You know, Roethlisberger has been largely regarded as the dumbest player on the Steelers (Hell, I thought the whole NFL). Being educated in Illinois gave Mendenhall immediate credibility, but now he’s finally showing the thought process and lack of intelligence that usually only someone too stupid to wear a helmet while motorcycling is blessed with. Glad to see that Mendenhall has taken it upon himself to create some competition among the Super Bowl runner-ups!

  76. bleedgreen says: May 3, 2011 3:20 PM

    habsman says: May 3, 2011 2:35 PM

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Steelers were to release a player based on him using his right to free speech, while at the same time retaining the services of acccused rapists, wife beaters, and drug users?
    ————–

    Your right to free speech ONLY applies to persecution from THE GOVERNMENT. IE: you can’t be jailed for saying something.

    A PRIVATE company and PRIVATE citizens are free to do whatever they want if they don’t like or agree with what you say, including firing you.

  77. footballisking says: May 3, 2011 3:21 PM

    Mendenhall isnt going anywhere!!!!!apparently you wasted a pft segment and then 10 seconds it took to type that….even if the steelers had a full offseason in a non lockout situation there isnt any free agent running back as good as mendenhall the only one that even almost slightly compares is deangelo williams and the steelers wouldnt even be able to come close to what the dolphins will end up payin him….please refrain from even dropping future questions to if mendenhall is going anywhere…that is almost as bad as your logic that mallet is in new england to keep brady “sharp”

  78. timmons94 says: May 3, 2011 3:21 PM

    amen…someone with guts and a brain realize a plane can’t cause a tower built to withstand an airplane hitting it to collapse…How did building number 7 just fall down ???
    U morons need to quit believing everything Bush and Obama tell u..

  79. ezwriter69 says: May 3, 2011 3:21 PM

    Mr. Rooney, he’s wearing your jersey, spending your money, and representing you… cut him.
    Yes, he has every right to speak his mind, and it takes some guts actually to say such a thing at such a time, knowing full well as he HAD to know that this would make him public enemy number one.
    But an employer has every right to hire whomever he wants. If it means eating the remainder of his contract, so be it.
    But Mr. Rooney, if you let him wear your jersey and represent you ever again, it’s on YOU, and it’s about money… and you are far more cowardly and hypocritical than Mendenhall.

  80. timmons94 says: May 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    but hey, Ray Lewis can kill people, and Ravens fans still worship him and the bleach thrower

  81. billionsvsmillions says: May 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    cosmos66 says:
    May 3, 2011 2:39 PM
    PLeaseeeeeee, Big Ben and his antics lately with underage girls. The Steelers did nothing about that, why would they do anything about Mendenhall??

    —Cosmos you are a complete uneducated bafooon. Grab your Browns jersey and dream of Big Ben not being on the field to rape your team over and over. You do not punish innocence just because the public cries out due to the fact he wears black and gold. Get a clue you fool…

  82. dawgpoundking says: May 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    Everyone should question the Government. That’s what this country was founded on.

  83. yem123 says: May 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    what I found ironic is how he was talking like a pacifist, practically quoting Luke Ch. 7, which is great, more power to him….. but this after making sexually explicit comments about what to do with women! Something doesn’t add up. But then again, the NFL isn’t known for producing intellectual giants.

  84. bleedgreen says: May 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    graham4jc says: May 3, 2011 3:10 PM

    Some people just want to believe that the government pulls off big conspiracies. Makes them feel better. Fine – you have the freedom to think and say that. That said, it doesn’t mean you’re right.

    —————————-

    Agreed, but it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person for questioning. What I wanna know is, people on flight 93 supposedly used their cell phones to call people from the flight. How? An airplane moves too fast and to high for a cell phone to lock onto a tower. Ever leave your cell phone on against regulations and look at it in mid flight? You will have no service unless the plane has a sat connection.

  85. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: May 3, 2011 3:24 PM

    Say what you want about this big dummy, at least he fumbles on cue. Go Pack!

  86. totalfocus says: May 3, 2011 3:25 PM

    Conflating voicing an unpopular opinion with an alleged rape and spousal abuse is unbelievably mean spirited and unfair. Who amongst us has, or has wanted to, always run with popular opinion and/or belief?

  87. j0esixpack says: May 3, 2011 3:25 PM

    I don’t really care what Mendenahall thinks

    The important thing is that bin Laden has finally met his 72 virgins – and they all look like Al Davis in drag.

  88. notthekiller says: May 3, 2011 3:26 PM

    How can you call you self a Democratic State when you will not bring a perpitraitor of a crime to face a jury of his peers? Granted like 9/11 there are more questions then answers to this whole “killed Osama Bin Laden deal”. I honestly question has he really been killed? Where is the proof? How come they sent the body out to sea, instead of showing the world the proof? I guess what I am saying is more or less I agree with Mendenhall. When is aking question considered a bad thing? Hitler thought asking questions was bad as well!

  89. toddpearson says: May 3, 2011 3:33 PM

    I get so tired of people arguing “free speech”.

    The First Amendment protects you from being persecuted by the government for the content of your speech. Yet, some people seem to be under the impression that the First Amendment provides immunity for the real-life consequences of saying any stupid thing to anyone. (You can’t call your boss a pedophile out of spite, and then run and hide behind the First Amendment when you are fired.)

  90. kevpft says: May 3, 2011 3:35 PM

    Why is it okay to say anything that supports the status quo – yay troops, go America, kill ‘em all! – but not okay to say something that goes against the status quo – something that is not hate speech, not discriminatory, not illegal, not anything but a personal opinion, aspects of which are shared by thousands or even millions of other Americans?

    It’s interesting how many “champions of freedom” there are here scorning someone for exercising one of their most important rights.

  91. dolphindad says: May 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    its a little ironic football fans are destroying Mendenhall for conspiracy theories when most football fans are always coming up with conspiracy theories as to why their team lost. ex: “The NFL conpired with for the Steelers to lose the SuperBowl, that why the refs made that bad call.” or “The Patriots video-spied on us so we got beat in the AFC Championship game”

    we all do it.

  92. whatswiththehate says: May 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    Wow…you sports writers and bloggers are malicious as heck. Mendenhall should lose his job because he questioned people’s reaction to the killing of Bin Laden.

    I’m looking at the news right now and there are many who share Mendenhall’s viewpoint, including celebrities. For you to say that it’s not about freedom of speech, well then what is it when you take a guys twitt out of context and use it to inflame hate. What are you doing that is any different that what you’re accusing Mendenhall of doing.

    You sports folks never apologize for anything you say. You intentionally incite hate at every turn then hide behind your rights but you seem quick to want to take away the rights of these athletes.

    Are you really that jealous of them.

  93. olskool711 says: May 3, 2011 3:36 PM

    “This isn’t a matter of free speech, a right that we respect, honor, and cherish.”

    You can say this, but:

    “For the same reasons that actors and singers sometimes find themselves vilified for making unpopular political comments, athletes can suffer the same fate.”

    “But Mendenhall plays a position that is among the most interchangeable in pro football, and if the Steelers decide to move on, it won’t be impossible to find a new tailback.”

    Your actions don’t coincide with your words.

    If it isn’t “a matter of free speech” then what in the hell is it?

    No matter what any of us think about what he said, there is a reason why we once had the right to say it. And, there are reasons why people like you would love the power to restrict it.

    Free speech exists for a reason. The agenda of people who want it regulated exists for a very specific reason. One that we should be much more afraid of than anything a bozo steelroid can say.

  94. bobwsc says: May 3, 2011 3:37 PM

    Ben seems less maggoty in light of this garbage.

  95. ryanclark25 says: May 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    wouldnt be at all surprised to see him cut…..cast your minds back to offseason 2010. we had a rapist and a marijuana head (lets be honest the latter is not a big deal in the nfl) guess who got cut….and it wasnt like it was bens 1st stupid act….rooney has his morals unless it involves our franchise qb, then he’s a hypocrit, he may deem an rb suitable to fall under our “morales”.

  96. actionjackson3 says: May 3, 2011 3:42 PM

    Why does anybody care what a football player said? The real outrage should be that every single person who lost a loved one on 9/11 deserves more than this. How many of of our dead citizens didn’t receive a proper burial? Yet, our elected president has the nerve to immediately order a proper burial for the most wanted man in this country?

    This man was responsible for the death of thousands of our citizens, but the only message our leaders have conveyed is ‘trust us, we got him and he’s dead, but we decided to burn the body, so you’ll have to trust us again and be satisfied with some pictures and DNA we supposedly took before quickly burning the body.’

    Something’s not right here. Why the rush to burn the body? Why not bring him back to the US for additional testing just to double-check the initial test and provide confirmation beyond any doubt. Elected representatives have a responsibility to the public, which has not been fulfilled here. In fact, it has been blatantly overlooked. Every person who lost a loved one deserves more than this and that is what people should be outraged about, not the comments made by an individual who plays with a ball for a living.

  97. ryanclark25 says: May 3, 2011 3:43 PM

    correction: holmes was traded for a 5th rounder…..which was just insulting.

  98. murd3rcapital1 says: May 3, 2011 3:44 PM

    Good for him!!!!!!!

    Lets not forget the rape issues none of you Steelers/NFL fans took this much of a stance against that?!?

    Blind leading the blind.

  99. alltimeballa says: May 3, 2011 3:44 PM

    Ok, so Mendenhall said something that many don’t agree with! Why are you acting like he was the first or only one to say this? Michael Moore did an entire movie that basically said the same thing. There are countless website and videos on youtube that say the same thing. He is indeed a football player but he is an American first and has the right to his opinion. There are many republicans or just President Obama haters who have questioned whether he is American or if he was smart enough to get into Harvard or now they question if Bin Laden is even dead. Mendenhall should be afforded the same liberty. His job should not affect his rights as an American!!

    In my personal opinion this should not have any impact on his ability or inability to carry a football for the steelers!

  100. radrhatr says: May 3, 2011 3:45 PM

    Steeler fans won’t care what he says or does, as long as he produces on the field. If he played for your team, it would most likely be the same for you.

    It’s our fault that these people think that what they say matters to anyone. They think they’re important because they can run fast with a ball in their hands.

    Adrian Peterson thinks he’s a slave and Derrick Mason thinks he’s in a Jewish concentration camp. The sad part is that some of us worship them so much that we let them get away with it.

    We need to get a grip on OUR values before they can get a grip on their importance.

  101. tramonisland says: May 3, 2011 3:45 PM

    Maybe he should go hide in Milledgeville, Georgia.

  102. calhounlambeau says: May 3, 2011 3:47 PM

    Everybody can’t stand politicians and big government, but when it comes to the military and our security services, the most wasteful and corrupt sectors of our government, we get down on our knees…why? Our military hasn’t fought a legitimate battle against a legitimate threat to our country in 65 years and yet we bleed our country dry to fund them. When will people open their eyes?

  103. ravenution says: May 3, 2011 3:47 PM

    Tm35,

    Any idiot that wants to see Donald Trump in the white house is dumber than Rashad Mendenhall, James Harrison and Ben Rapist combined. Dumber than Clevelanders. Dumber than all of pittsburgh.

  104. wnnw98 says: May 3, 2011 3:47 PM

    I guess it’s true. Football fans are the most ignorant people in America. It makes me sad that 10 years after the coup of 9/11 most people still buy in to the mass delusion of bin Laden and Al Qaeda… nevermind that they were US funded, trained, and organized creations to begin with.

  105. mswravens says: May 3, 2011 3:48 PM

    So little time, so many morons…

    Because America is a great country with freedoms that people around the world yearn for, complete moronic idiots like Mendenhall are perfectly free to express their opinions. As are somewhat smarter & more successful, yet still mornic, people like Donald Trump. They are not subject to PRIOR RESTRAINT. That is what the First Amendment guarantees. It does NOT, however, guarantee that your job will be waiting for you come Monday morning if you decide to share your particulalry unpopular brand of idiocy with the world at large & thereby threaten your employer’s reputation, business & profitability. When private employment is involved, that right would only be gained through contract – individually or as part of a group (i.e., union). So Mendenhall has his rights & the Rooneys have theirs (as there currently is no CBA). If they decide to fire Mendenhall, he has only himself to blame…and those of you who would liken this result to Nazi Germany or some other authoritarian regime, are sorely misguided, uninformed, or simply stoooopid. Just for the record, in countries like that, people who speak out against the government are arrested, tortured, and executed (see, Syria, Iran, etc…). They are not simply released from their employment.

    For those of you who commend Mendenhall & to some extent agree with him, because “we can’t trust the government & everything they say”…or some variation thereof… you truly are hopeless. There is no point in trying to reason with you, because you are obviously beyond reason. While it is true that no one should fully trust their government & all that it says, spins, or outright lies about, it is also incredibly ignorant, insensitive, and baseless to suggest that the US Government was behind 9/11, that bin Laden had nothing to do with it, or that he was not worthy of hatred & death because not having met him we don’t know all sides of the story. You are victims of your own foolish & demented thinking. I can only take solace in knowing – and I hope you know this as well – that the VAST majority of the world considers you to be the definition of “the lunatic fringe.”

    G-d Bless the freedoms we enjoy & the brave selfless men & women of our armed forces who secure those liberties for the rest of us! Having never served, I am humbled by the courage & service of these soldiers & am forever grateful to them and those who came before them.

  106. Nevis says: May 3, 2011 3:48 PM

    I think the death of Bin Laden is a great thing for the world and also a great time to demand answers from our government about questions it has yet to answer (that includes FEMA and the 9/11 Commission reports as well.)

    We have the right to know.

  107. tombradyswig says: May 3, 2011 3:51 PM

    RETARD MENDENHALL!
    Fixed it!

  108. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 3:54 PM

    @timmons94

    you are misinformed and pathetic

  109. lennydpocketqb says: May 3, 2011 3:54 PM

    He shouldn’t lose his job over his opinions. He should lose his job due to big game choking. Which he has done in the biggest game he was involved with.

  110. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 3:55 PM

    @timmons94

    about ray lewis not everything else

  111. trollaikman8 says: May 3, 2011 3:58 PM

    The government would not lie, and all checks and balances will be transparent to the American people.

    Regards,
    D.Cheney

  112. thefiesty1 says: May 3, 2011 4:02 PM

    Enough Already! Nothing more needs to be heard from this idiot.

  113. dahnic10 says: May 3, 2011 4:02 PM

    RIGHT ON MENDENHALL!!!!

  114. denverhighrize says: May 3, 2011 4:05 PM

    Mendenhall also thinks the Internet is a fad that will soon die and nobody reads twitter.

  115. thephantomstranger says: May 3, 2011 4:08 PM

    titansfan says:
    May 3, 2011 3:05 PM
    The only reason that people are up in arms over this is because of the timing. If he would have made these comments a week ago, they would have hardly caused a blip on the radar of the news cycle.

    So he subscribes to a particular conspiracy theory. So what? Would you all be this upset if he said that Oswalt didn’t shoot Kennedy? Give me a break. It’s not like he said that he hates America, or the armed forces – he merely questioned a popularly held belief.
    ______________________

    I take a backseat to no one when it comes to questioning the government, but there is a huge difference between believing that our government orchestrated the murder of 3,000 people (could have been a lot more) and believing that OSWALD didn’t shoot Kennedy. Question everything your government tells you, but use your brain and stop questioning when it becomes obvious that something is true.

  116. usmutts says: May 3, 2011 4:11 PM

    Two things:

    1. Freedom of speech includes freedom of stupid speech. Leave Mendenhall alone. All he’s doing is excercising his rights.

    2. Hey techstar25, you said, “Most architects and engineers don’t believe a plane brought down those buildings either.” Most? Well, go ahead and name one. Just one. How about a link to a site proving what you say is true.

    Waiting…waiting…

  117. terrorblaze says: May 3, 2011 4:13 PM

    Wow

    It’s sad how many Americans have turned into hate mongering government sheep. Don’t let fear keep your mind closed, don’t let hate dictate your actions.

    A very evil man is dead. I think we can all agree on that. Just because someone views the situation differently than through the prism the media/government laid out for you is no reason for personal attack/character assassination.

    “There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to #think” – Rashard Mendenhall

    ^ ya let’s all take out our frustration/hate/fear on that guy

    sigh

  118. xtb3 says: May 3, 2011 4:15 PM

    there are lots of questions- first they said bin laden was armed and shot at them now today said he had no gun. he was in that place for 4 years or m0ore but they claimed to have linked his courrier 4 years ago to that mansion. 2 months ago obama and the same military heads met about this why out 0of te blue on sunday was this ordered? and a few days after an obviously in obamas po0ssession birtyh certificate that was demanded for years suddenly get released? could it be obamas rating had finally reached a guaranteed loss in the next election? so he nicely remedied the situation?

  119. cscfriarbob says: May 3, 2011 4:15 PM

    We’ll likely find out from this incident exactly how much the Rooney’s really think Mendenhall is a great RB. Considering the crappy line he’s run behind, they might well think so. If they don’t, they’ll cut him or trade him or banish him to the seventh level of the depth chart.

    But if they really do value him, they’ll arrange for some education for him. And I mean REAL education — not “education” — in the form of structural engineering classes, so he can understand why the planes really did cause the collapse (and not the ubiquitous “black helicopters” or the utterly ludicrous “demolition charges”). And then eventually we’ll find out about it after the fact.

    Then the conspiracy theory nuts will be offended and decry that a voice of reason was “silenced”. And the sane people of the world will shake our heads and sigh and move on with our lives.

  120. wnnw98 says: May 3, 2011 4:16 PM

    I’m deleting this website from my bookmarks due to the ignorant political bias being exercised by the writers. There are plenty of other sources to get my Football News from, and I’m not going to support this hive of uneducated mongoloids any further.

    Bye PFT.

  121. rangenius says: May 3, 2011 4:18 PM

    @mswravens

    You ever read a history book in your life?

    If you are going to fire someone just based on their freedom of expression and speech, we might as well live in a nazi Germany.

    America is not as free as you think. You are delusional. It’s hard to see the evil empire, if you are living inside of it.

    how would you feel if some foreign power was having troops patrol your city and making deals with your corrupt leaders to take all your natural resources!

  122. xtb3 says: May 3, 2011 4:18 PM

    does anyone believe they dropped bin laden’s body into the sea? i don’t.

  123. sterilizecromartie says: May 3, 2011 4:25 PM

    He does not deserve to lose his job because even idiots have the right to free speech.

    But, many fans will also exercise their right to free speech. And that will come in the form of them booing and cursing the crap out of this guy every time he touches the ball. And it will occur even in his home stadium. Pittsburgh is a proud city that is as American as it gets. He is going to hear it.

  124. raiderinpa says: May 3, 2011 4:28 PM

    Rashard, put your googly, Marty Feldman-esque eyes back in your head, shut your mouth and just play football!! If you have ANY sympathy for such a poor excuse for a human being, you need to get the F out of this country!!

  125. dabears72 says: May 3, 2011 4:29 PM

    Mendenhall remarks grow legs……….and if you look close, Mendenhall’s sneakers are PFTs.

    Mr Ed. called, said ” Stop beating me.”

  126. pkrlvr says: May 3, 2011 4:32 PM

    bleedgreen, I don’t think 93 ever got up to cruising speed or altitude. And it’s a myth that planes fly too high to reach a tower. Lots of factors at work there.

  127. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 4:33 PM

    @xtb3

    i believed they dropped in the sea. but i seriously doubt they gave him the religious proper burial they claim to have given him.

  128. pkrlvr says: May 3, 2011 4:36 PM

    Not only do I believe they dropped the body in the sea, I think it’s a great move. A. Muslim law calls for quick burial without embalming so as to better please the 72 virgins that await, no need to purposely piss them off. B. No country wanted to host his grave. C. If they did bury him on land somewhere that spot would immediately become a shrine. Of course Fox news and Matt Drudge will immediatly call B.S.

    What really amazes me is that I see more negative stuff about Obama now than I did about Bush when he FAILED to find Bin Laden and instead attacked Irag. Shows that no matter what O does, people will find a way to hate him.

  129. jamie54 says: May 3, 2011 4:36 PM

    yem123 says:
    May 3, 2011 3:23 PM
    what I found ironic is how he was talking like a pacifist, practically quoting Luke Ch. 7, ……

    So what you are saying is Mendenhall, and others, believe someone walked this Earth 2000 years ago, performed miracles, then died, and rose from the dead? Something no one has seen, no one has heard, only what has been read about from ancient texts and handed down by word of mouth. Yet he won’t believe what’s on videos with his own eyes, can’t believe translations from another language what someone has said, and just be the doubter for anything his government says, well, because, that’s just what he can do? Then is Osama really even dead? Sad, just sad. So doubt the government all you want but why should anyone believe anything coming out of your mouth either? If you’re going to doubt, then doubt everything. ……..and the world was created in 7 days, then God took a vacation over in Hawaii.

  130. usmutts says: May 3, 2011 4:39 PM

    I can’t take credit for what I’m about to say to all you silly conspiracy nuts, because I didn’t say it first, but here it is anyway:

    When a Navy SEAL says a guy is dead, he’s dead.

  131. rooneyruleblues says: May 3, 2011 4:40 PM

    Roger Goodell has been to more Steeler games than any other NFL game. The guy is in the Rooneys luxury box high fiving for christ sakes.

    You want to do a story investigate this guy. He spends the majority of his time hobknobing with:

    Steelers
    Patriots
    Giants
    Cowboys

    Rooney and Kraft are the ones that gave this guy the keys to the league office. The same guy who is supposed to give out punishments was handpicked by the two teams with the biggest recent NFL scandels.

    Patriot Videogate and the Rapist QB in Pitt.

    Goodells actions against both? Fined a cheating headcoach without suspension. (public slap on the wrist while they were more than likely laughing on the phone) and then a fake 6 game suspension for the rapist (which was always a 4 game suspension and believe me the Rooneys knew this).

    Look at the punishments and how they fit the crime. Patriots that year of punishment went to the Superbowl. Pitt also went to the Superbowl.

  132. saxmachine69 says: May 3, 2011 4:57 PM

    Americans amaze me. They are so blinded to what their government tells them and convinces them to believe, it’s crazy. There are so many of you who are just sheep, who believe that America is the “good guy”.

    While the extreme conspiracy theorists that think 9/11 was staged are also delusional in their own way. Obviously 9/11 was very real, and the United states government had nothing to do with it.

    However as terrible as 9/11 was, it pales in comparison to what Americans have done in the middle east. Thousands of innocent people died on 9/11, however millions of innocent people in the middle east because of the American government’s desire for oil and money. Osama Bin Laden was a terrorist, but so are so many Americans, unfortuneately often times it’s against their will and the people in America call them “their troops”.

    The American citizens fall for the fighting terrorism because it is in part true, however it is only a small part of why your country has invaded these Middle Eastern countries, and killed thousands of their people.

    Bin Laden is not Adolph Hitler. He is a man who went to an extreme route to retaliate on the country who had done so much evil to his people. It was not right, and was a terrible thing to do, but no less terrible than what your country has done to them.

    But despite all of this, I can understand why an American may hate Bin Laden, and why he may celebrate his death. However, in a country who promotes freedom of speech, I do not understand, nor do I condone these people who want to condemn a man who does not follow in the sheep like beliefs of the majority of the country.

    There is nothing wrong with what Mendenhall believes or said.

  133. Nevis says: May 3, 2011 4:59 PM

    Only a great fool would suggest that the official story of 9/11 adds up and makes sense from all angles.

    Politics and CYA-tactics should never be confused for scientific evidence.

    We have never had scientific evidence, we’d only had people with interests to protect offer their opinions and theories. We were too busy destroying evidence to ever get a clear picture and that much cannot be disputed.

    The same govt. that spent $100M of tax payer dollars to go after Clinton having a sexual encounter with an intern was initially offering to pay $3M to investigate the largest terrorist attack on domestic soil. Of course, the govt. was eventually more generous – they threw a paltry $14M at the investigation.

    But we have our priorities straight as a government….no, really.

  134. mswravens says: May 3, 2011 5:04 PM

    @rangenius: You would equate Rashard Mendenhall’s hypothetical firing for his tweets with Nazi Germany, which as I’m sure even you know, slaughtered millions of people for their religious beliefs, economic status, sexual orientation, and mere whim…??? If Mendenhall is fired, we might as well live under such a regime???

    Tell ya what – since I don’t want to overestimate the depths of your stupidity, how about you refer me to just one history book that would correlate these two events (or analagous event since the Mendenhall tweets are so recent), since you question my sense of history.

    …and despite my better sense to not do so, I can’t help myself. YES, I have read at least one history book. On Afghanistan and Al Qaeda alone I have actually read so many that I have lost count, from “Ghost Wars: The History of the CIA’s Secret War in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion until September 10, 2001″ to the 9/11 Commission Report, and countless books about bin Laden & Al Qaeda, including “Kill Bin Laden” about the events at Tora Bora…and countless books about Israel, Iran, & the Arab-Israeli conflict, such as “Treacherous Alliance” about the secret dealings between Israel, the US and Iran. I even recently watched The Tillman Story, a documentary about the government’s efforts to exploit Pat Tillman’s death for political gain. I am no stranger to the fact that our government is neither perfect nor pure…and certainly not uniformly honest. But I gladly live here and enjoy the freedoms and benefits bestowed upon me and YOU and do not delude myself into believing that there is any moral equivalency between our government and the likes of Al Qaeda, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Hamas, Hezbollah, Lybia, Somalia, or any other terrorist or terror supporting/loving regime. If you want to spend your life torturing yourself due to your inability to make such calculations, that’s your problem, not mine. But I am comfortable in the belief that I am well more informed than you on such matters…and that we are well better off living in 2011 America than living under the Third Reich.

    So get me that reference so I can be disabused of MY delusions, LOL! Or maybe I just need some mind altering drugs to see the world as you do through your warped mind. Hang on a second…are you Charlie Sheen???

  135. theytukrjobs says: May 3, 2011 5:05 PM

    It is hard to even comprehend the stupidity of his statements. I’m pretty sure he’s still hung up on that loose change video that a teenager made 9 years ago for fun.

  136. atdawntheysleep says: May 3, 2011 5:08 PM

    ArmchairGM wrote:
    Agree with Mendenhall. Bin Laden has caused this country to spend trillions on two, no three,no four nonsense wars and invasions, Bin Laden caused this country to install color-alert terror warnings, he caused the reorganization of the Airline industry. Bin Laden made this country change, even as then President Bush pledged the country would not.

    Bin Laden exposed the citizens of this country to be a bunch of bullying cowards, who, if you hit them hard enough, will curl into a ball.

    Bravo Mendenhall and if I were him and ANYONE from the Steelers attempted to even talk to me concerning what I said, I would either punch them in the face or remind them that it’s a free country and I can say what I want or both.

    I too, am amazed at the wild celebrations over kiling one human. Bin Laden accomplished all that he intended plus some

    It getsmore subime, the country has probably sacrificed more soldier lives in the past 10 years post 9-11, then was lost in the actual attacks.

    Face it, 9-11 was the 1st time the country got punched in the face on it’s mainland and we reacted like some ..p.u.s..s.i.e.s.

    I get what Mendenhall was saying, he wasn’t saying have sympathy for Bin Laden. Mendenhall was pointing out something Americans are LOATHE to do-see the whole grand picture and see it for how complex it all is.

    Osama Bin Laden was a Saudi Arabian who was mad at the U.S. for helping to prop up the current authoritarian Saudi Arabian kingdom, while going spouting propaganda about democracy.

    That’s what Mendenhall was talking about, it’s more complex and layered than the average American wishes to believe. We are a simple-minded people, so we wish to see the world in stark black and white terms, but the world is more gray, more shady then we wish it to be. The world is not “Disney” and Americans tend to see it in Disney-like terms. Neither I nor Mendenhall support Bin Laden-we just see, or at least, ATTEMPT to see the bigger, grander picture.

    If this country can’t take a simple punch in the face, which is all of what 9-11 was, then why are we so eager to play geopolitical games with the rest of Earth?

    You have to accept death, killings, bombing, wars and revenge as a cost of playing this game, otherwise stop playing it.

    I also glad he made his statement, I’m tired of right-wing whites ruling the debate and conversation on this subject. Free speech man, free speech.

  137. Deb says: May 3, 2011 5:13 PM

    @buckfigben …

    That might be a concern if we cheered a rapist or a guy who beats his girlfriend, but since they didn’t, we don’t.

    Mendenhall is an idiot but you’re a habitual liar. As an employer, I’d be more concerned about you.

  138. mswravens says: May 3, 2011 5:18 PM

    I can’t believe I waste my time with this…

    saxmachine69 – the Saudi government invited the US to station troops in its sovereign land so as to assist in repelling Hussein’s invading forces from Kuwait…where the US was greeted as liberators. The Saudi government did so, despite bin Laden’s offer to carry out the task himself, such that bin Laden was enraged that the Saudis allowed infidel forces into the land of the two holy places…and such that he set out to war against the US (who had previosuly armed “his people” as you call them to repel Soviet invaders from Afghanistan). So when bin Laden orchestrates acts of terrorism around the globe, mostly killing fellow muslims, and orchestrates the death of almost 3,000 people on 9/11, he was simply:
    “a man who went to an extreme route to retaliate on the country who had done so much evil to his people”…I’d really love to know just what we did that makes his conduct “no less terrible than what your country has done to them.” …and we are the blind & delusional? You obviously have no respect from women, civil liberties, religions other than your own (or any other thoughts other than your own)…you are a whole special form of idiot.

  139. Deb says: May 3, 2011 5:23 PM

    Mike, you raise interesting points about employees and free speech. I’m furious about Mendenhall’s comments because he’s representing the organization. At the same time, I’m almost more furious with the organization for not already laying down rules regarding Twitter and press interviews.

    It’s mind-boggling to me why the Steelers didn’t impose communication rules after Santonio publicly tweeted his intentions to break the league’s substance abuse policy–and the law. Now during the lockout, with no one from the front office to stop him, our bozo QB has given interviews on his bathroom reminders–bathroom being a word he should never, never utter to the media–and on his religious abstinence prior to marriage. :roll: God grant me patience. And this foolish, foolish young man, who was in grade school on 9/11, has made himself a lightning rod on a national security issue.

    But … I don’t know that it’s fair to cut a player outright for exercising his right to free speech and for being foolish and ignorant without having first warned him not to be foolish and ignorant on a public forum.

  140. touchdownroddywhite says: May 3, 2011 5:27 PM

    For all you folks out there trashing this man:

    Look around the web. Hundreds of thousands, if not MILLIONS, of people support his statements and have bee nsaying the same things for a decade now.

    I’d venture to guess that world wide more people agree with his assessment than they would most of the folks here.

    Keep getting molested at the airport and saying thanks for it.

    In the words of Ben Franklin – “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”

  141. mrjumpman23 says: May 3, 2011 5:41 PM

    As much as I hate the Steelers, I have to agree with Mendenhall. I thought that display of all the people outside of the white house cheering, was disgusting. We don’t know the whole story, we only know what the media has told us.

  142. schmitty2 says: May 3, 2011 5:52 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:
    May 3, 2011 5:27 PM
    For all you folks out there trashing this man:

    Look around the web. Hundreds of thousands, if not MILLIONS, of people support his statements and have bee nsaying the same things for a decade now.

    I’d venture to guess that world wide more people agree with his assessment than they would most of the folks here.

    Keep getting molested at the airport and saying thanks for it.

    In the words of Ben Franklin – “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”

    Touchdownroddywhite:

    Wow you might as well run for office..in the Middle East! Is Michael Moore your favorite director? Is Conspiracy Theory your favorite movie?

  143. mswravens says: May 3, 2011 5:55 PM

    …actually, if you take the time to read, you can know much more than just what the media tells us.

  144. tombreck says: May 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    So let me get this,

    Raping college students———OK
    Saying stupid crap————–Not OK

  145. mahsoonerz says: May 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    If being a football fan requires me to rejoice in the killing of anyone or support the shredding of our Constitution, then I will give up being a football fan.

  146. argel830 says: May 3, 2011 6:31 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    May 3, 2011 5:52 PM

    Wow you might as well run for office..in the Middle East! Is Michael Moore your favorite director? Is Conspiracy Theory your favorite movie?

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    I think the bigger question is ‘are these your best zingers?’ because they’re weaker than Karen Carpenter in a sauna.

  147. telergy says: May 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    baaaaaaah… baaaaaaaaaah

  148. schmitty2 says: May 3, 2011 6:39 PM

    argel830 says:
    May 3, 2011 6:31 PM
    schmitty2 says:
    May 3, 2011 5:52 PM

    Wow you might as well run for office..in the Middle East! Is Michael Moore your favorite director? Is Conspiracy Theory your favorite movie?

    *************************************************************

    I think the bigger question is ‘are these your best zingers?’ because they’re weaker than Karen Carpenter in a sauna.

    Well if my “zingers” are bad what does that make your response?

  149. Deb says: May 3, 2011 6:39 PM

    @touchdownroddywhite …

    You’re mixing apples and oranges! I’m extremely concerned about government overstepping its boundaries with some of the provisions of the Patriot Act. That is not the same as questioning whether al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 and saying “we’ve only heard one side of the story” regarding bin Laden. That simply is not true. Unless you’re an immature, uninformed squirt like Mendenhall, a dimwit who gets news from conspiracy Web sites, or someone who’s been living in a cave (not bin Laden because he lived in a nice suburb), you’ve heard bin Laden take credit for 9/11 and other atrocities. We have heard his side of the story.

    Come on.

  150. telergy says: May 3, 2011 6:52 PM

    Proverbs 24:17: Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

  151. schmitty2 says: May 3, 2011 6:56 PM

    Deb says:
    May 3, 2011 6:39 PM
    @touchdownroddywhite …

    You’re mixing apples and oranges! I’m extremely concerned about government overstepping its boundaries with some of the provisions of the Patriot Act. That is not the same as questioning whether al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11 and saying “we’ve only heard one side of the story” regarding bin Laden. That simply is not true. Unless you’re an immature, uninformed squirt like Mendenhall, a dimwit who gets news from conspiracy Web sites, or someone who’s been living in a cave (not bin Laden because he lived in a nice suburb), you’ve heard bin Laden take credit for 9/11 and other atrocities. We have heard his side of the story.

    Come on.

    Well said Deb:)

  152. ravensfan4life52 says: May 3, 2011 7:04 PM

    well mendenhall deleted the only tweet that i disagreed with. the rest of his tweets send out a good and respectable message. don’t dance on a man’s grave. celebrating bin Laden’s death by getting drunk at ground zero makes us no better than the terrorists. people should be ashamed of themselves. did bin Laden deserve to die, yes. but does that mean we have to celebrate it. no. get ahold of yourselves people. watching all of these people celebrate death like they are a part of the roman mob the last couple of days has made me ashamed to be called an American. people have no morals any more. especially when people claiming to be Christians say they hope he burns in hell. read your bible over again. and rethink what religion you want to claim to be a part of.

  153. trickydyk says: May 3, 2011 7:19 PM

    Whether or not you agree with Mendenhall, it’s downright ignorant not to question what happened on 9/11, and who was responsible for it. The manner in which the two towers fell was suspicious regardless if a plane hit them, but the real head scratcher is the destruction of World Trade Center Bldg. 7. This building was not hit by a plane yet it somehow crumbled in an obvious “demolition” style of destruction. There are plenty more unexplained phenomenon associated with 9/11. Even the 9/11 commission has been proven to have an unexplainable amount of loopholes in it. There is just reason to be suspicious and to dismiss obvious questions about the incident because our government said so is simply not consistent with the basic principles our founding fathers envisioned as the backbone of our country.

  154. eagles512 says: May 3, 2011 7:42 PM

    The idiots saying we shouldn’t criticize a guy for expressing his thoughts are hypocritical. We aren’t saying he can’t say it….we are ridiculing what he said as idiotic. And the wackos who want to claim the government was involved in 9/11, please leave this great country. You’re an absolute disgrace and the military should not be fighting for people like you. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  155. xtb3 says: May 3, 2011 8:04 PM

    armed then unarmed- story changes as they go along. then for a despicable racist and mass murderer obama announces the body was treated in islamic tradion before quickly SUPPOSEDLY burying it at sea. would they had a christian burial for hitler, etc.?

    would be no surprise if the CIA has a very much alive bin laden. right now it is takeing a bit of time to touch up those photos to make it appear he was shot in the head. must be a big job as its taken this long.

  156. Deb says: May 3, 2011 9:46 PM

    tombreck says:
    So let me get this,

    Raping college students———OK
    Saying stupid crap————–Not OK

    —————————————–
    Medical exam on Georgia woman proved no one raped her or had intercourse with her that night despite her loud and continual propositions of Roethlisberger. Explained in detail both in the public record and by Prosecutor Fred Bright more than a year ago.

    So as a rape survivor, let me help you get it:

    Falsely accusing men of rape and jeopardizing the credibility of real rape victims—NOT OK

    Being a jackass who says stupid crap about a non-rape on a football blog—NOT OK

    Linking a non-rape in any way with the murder of more than 3,000 Americans on 9/11–NOT OK

    Go screw yourself. And have a nice day :)

  157. SirLoin says: May 3, 2011 11:32 PM

    He shouldnt have made it public, those are things you only talk about with close friends behind closed doors.

  158. melonnhead says: May 4, 2011 7:32 AM

    If push comes to shove the Steelers will dump him, but NOT until they get a replacement (like they did with Bam Morris/Jerome Bettis when Morris was busted with 5 pounds of weed) and Rooney will claim moral high ground (even though everybody in the world knows that they would have cut Morris only if he’d gone to prison had they not gotten Bettis. Morris ended up getting probation).

  159. Deb says: May 4, 2011 10:02 AM

    @melonhead …

    Accustomed to running a multi-billion-dollar business, are you? The incomes of dozens of people depend on your decision-making, which requires a level of prudence for the good of the team. That means you can’t play Medieval king and scream “off with their heads” the moment someone displeases you. Regardless of how arrests are reported in the media, the team has a responsibility to assess the individual circumstances based on the details of the incident and their personal experience with the player. If it’s determined that person is not a good fit for the organization going forward, the team also has a responsibility to ensure the organization is not hampered by the release.

    Mendenhall hasn’t done anything to warrant being cut. I am upset by his comments on many levels, but he has a right to his opinion. Unfortunately, he’s too young and immature to understand how his opinion as a public figure can set off a firestorm that reflects on his employers. The bigger fault lies with the Steelers for not addressing the Twitter issue after other players ran into trouble with their uncensored ramblings. If they had done so and he had ignored their rules, then he could be fired for cause.

  160. touchdownroddywhite says: May 4, 2011 1:37 PM

    @Deb – Have you never heard the phrase “I am Sparticus”?

    The fact remains that the Bush family has had long standing ties with the bin Ladens as well as other suspect ties to people later involved in criminal or terrorist acts. These ties are well documented by respected sources dating all the way back to the 70’s.

    I do not care to argue the validity of statements made by a guy who runs for a living. I am merely stating that his opinion is widely shared world wide and that it does, in fact, have substance to it. In the end, we all believe what we choose to believe because rarely, if ever, do all the true facts come out in these matters.

    I suppose you still support us searching for WMD’s in Iraq even though it was essentially admitted that there were none?

    I understand that to some people being patriotic means not questioning their government, however I do not share that view. I am about using all available, credible information to form my own thoughts and opinions. I like to call it “thinking for myself”. Try it some time. This is the information age afterall.

  161. Deb says: May 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    @touchdownroddywhite …

    My degree is in journalism and I spent more than four years living with paramilitaries in one of the world’s hot spots. I’m very aware of how and why governments manipulate events, journalists, and public perception. I never take anything at face value. As someone who writes for a living, I’m an excellent and experienced researcher. And my posts here demonstrate that I not only think for myself, but have no fear of taking positions opposite the majority. Perhaps you should stop being so condescending and stop trying so hard to pigeonhole people into various political categories.

    Just as supporting the Patriot Act is a separate issue to the 9/11 conspiracies, so is our participation in Iraq and the nonexistent WMDs. As I’ve posted on other threads, I am well aware that some post-attack decisions were made with profit and other strategic motives. And I know private corporations have reaped the benefits of what happened that day. This is nothing new. People have always profited from war and tragedy. I’m only disputing the contention that the government or any individuals within the government conspired to orchstrate the 9/11 attacks because there is no credible evidence to support those theories. The existence of dots does not mean the dots connect.

    One thing I can assure you: The more people you believe are involved in a conspiracy of this nature, the more certain you can be it was not a conspiracy. The reason paramilitary groups throughout the world operate in small, disconnected cells is that the fewer people who have information, the fewer can divulge information. That is why bin Laden eluded capture for so long.

    The evidence shows that bin Laden and his supporters have hit a number of targets throughout the world since 9/11. They had an agenda. And factions within the government had an agenda, which 9/11 gave them the opportunity to pursue. Taking advantage of the opportunity provided by a national tragedy is not the same as orchestrating the tragedy.

  162. touchdownroddywhite says: May 6, 2011 11:46 AM

    @Deb –

    I do not attempt to “pigeon hole” anybody into political categories, however when I’m told I have to be an immature dimwit to not know that Bin Laden has taken credit, I take offense. Oliver North warned the US a long time ago than Bin Laden was the most dangerous man in the world and they all laughed because they couldn’t even repeat his name right.

    It’s also inappropriate to assume that my belief that the US failed to prevent the attacks is the same as me believing that they helped coordinate them. You are correct that the aftermath of the attacks was used to fuel a a long standing agenda and my stance is that if the US government was not part of the solution they were, in fact, part of the problem instead.

    So while I do apologize for my blatant snarkiness, I do not see how what you are saying about the government and what guys like Mendenhall are saying is that different other than some of us are smart enough to word it better and give ourselves more than 140 characters to explain our stance in a logical manner that doesn’t come off as ignorance.

  163. Deb says: May 6, 2011 5:46 PM

    @touchdownroddywhite …

    Now I’ll apologize for thinking you were implying the government helped coordinate the attacks. The vast range of views being expressed on these threads in the past few days has opened the door to a great deal of misunderstanding. People have verbally high-fived me who I’m sure would never agree with my political views. And I’ve been at odds with people I’m probably more closely in tune with.

    To be clear, I think people are idiots if they honestly believe–as some have suggested–that the Bush family or factions within the government helped plan or coordinate the attacks or that the towers were destroyed as part of an insurance scheme. I think Rashard is an idiot for saying of bin Laden “we’ve only heard one side of the story” on a public forum.

    I do not think people are idiots for questioning the many many intelligence, security, emergency-response, and procedural blunders surrounding the attacks. I do not think they’re idiots for questioning the government response to the attacks, Constitutional abuses, thousands of lives lost and destroyed, billions of dollars wasted in still unexplained military actions, and why we’re still engaged in these wars. I don’t think they’re idiots for questioning who has profited from the attacks and subsequent wars and whether our nation is any more secure now than on 9/10/01. We should be asking these questions and more.

    I think Mendenhall should be commended for thinking about his faith and how that relates to the celebrations over bin Laden’s death. My problem is that he and other players need to
    grow up and recognize that they are public figures. That’s why people bother to follow them on Twitter–but it’s also why they can’t just spout off about whatever they want without consequences. He represents his employers and his brand. He needs to think before speaking on controversial subjects.

    Mendenhall prides himself on learning and was only 13 when the towers fell. He didn’t come off as ignorant because he had only 140 characters. He came off as ignorant because he never bothered to research whether “we’ve only heard one side” before announcing that to the public at a sensitive time.

  164. polythemus says: May 8, 2011 5:54 PM

    Mendenhall joins his fellow 911 moonbats Charlie Sheen, Jesse Ventura, Janeane Garofalo, Sean Penn, Babs and hubby Streisand, Rosie O’Donnell, Alex Jones, David Ray Griffin, etc. While Champion may have dropped Rashard, he can always get a gig shilling MUFON apparel.

    Why do some people believe the 1st Amendment guarantees protection from ridicule along with freedom of speech?

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