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On Mendenhall, Ryan Clark says “social media is ruining the world”

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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall created a storm of controversy with a string of Twitter messages posted Monday.  His first teammate to publicly address the situation was safety Ryan Clark.

Clark joined Jason Horowitz and Steve Phillips of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio on Wednesday to discuss the controversy.

Clark’s message?  “My first reaction to it really is that social media is ruining the world.”

He felt strongly enough about that statement to repeat it a while later.  “Social media is ruining the world,” Clark said.  “Facebook and Twitter are probably going to be responsible for more divorces than infidelity coming up here soon.”

At the risk of breaking out the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” bumper sticker, the reality is that social media is merely the conduit through which folks can say things that will get them in trouble.  As I stress to my son at least once a week, anything he says on Twitter or Facebook can come back to haunt him.  Though, in the grand scheme of things, Mendenhall isn’t much older than my son, Mendenhall is an adult — and adults should be expected to realize the practical consequences of making statements in places where they can be read by anyone and everyone.

That said, Clark stopped short of criticizing Mendenhall for his views.  “I guess he’s entitled to his opinion,” Clark said.  “He didn’t claim that those opinions were shared by anyone else but himself.  That was what he chose to put out there.  I knew he was going to catch a lot of flak for it, I knew there was going to be a lot of backlash toward those comments, but he’s entitled to put whatever he wants to put on his Twitter page.  The thing you have to know these days, though, if you do put those type of things out there, people are going to comment on them.  It’s going to make news.  It’s going to be a big deal when you do something that controversial.  A long as he can stand by his statements then he’s free to do whatever he wants.”

Clark also seems resigned to the possibility that Mendenhall’s career with the Steelers could be impacted in a negative way by his comments.

“We play a game where contracts really only have to be honored by the players signing them,” Clark said.  “The teams that you play for do not have to honor those contracts.  So it would be nothing that we could do.  We’d have to accept and respect the Rooneys’ thought process in that and their decision.  I would be extremely disappointed if that is the case.  I don’t see this as a legal issue.  Rashard Mendenhall wasn’t the guy on those planes.  Rashard Mendenhall was not wreaking havoc and terrorizing our American people.  Rashard Mendenhall made an unpopular comment.  Rashard Mendenhall had an opportunity to tweet something because of the way social media works that maybe wasn’t in the best interests of him or our organization.”

No matter how it all turns out, we hope other athletes learn from Mendenhall’s misadventures.

Then again, in light of the content that the controversy has provided during what otherwise would have been a very slow week, maybe we don’t.

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97 Responses to “On Mendenhall, Ryan Clark says “social media is ruining the world””
  1. iDroidX says: May 4, 2011 5:06 PM

    No. Just stop saying dumb things. If Mendenhall said it in a press conference, will Clark say “Press conferences are ruining the world”?

  2. upperdecker19 says: May 4, 2011 5:09 PM

    Let’s think this through, gang. Things contributing to the “ruining of the world”…..

    Global warming – Negative
    Lack of functional univeral health care – Negative
    Somali pirates – Negative
    Social media – Affirmative

  3. mataug says: May 4, 2011 5:12 PM

    I personally believe that Ryan Clark was very mature in his comments about the responsibility of putting something out on social networks.

  4. KIR says: May 4, 2011 5:13 PM

    I’m not going to hold a few ill advised comments by a 23 year against him for life. Hopefully a lesson has been learned. On the bright side at least he learned a few things in his english and college writing classes. To me being an illiterate adult unable to read and write is more of a crime than a few naive uninformed tweets.

    I think a lot of people agree and can relate on the celebration point. The 911 conspiracy theory has no basis in fact. Yes, question your government, however don’t turn around and believe an unverifiable sources fairytales, half truths and outright lies as gospel. What kind of reasoning is that? Jet Fuel on fire is as hot as the fire in a steel mill. It can melt steel and concrete which caused the collapse of the upper floors down onto the bottom floors. A demolition occurs from the bottom up.

  5. RussianBreadMaker says: May 4, 2011 5:14 PM

    That would be Religion.

  6. t1mmy10 says: May 4, 2011 5:18 PM

    Hate to break it to ya, clark. But when players like haynesworth decide to refuse to actually try or get in trouble with the law they still had to pay him every cent of that guaranteed money.

  7. ajc85 says: May 4, 2011 5:18 PM

    At least there is one person on the Steelers who can state an opinion in a clear and objective way. I mean it’s not Rock Science for cryin out loud.

  8. metalhead65 says: May 4, 2011 5:19 PM

    speaking of saying dumb things,nothing is dumber than whining about teams not honoring contracts. the contracts are set up that way so the players get all thier money up front in signing bonuses. I wish I could get a job where I got millions of dollars just to sign my name and go to work then suffer with a contract that”only” pays me few hundred thousand a year. so what if they decide they don’t want me after a couple of years? I would already made more than I will ever need and so do these overpaid crybabies. yea I know not everyone makes the big bucks but what’s the league min. now?400 grand a year? plus a signing bonus? yea real tough. just shut up already!

  9. stinkfingers says: May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    Ridiculous. Clark is just killing the messenger.

    I, for one, am not going to blame the means in which the message was delivered. I will place blame on the idiot behind the keyboard.

  10. 7370355q says: May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    Is it safe to refer to him now as Rashard Amamendenhall now? And is it okay to chant USA whenever he gets tackled by the opposing team?

  11. 1liondriven says: May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    Stupidity and ignorance is ruining the world…

    …and another NFL Moron speaks.

  12. tommyf15 says: May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    About fifteen years ago one of my friends got a PC and an e-mail account, and it immediately became obvious that he wasn’t equipped to handle it. He now had an audience for every stupid, reactionary thought that went through his head and he quickly started turning people off. Even after he promised to sleep on things before hitting that “send” button, it just wasn’t in his personality.

  13. descendency says: May 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    Social media is just telling us what we already knew: There are a lot of idiots out there.

  14. skoobyfl says: May 4, 2011 5:21 PM

    Actually, the ability to receive information at an expedited pace versus waiting for Walter Kronkite to say “that’s the news” is better for society. You hate to evil / stupidity rear it’s ugly head but it’s always been there, hidden & it hides no more.

    Do you think we would have gotten Bin Obama unless there was a strong ability to get information where it belongs ?? I doubt it & it’s the exact reason Al Barack has no where to hide.

  15. bamasucks says: May 4, 2011 5:22 PM

    Twitter sucks. i can’t believe that anyone would want to tweet or give two rips about following someone else that might be tweeting.

    in that sense, i guess i agree with Ryan Clark. it might not be ruining the world but it damn sure isn’t improving anything.

  16. buffalohogan says: May 4, 2011 5:22 PM

    He makes a good point…deleting my FaceBook page reduced my marital arguments by 95%…

  17. ttommytom says: May 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    That’s like saying the Cotton Gin paved the way for the Industrial revolution which is the beginning of the end of ruining the world…oh wait…

  18. tdk24 says: May 4, 2011 5:25 PM

    I thought it was uneducated, young, rich, athlete role models that was ruining the world. My bad!

  19. strategerie says: May 4, 2011 5:25 PM

    MOST NFL teams have now formulated some kind of guidelines on social media, namely Twitter. Drew Brees, Darryl Tapp, and Justin Forsett manage to have a Twitter presence without the meltdowns we see from other NFL athletes that will go nameless. It’s tough to enforce those guidelines during a lockout, but the smarter players seem to be able to restrain themselves without a team babysitter.

    While Twitter will not “ruin the world”, it’s going to ruin the NFL careers of certain players too arrogant to check themselves before Tweeting things that would get them in a lot of trouble no matter what they did for a living.

  20. silk32 says: May 4, 2011 5:28 PM

    In this world of social media, the Shock Exchange has the following advice for Mendenhall and other pro athletes >> http://clicky.me/5DHN

  21. profootballwalk says: May 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    By THOMAS HARGROVE
    Scripps Howard News Service

    More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.
    ************************

    This is from 2006. What the guy said is not uncommon.

  22. cliverush says: May 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    These are the same idiots who take offense to the slights and insults they receive in a game. But that’s OK because. ” he dissed me man”

  23. babyjesus69 says: May 4, 2011 5:30 PM

    Social Media has made it to where you can’t OPENLY lie or make comments (ignorant or not) without facing the possible ramifications of being scorned by the public. Or in other words not everyone on the internet is your ‘yes’ friend.

  24. prosb4hos says: May 4, 2011 5:32 PM

    Mendenhall had 15,000 followers the night of his tweets. He now has over 36,000 followers… maybe Clark has a point?

  25. dkeyser says: May 4, 2011 5:33 PM

    Ruining the world eh??…Not so sure about that…Its more like it lets millions of people see what kind of a tool a person really is…

    As for Mendenhall retracting his statements, i say this..You were man enough to say it in the first place, so be a man and stand by what you said. He obviously ment it. So some half hearted PR apology means about jack sh*t…If you dont want people to get offended by what you say, then keep your yapper shut..

  26. klunge says: May 4, 2011 5:34 PM

    “At the risk of breaking out the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” bumper sticker”
    ———————————————–

    I’ll take that risk… Social media isn’t ruining the world, the dumb people using it are! Well they were doing it before social media came along too, but thanks to this technology we have all been forced to hear about it, and consequently have lost our blissful ignorance.

    Screw Facebook & Twitter, go have a drink & a face-to-face conversation with another human.

  27. daytonaken says: May 4, 2011 5:35 PM

    People don’t kill guns…

  28. nineroutsider says: May 4, 2011 5:39 PM

    Clark meant to say that social media is really lame.

    Who cares what some idiot says on their twitter account whether its a star RB or grocery bagger? Yes, I realize that Mendenhall is trying to make a career change from the former to the later.

    Who is paying these guys for their thoughts? I think Twitter was invented just to show us how stupid celebrities are, but then I realized that the people following them must be so lame.

    OMG, my digital life is like so exciting, like…

  29. jlinatl says: May 4, 2011 5:41 PM

    I think Ryan Clark was trying to be thoughtful and was simply saying that abuse of social media is the issue. Sometimes we forget these are very young people answering questions not reading prepared statements.

    That being said, I do have to roll my eyes every time I see an athelete complain along the lines that they are the only ones that have to honor their contract. In most employment circumstances, an employee can be held responsible by the employer for doing things that shed a bad light on the employer. That’s just real world.

  30. Deb says: May 4, 2011 5:42 PM

    When I worked in corporate communications, material intended for the public was vetted to ensure the company produced a cohesive message. All calls from the media were referred to press officers. Those are standard operating procedures in companies. Why should the NFL be any different?

    Players should not have Twitter accounts. Sit-down interviews with the press should be okayed by the team. That way you don’t have players announcing they’re going to wake up and break the substance abuse policy. And you don’t have your idiot QB trying to offset his randy reputation by declaring his religious abstinence.

    Belichick has the right idea. Teams need to be focused on football, not cleaning up the stupid left behind by players who have no filters.

  31. jaggedmark says: May 4, 2011 5:43 PM

    However, Unsocial Media is just fine.

  32. bluesilverblood says: May 4, 2011 5:43 PM

    OR…it could be exposing stupid people for what they are…STUPID!!!! Social media is just a way for ignorant people to easily expose themselves.

  33. bass1717 says: May 4, 2011 5:44 PM

    Ryan Clark is somewhat correct, social media can cause alot of problems, especially when something personal on a person’s life is out there for the world to see.

    Now the REAL problem ruining this country (and everyone knows it but is afraid to say it) is the Mexicans illegally overtaking this country and bleeding it dry financially…..if you don’t realize it, open your eyes.

    Have a great day!

  34. granadafan says: May 4, 2011 5:45 PM

    No one is denying his right to say stupid and offensive things. No govt agency threw him in jail. However, he works for a private organization that depends on publicity. If the employer, the Steelers, decide his speech negatively affects their business, then they can legally fire him.

    There are ramifications to saying things offensive to people. However, in a free country he won’t be jailed for his speech unless he threatens violence.

  35. footballpoetry says: May 4, 2011 5:46 PM

    Amen. Social media is a huge step back from natural evolution. Another tool for people to avoid direct, human to human communication.

  36. akismet-c7ced78fa0ffb62cf23382e052305f29 says: May 4, 2011 5:47 PM

    I wonder if the Steelers take the team bus to their MENSA meetings or show up individually?

  37. vahawker says: May 4, 2011 5:48 PM

    Social media allows stupid people to say stupid things and for the whole the world to almost instantly know about it. Infidelity and divorce are the result of the people involved, not Facebook, Twits Twittering, or anything else. Actually, Mr. Clark, I think people shunning responsibilities and blaming every one and everything else for their moral, behavioral, and character failures is ruining the world-certainly this country at least.

  38. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 4, 2011 5:48 PM

    Ryan Clark said all the right things there. He was probably thinking, Mendenhall you idiot..

  39. thegonz13 says: May 4, 2011 5:49 PM

    Blaming social media for one’s ignorance and stupidity is lame. Mendenhall knew what he was doing and saying.

    C’mon man!

  40. achap39 says: May 4, 2011 5:51 PM

    Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who REALLY hoped Clark had a Twitter acount.

  41. jackfnburton says: May 4, 2011 5:52 PM

    No Ryan, dumb jocks and talk radio are ruining the world. You guys go back to running steps and save the political commentary for the asshats already on TV.

  42. halo81 says: May 4, 2011 5:55 PM

    What the hell is your point Ryan? That “reacting” to an issue with your opinion which happens to be brutally offensive or out of line is going to ruin peoples’ careers?

    Man, that LSU education did wonders for you!!!

    Congratulations Captain Obvious!!!

    We all have professions and most of us have Twitter or Facebook accounts.

    The difference between most of us and Mendenhall are we actually take five minutes to say, “if I post this publicly is it going to hurt my career, image or family?”

    It’s called common sense Ryan. Your teammate has none.

    Thanks for breaking out your cape though.

  43. cryptker says: May 4, 2011 5:57 PM

    social media isn’t ruining the world it`s stuipd people saying dumb things.

  44. jakek2 says: May 4, 2011 5:57 PM

    “Clark also seems resigned to the possibility that Mendenhall’s career with the Steelers could be impacted in a negative way by his comments”.
    —————-
    If the Steelers can continue to employ a two time rapist, I doubt dumb comments from a talented RB will impact his standing on the team.

  45. schmitty2 says: May 4, 2011 5:58 PM

    Clark’s message? “My first reaction to it really is that social media is ruining the world.”

    My first reaction to that is players on the Steelers are trying to ruin moral in this country

  46. thunder2408 says: May 4, 2011 5:59 PM

    Mendenhall had opportunity to be a dumbass because soldiers serve. I servered so people like him are free to express their thoughts. I’m proud

  47. ssgonesolo says: May 4, 2011 6:00 PM

    I’m not in defense of Mendenhall’s complete comments- although I do feel its wrong to kill a defenseless man and I would have loved for him to face a group of those whose lives he forever ruined to look them in the eyes and feel the pain and resentment that he caused.

    However it disgust me to see players reacting negatively towards one of their own constituents. Athletes are not super human, Mendenhall has the right as the rest of the 300 million citizens of this country to express his ideas no matter if they are right or wrong within public opinion, and if they are considered to be wrong at least it gives those who are close to him the oppurtunity to help steer and guide this young man unto an appropriate understanding. I would rather him to speak his truth and be corrected than to live a lie and remain in ignorance. This player (Ryan Clark) who is a realtive “no name” needs to get his but in the gym working hopefully with some of his “notable” teammates while hoping and lobby in between time for this lockout to be resolved soon for his benefit and the benefit of the fans who pays his wages… In other words “shut up and get to work”!!

  48. jimmysee says: May 4, 2011 6:03 PM

    Actually, the old rules still apply —

    1. Engage brain before opening mouth.

  49. bleedgreen80 says: May 4, 2011 6:07 PM

    well put ryan

  50. pjg1309 says: May 4, 2011 6:08 PM

    No it’s not, the idiots that are using it only think it is, HINT HINT, Mr. Clark

  51. ruckinfidiculous says: May 4, 2011 6:08 PM

    Did social media make Mendenhall say that? No.

    It merely provided a means for him to say what he was thinking to a large audience. Don’t blame the tool for user error and/or stupidity.

  52. jaughe71 says: May 4, 2011 6:09 PM

    Does Ryan Clark know that posting on Twitter is not required and its OK for some people to be seen and not heard?

  53. 49erfan13 says: May 4, 2011 6:11 PM

    @idroidX

    Mendenhall would not have said that at a press conference because that type of question would not have been asked to football player.

  54. fancyleague says: May 4, 2011 6:12 PM

    I’d put social media before any of those. Social media lets radicalization and escalation go from 0 to 60 in record time. Instead of bad ideas being relatively isolated, they snowball online now. Social media lets the populace explore new realms of stupidity, therefore it is the greatest evil in the land.

  55. cover2blitz0 says: May 4, 2011 6:12 PM

    twitter is ruining the world huh? this coming from a guy who has a twitter account himself… also what no one seems to have noticed if you read mendenhalls twitter his earlier posts talk about women,oral sex,etc… thats something to really share with the fans

  56. broo53 says: May 4, 2011 6:13 PM

    Does he think he’s a modern day slave, too?

  57. dave1961 says: May 4, 2011 6:17 PM

    Social media don’t type words… people do Ryan Clark…. he typed those words not the social media outlet……flight 93 went down in PA…. because of Osama Bin Laden….. but I think Clark is showing incredible frindship in a tuff moment…. that should be commended…..

  58. masterblaster78 says: May 4, 2011 6:17 PM

    Why doesn’t Mendenhall go play football in Pakistan

  59. playingtheponzi says: May 4, 2011 6:22 PM

    I’m with Ryan Clark on this. While people are responsible for censoring themselves, it’s also asinine to expect that they WILL censor themselves. Fact is, people don’t. People vent. And they vent where it’s most convenient to vent. And venting seldom leads to well-reasoned, self-censored, politically correct monologuing.

    I must say, I checked out of that Facebook and Twitter world a year or two ago. It’s asinine, and my life is better without it. I suspect I’m in an ever-decreasing minority with that feeling. But then again, most people think it makes more sense to hold Federal Reserve Notes than something like gold, which I guess shows what majority opinion in worth. Literally. (click my name for a chart of what that looks like)

  60. nevin999 says: May 4, 2011 6:26 PM

    Ryan Clark is so deep, so profound…

    So… dumb.

  61. drtroyz says: May 4, 2011 6:30 PM

    I cannot believe agents for these guys allow them to have Twitter accounts….

  62. axespray says: May 4, 2011 6:38 PM

    THE GOVERNMENT CREATED TWEETER!!!!
    -Ka-Durrh!?!?
    Look at the facts people!
    -ka-durrh!?
    WAKE UP! They’re Brain Washing us!
    -Ka-durrh!?
    Building seven and Lizard people!
    -ka-durrh!?
    Truth movement’s sensativitie towards Families of 9/11 victims
    -KA-DURHHH!?!?!?

  63. pilonflats says: May 4, 2011 6:44 PM

    Mendenhall + Clark = DUUUUUUUHHHHH

  64. timegambit says: May 4, 2011 6:48 PM

    It could be worse.

    I picture Pac Man Jones asking “Who’s Osama Bin Laden? And why do we hate him because his birthday is on 9-11?”

    Wrong thought is better than no thought at all.

  65. kingjoe1 says: May 4, 2011 6:52 PM

    I agree with Clarke, Facebook, Twitter and the like are detrimental to society as a whole. The posts on these sites are like tattoos; they are a permenant reminder of a temporary feeling. With that, they need to be used more judicially. While these tools are providing an easy opportunity for people say something they regret, they are akin to a gun. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
    Those who decide to post must be more aware and mature about what statements they are making and how that will reflect on their jons, families and themselves. So bottomline, these social media outlets are affording people the opportunities to ruin their lives.
    The question remains can more good than harm come from these media tools?

  66. ajtexans says: May 4, 2011 6:55 PM

    I think stupid people are ruining the world at a faster rate than technology.

  67. contract says: May 4, 2011 6:56 PM

    Mendenhall would actually benefit from being released. He’d earn more as a free agent than he’s earning on his rookie deal.

  68. bobhk says: May 4, 2011 7:06 PM

    Clark’s message? “My first reaction to it really is that social media is ruining the world.”
    ————————-
    Clark is quite clueless. Social media just gave irresponsible people an avenue to make asses of themselves on a bigger stage than before.

  69. granadosm says: May 4, 2011 7:09 PM

    Hey no one is forcing Mendenhall to have a facebook and twitter account. If you don’t want to participate dont. But don’t go blaming the media when you say something idiotic.

  70. Deb says: May 4, 2011 7:54 PM

    akismet-c7ced78fa0ffb62cf23382e052305f29 says:
    I wonder if the Steelers take the team bus to their MENSA meetings or show up individually?

    If you could get into a MENSA meeting, maybe you’d know.

  71. sc5000 says: May 4, 2011 8:18 PM

    The timing of his statement was really bad, the victims of that tragedy had been waiting a long time to get some closure for their loss. Still, I refuse to be naive enough to think our government didn’t have something to do with 9/11. How does anyone explain how WTC building 7 came down? It wasn’t hit by a plane, it went down demolition style. Only a fool would believe that was a coincidence…

  72. joelvis72 says: May 4, 2011 8:21 PM

    Social media allows me to see my ex-girlfriends, now milfs, in bikinis and other alluring modes of dress.

  73. tatum064 says: May 4, 2011 8:28 PM

    bobhk says: May 4, 2011 7:06 PM

    Clark’s message? “My first reaction to it really is that social media is ruining the world.”
    ————————-
    Clark is quite clueless. Social media just gave irresponsible people an avenue to make asses of themselves on a bigger stage than before.
    =================
    Social media just gave Mendenhall a channel to voice his opinion on a very valid topic with some consensus, but not necessarily unanimity. It was not well thought out, but it was genuine. Clark was even more clueless to react in such a manner, as if “social media” is ruining a person’s first amendment right. What is censoring or apologizing going to do? Its a valid statement, when we actually dont know both sides of a story. Mendenhall is to be commended, not for his words, but for his intent – he will get much grief about this, but several athletes before him had legitimate political concerns. Whether or not twitter is the correct venue doesnt matter.

  74. mulefunk says: May 4, 2011 8:41 PM

    Just by looking at this thread I see that Clark is correct.

    A person’s opinion is just that. Opinion.
    It’s the same as yours and many on here are just as dumb as Mendenhall is thought to be.

  75. jo3jo says: May 4, 2011 8:45 PM

    Clark is right in that Mendenhall is entitled to his opinion. He is wrong in suggesting that we shouldn’t stigmatize Mendenhall for it. Saying he doubted that airplanes took out the world trade center sounds an awful like those folks who doubt the Holocaust occurred.

    I think professional athletes have to realize that when you hold yourself out as an NFL player you are taking on a role model role. Kids are buying jerseys with your name, and showing up to your signing events because they idolize you. You owe them better than tweeting stupidity. If you can’t help it, at least get a not so messed up teammate censor the offensive stuff. You are on a team that is playing in a patriotic game on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and for whatever reason you want to make the world think you hate america. The Steelers have their share of embarrassing players, but even they have to realize you stepped in it pretty deep here. If I was your teammate, I’d be pretty annoyed at you. This country, that made you a wealthy, famous person, expects you to at least have some semblance of loyalty. Our victory is your victory. Get with the program or move to Afghanistan and let the Taliban buy you that escalade.

  76. broncobourque says: May 4, 2011 8:55 PM

    I don’t agree with Mendenhall in a lot of the things he says but at least he has an opinion and voices it. He is also able to intelligently articulate his opinions which is more than I can say for a lot of athletes. He does need to realize that what he posts on Twitter is going to be scrutinized but at the same time what he said in this case wasn’t that bad.

    I was happy when I found out Osama bin Laden was killed but I did feel a little bit empty for feeling that way.

    “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only Love can do that.”
    –Martin Luther King, Jr

    As for his comments on 9-11, I don’t agree with them but he is not the first to question whether the towers fell solely because of the planes. It is not unreasonable for some to question that even if he is incorect.

    At the end of the day I hope Mendenhall keeps expressing himself as he pleases and doesn’t worry about the negative press it gets him sometimes. There used to be a time when athletes didn’t worry about whether something they said was contorversial, they would have opinions on politics, wars and plenty of other issues just like the rest of society. I would rather have more guys like Mendenhall than just have a bunch of corporate yes men in football pads.

  77. Wisconsin77 says: May 4, 2011 9:01 PM

    Mendenhall is the epitome of what being young, rich, and ignorant is. The guy has yet to experience the real world. I can’t wait until he is out of the league and broke, which is going to happen eventually. He also blew any chance of a post-career job in the media.

    Mendenhall just replaced Vick as the most despised player in the NFL. He just Dixie Chicks’d himself.

  78. albigverg says: May 4, 2011 9:23 PM

    First off… One of the reasons I am proud to be an american is that this country values an individuals right and freedom of speech. With that said regardless if you agree with what R Mend had to say he has all the right to voice his opinion. Anybody that doesn’t respect or atleast grant a person the freedom of having their own opinion should be considered ignorant and unpatriotic. Secondly Just because you question the official version of the events of 9/11 DOESNT mean you justify what happened or are on the Terrorist side. There are plenty of 9/11 Victim’s relatives who are a part of the truth movement. In fact if it wasn’t for the pleas of the families of 9/11 VICTIMS there wouldnt even be an official ivestigation of the tragedy. Does that mean they hate their family? Before you begin to have an opinion on anything in life you should do some kind of research. If 9/11 is such a touchy subject to you then atleast go and get informed about it and dont let ” ur an idiot” or “your a moron” be your only response to the subject. From what he writes this seems to be a very insightful and intelligent young man. I Especially AGREE with him when he mentions the celebrating. I was emberrassed to be american sunday. We are supposed to be the best Nation on Earth. Save the celebrating for when our troops come back safe from overseas. I may not have lost a loved one but I have family fighting overseas and i know that Bin Ladens death does not bring them home, nor does it make us safer. Its a known fact that Sheik Muhammad was the true 9/11 MASTERMIND. Did people go and celebrate when our troops blew him up?? Stop being dumb sheeps to the media. Do some reading or if you dont want to read stick to football talk and STFU!! Osama Bin Laden didnt value our freedom of speech or anything else that we inherit as americans. He hated it. Apperantly some of you share the same views as OBL.

  79. albigverg says: May 4, 2011 9:41 PM

    mataug-
    “I think a lot of people agree and can relate on the celebration point. The 911 conspiracy theory has no basis in fact. Yes, question your government, however don’t turn around and believe an unverifiable sources fairytales, half truths and outright lies as gospel. What kind of reasoning is that? Jet Fuel on fire is as hot as the fire in a steel mill. It can melt steel and concrete which caused the collapse of the upper floors down onto the bottom floors. A demolition occurs from the bottom up.”
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    The FACT is our government has a track record of lying to the Public. Most recently With the WMD’s alligation agains Iraq ( Still at war over 5000 casualties), In the 90s the waco scandal. In the 80s the iran contra dealings ( Countless dead in the Crack ERA). These are all FACTS and truths admitted by our own government only after brave reporters stuck to their stories. All were scrutinized and some died for it. N Mineta testified in Congress that Cheney knew the pentagon was gonna get hit and told the air force to stand down ( 125 victims).. These are FACTS.. Im not saying the kid is right. Just saying its not out line to question our govmt do to their track record. Do some reading and get educated before you judge another mans intelligence.

  80. mulefunk says: May 4, 2011 9:44 PM

    Or this is just another distraction to keep you from thinking that your gas is going to be $4.00 .

  81. oldbyrd says: May 4, 2011 9:46 PM

    As I see it, and Im no Obama fan , the only thing we did wrong was…..We should have rapped the bastards body in a pig blanket.

  82. 2blackaces says: May 4, 2011 11:18 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    May 4, 2011 9:01 PM
    Mendenhall is the epitome of what being young, rich, and ignorant is. The guy has yet to experience the real world. I can’t wait until he is out of the league and broke, which is going to happen eventually. He also blew any chance of a post-career job in the media.

    Mendenhall just replaced Vick as the most despised player in the NFL. He just Dixie Chicks’d himself.

    Oh wait I forgot, we did find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?! So the thousands of soliders who died there or were permantely injured, and billions of dollars spent there were worthwhile? Yea…maybe not so much, so does that mean the dixie chicks were right about what they said?
    Call me crazy but I think we as people have more important issues to focus on besides what Mendenhall said.

  83. 00reo says: May 4, 2011 11:33 PM

    Social media is ruining the world? Egypt says hi

  84. vikesfan024 says: May 4, 2011 11:57 PM

    I can’t decide who is more of a moron..Mendy or this Jack A$$?

    That comment earlier about the press conference is classic. Twitter and facebook are public forums people!

    Note to all NFL players (and others): When you you log into your social media accounts, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Imagine you are in a room and on stage. There are microphones in front of your face and the room is filled with reporters from every news media outlet in the world. Ok…..now concentrate….DON’T SAY ANYTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE THE AVERAGE PERSON TO QUESTION YOUR INTELLIGENCE!

    My mouth ruined my life. I told everyone I know that I am stealing from my employer, not paying my taxes, cheating on my wife, and killing 2-3 people a week. Mouths are ruining the world!

  85. mick730 says: May 5, 2011 12:17 AM

    What Clark really means is that social media is going to remove any doubts that remain that the vast majority of NFL players, while able to walk, even run, and breathe at the same time, are nonetheless, morons.

  86. Canyonero says: May 5, 2011 12:27 AM

    Wis77 there’s no WAY Mendenhall is now “the most despised player in the NFL.”

  87. grandpoopah says: May 5, 2011 2:13 AM

    “It’s not Rock Science, for cryin out loud.”

    I love how some of the stupidest, most useless losers on earth call other, far more successful people “stupid,” while butchering the English language. Rock Science. Seriously? How much meth did your mom smoke while nursing you?

  88. CKL says: May 5, 2011 2:56 AM

    Deb says: May 4, 2011 5:42 PM

    When I worked in corporate communications, material intended for the public was vetted to ensure the company produced a cohesive message. All calls from the media were referred to press officers. Those are standard operating procedures in companies. Why should the NFL be any different?
    _____________________________________
    I can top that. We had all that, and also the warning that we were not to discuss company business in a non-company pubic setting…ever. Or company was over the top concerned with image. Funny that some of those same people who made those rules were the ones who ultimately doomed our company with their lying, thieving, greed and chicanery. Since that was all done in private though…it was all good.

    I agree with the posters who said loss of personal responsibility is to blame for a lot of things these days.
    There is no “OMG I WAS JUST VENTING” type excuse when you deliberately type something on an online medium and have a chance to review it before you hit “submit”.

  89. Steeler's Will says: May 5, 2011 6:42 AM

    Oh My Gawd. 6 Mendenhall stories are now available for viewing and easy retrieval over in the “most commented” section. Since Monday. Well done PMT.

  90. sneaky1632 says: May 5, 2011 7:57 AM

    Wow, how many jackwagons play for this team. If the steelers were not the most hated team in pro sports they are now. Good job Rooney.

  91. adogdc says: May 5, 2011 9:02 AM

    “Then again, in light of the content that the controversy has provided during what otherwise would have been a very slow week, maybe we don’t.

    =====================================

    And this statement shows he really doesn’t care about what’s real and it’s all about his $$$ in his pockets while everyone continues to feed it.

  92. macjacmccoy says: May 5, 2011 12:27 PM

    “I don’t see this as a legal issue. Rashard Mendenhall wasn’t the guy on those planes. Rashard Mendenhall was not wreaking havoc and terrorizing our American people.”

    Your right he wasnt but Rashard Mendenhall doesnt believe there was guys on those planes wreaking havoc and terrorizing Americans. Or at the very least he believes the goverment got guys to to volunteer to committ sucide by running a plane into a building so they could have an excuse to blow it up. Or he believes that they flew the plane into the towers by remote control . Even though they would stll need people ready to die for the govt bc someone would still have to actively take control of the passengers. Or maybe they jumped out before it crashed or the terrorists were really robots. Or maybe he believes no one was really on that plane and the govt. killed all the people who were suppose to be on it then they remote controlled it into the towers. Or maybe all the passengers were part of the conspiracy and work for the govt. And all the people who were on the plane that crash in PA. who made the calls from the plane and fought off the hijackers where in on it too. But that would mean the people they called would have to be in the conspiracy also. Or maybe they werent in on it and they really did fight off guys on board but if that happened then we are back to the govt. having to find guys who are willing to committ sucide for them bc someone would have to play the terrorist take over the plane and crash it.

    Come on man these are the things that would have had to have happened if it wasnt terrorists and really was the goverment. Mendenhall and people like him are complete fools. They have no respect for the families who lost loved ones. Saying that the building was demolished and not knocked down is the same thing as saying that some of the people who died that day were involved. Because there is no way that any other scenerio other then the 1 that really happened could have happened without the people on those planes being involved in conspiracy.

    Mendenhall and everyone who agrees with or sticks up for him should be ashamed of there selves and pray that they are never put in a situation where there loved ones die and people start accusing them of being at fault. Because no one would deserve it more then him and his supporters.

  93. dmobey says: May 7, 2011 10:49 AM

    Of course you do.

    Pittsburgh fans always think rape is OK as long as it’s done by one of “theirs”.

    =================================
    oldbyrd says:
    May 4, 2011 9:46 PM
    As I see it, and Im no Obama fan , the only thing we did wrong was…..We should have RAPPED the bastards body in a pig blanket.

  94. dmobey says: May 7, 2011 10:57 AM

    Agree.

    They also shouldn’t have motorcycles.

    They shouldn’t be allowed to drink regardless of age.

    They shouldn’t have zippers so it would be more difficult to rape.

    Hey Deb, what other “corporate precautions” do you think are necessary so the world doesn’t see that the Steelers are a team full of worthless POS?

    After all, that’s the goal, right?

    Not to correct the problem, but to cover it up?

    ===================================
    Deb says:
    May 4, 2011 5:42 PM
    When I worked in corporate communications, material intended for the public was vetted to ensure the company produced a cohesive message. All calls from the media were referred to press officers. Those are standard operating procedures in companies. Why should the NFL be any different?

    Players should not have Twitter accounts. Sit-down interviews with the press should be okayed by the team. That way you don’t have players announcing they’re going to wake up and break the substance abuse policy. And you don’t have your idiot QB trying to offset his randy reputation by declaring his religious abstinence.

    Belichick has the right idea. Teams need to be focused on football, not cleaning up the stupid left behind by players who have no filters.

  95. pizzon says: May 8, 2011 12:21 PM

    his point of view obviously isnt the majority here or a lot of places but he is entitled to his opinion. what I find so funny is how people over react to something that someone says that isnt inline to their way way of thinking. Clark has it wrong social media isnt going to be the one to ruin this country its political correctness. I for one dont think that them planes alone brought down those towers. especially since 2 family members of mine were their and told me things they heard and saw that tend to lend credence to what mendenhall was saying. also exhaustive investigating has shown this wasnt as open and shut as we were told. all I am saying is unless you have read and understand the nonsense that we were told dont shoot from the hip and say the guy is just running his mouth because actually there is evidence that supports some of his claims. some people here are just very niave and think that their government would never lie to them when actually they just dont give a damn about you.

  96. peanutbutter&jelly says: May 11, 2011 10:06 AM

    i did not like mendenhal’s comments but what i do love is that he has the right to say them as do the rest of us.and as far as clark’s commets i believe he’s wrong about teams not having to honor contracts it’s the players who sign multi year deals and then turn around and hold out for more money or demand trades or cry & whine because they aren’t getting what another player is getting. it’s the players who never want to live up to the terms of the contact not the team,the team’s will cut unproductive players but they sill have to pay guarenteed money & bonus money to the players i don’t see players giving any money back when they flop

  97. adfgerfg says: Mar 20, 2012 11:48 AM

    Please don’t tell me I’m the only person who thinks this is absolutely insane… Mendenhall has a right to whatever opinion he has and he can say whatever he wants on HIS Twitter account. Then again I forget about the herds of idiot lemmings that follow celebrities, overanalysing and criticizing every little thing they say.

    Honestly, the people who “lash out” at Mendenhall for speaking HIS OWN opinion need to get a life. Guess what people. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, you have no say in it, so get off your high horse you sanctimonious pricks!

    At this point, I agree with Clark. Social networking is ruining the world. Speak your voice and get absolutely slammed by hundreds of people who think they’re more important and matter more than anyone else… Before, it was media and people bashing opinions amongst themselves. Now thanks to social networking you can bash their opinions to them.

    No matter how much someones opinion “angers” you or whatever, it’s their opinion, it shouldn’t matter to you unless you are for some reason, obsessed and codependent with this person. Just think about it, you get pissed off over someone’s opinion. Why? What does it matter? When will it ever matter? Does their opinion somehow hurt your life? Here’s the correct answers to those questions: It doesn’t matter, it will never matter, and it doesn’t hurt you. If you think otherwise, you are insane and need professional help. Simple as that.

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