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Hines Ward: Rashard Mendenhall should re-think his opinions

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Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall stepped into one of the biggest controversies of this NFL offseason when he went on Twitter and questioned whether Osama bin Laden was behind 9/11, while criticizing those who celebrated bin Laden’s death. Teammate Hines Ward thinks Mendenhall should have kept quiet.

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” Ward told ESPN. “But that wasn’t a good opinion.”

Mendenhall’s bizarre claim that hijacked planes couldn’t have destroyed the World Trade Center was, indeed, a bad opinion. At this point, we’d hope that goes without saying.

But Ward also had some interesting comments on the way Twitter has changed sports: Athletes have a thought pop into their heads and they tweet their thought, even if it’s not a thought that it’s wise for them to broadcast publicly.

“If that’s your opinion leave it as your opinion,” Ward said. “When you tweet that out there, you have to deal with the backlashes that come with that. You put everybody out there because everywhere we go we get asked questions about the comments you made. When you tweet like that, you’ve got to be careful. I’m not a big tweeter because sometimes your emotions get caught up, you speak your mind and it’s not always the best thing to say.”

That’s a lesson Mendenhall learned the hard way.

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72 Responses to “Hines Ward: Rashard Mendenhall should re-think his opinions”
  1. steelerlady43 says: May 11, 2011 4:51 PM

    Ya think??????

  2. dallascowboysfanatic says: May 11, 2011 4:52 PM

    Well said. thats all i have to say.

  3. trigdaddy says: May 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    Im guessing he watched Zeigeist

  4. trigdaddy says: May 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    Im guessing he watched Zeitgeist

  5. siggy00 says: May 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    Hines has the biggest yap in the Steelers locker room. He should heed his own advice and keep quiet.

  6. animal30 says: May 11, 2011 4:57 PM

    Mendenhall had his tinfoil hat on when he tweeted that.

  7. riverhorsey says: May 11, 2011 4:57 PM

    Ward is a pretty smart guy.

  8. lionsmaverick says: May 11, 2011 4:58 PM

    There shouldnt be so much gravity on a person’s social networking account.
    Has the NFL offseason really come to this???

  9. thevillain112 says: May 11, 2011 5:01 PM

    Damn it Hines, you make it harder and harder to hate you when you keep making intelligent comments…

  10. jgrange says: May 11, 2011 5:02 PM

    Hines Ward should mind his own business. You can’t say everyone is entitled to their opinion and then insult the opinion 2 seconds later. I wouldn’t call Hines Ward intelligent, I think square is the label you’re looking for.

  11. benh999 says: May 11, 2011 5:03 PM

    Am I the only one who didn’t think his comments were that big of a deal? Frankly, I agree that dancing in the streets because someone else died, even a mortal enemy, is beyond tasteless.

    I think the “truther” stuff is a little silly, but Mendenhall is hardly alone in those beliefs.

  12. macgee10 says: May 11, 2011 5:07 PM

    Obviously Mendenhall should have kept mouth shut because 9/11 is still a touchy subject right now. It’s not the first time though that someone has questioned an event in American history.

  13. t1mmy10 says: May 11, 2011 5:10 PM

    And that’s why ward is my fav player and mendenhall’s the guy who lost us the superbowl

  14. rpiotr01 says: May 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    No, I’m not convinced Mendelhall has learned any lesson at all.

  15. digirootune says: May 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    Rashard Mendenhall: Hines Ward should re-think his foxtrot

  16. jhorton83 says: May 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    Well, yeah. He’s an idiot as are most foilhats. But he is entitled to his opinions. And unfortunately he feels compelled to share those with the world. That’s why if I were running a team, one of the first things I would do is ban players from using Twitter or at the very least make sure that the PR department has to review everything that goes out. This Twitter era has to be a complete nightmare for owners and agents.

  17. jlinatl says: May 11, 2011 5:12 PM

    Intelligent, well reasoned opinion.

    If there is another rookie symposium, Ward could make a very credible speaker on the subject… current player the rookies might respect enough to actually absorb the message. The problem is the recipients are still 20-22 year old males.

  18. adogdc says: May 11, 2011 5:13 PM

    Money, Money, Money….is all this is about.

  19. nyjalleffingday says: May 11, 2011 5:15 PM

    I don’t think he should re-think his opinions, per se, just his opinion on tweeting his opinions, especially ones bound to be unpopular. I don’t believe in that conspiracy crap, but there is nothing wrong with being wary of the government. They’ve certianly earned the mistrust.

  20. tk1966 says: May 11, 2011 5:15 PM

    siggy00 says: May 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    Hines has the biggest yap in the Steelers locker room.

    ____________________________________

    I’m wondering what kind of access siggy has to the Steelers locker room to know this. Is he a reporter? Equipment manager? Towel-boy? Peeping-tom/pervert?

  21. pixelito says: May 11, 2011 5:18 PM

    How exactly do you tell someone what their opinion should be? He’s allowed to have his opinion, but ONLY if it’s the same one as mine?

    What??????????????????

  22. 3yardsndust says: May 11, 2011 5:22 PM

    When Mendenhall retires, he can tweet all the crazy anti-American things he wants. Until then, he’s a high-profile employee of a multi-million-dollar corporation and his public statements in any forum will bring attention to that corporation – either positively or negatively. Employees of any corporation have limited rights and many responsibilities. High-profile employees who work in the public sphere, as star athletes do, have even more responsibilities when it comes to their personal behavior and public statements. They are HIGHLY compensated for this, and most of them understand the trade-off.

  23. dirtydrynn27 says: May 11, 2011 5:24 PM

    Mendenhall should`nt have said this??? Oh really,I thought that freedom of speech was the American way!!!!…..He spoke his mind and I agree with him……Lets see now Its ok for Rothlisberger to rape a woman but its not ok to talk about 911…..This is waaaayyy stooopid!!!!!

  24. brettto73 says: May 11, 2011 5:27 PM

    I hate the Steelers but I love Hines Ward.

  25. beastofeden says: May 11, 2011 5:28 PM

    You need more proof? The passport of the supposed “ringleader” Mohammed Atta, somehow managed to survive the explosion, inferno, and smoldering collapse to be oh-so-conveniently found on the streets below. Yes, A PASSPORT IN THE AIRPLANE SURVIVED…..

    BUT THE BLACK BOX DIDN’T…….

    Hmmm, you don’t need a tinfoil hat to call that fishy.

    But yeah, you guys are right. America!! USA USA USA, the country that can do no wrong. The US government wouldn’t dare be involved in something like this.

    Props to Mendenhall

  26. trbowman says: May 11, 2011 5:33 PM

    Rashard Mendenhall got a new fan.

  27. Deb says: May 11, 2011 5:36 PM

    @jgrange …

    Hines should mind his own business? Did you even bother to read the article? It is his business because, as he plainly said, when one team member tweets something controversial, the others are constantly asked to comment on it. So he’s dragged them into the drama because he couldn’t keep his opinion to himself or within his close circle but had to share it with the world. It’s childish to think you can spout off about anything anytime and never face consequences.

  28. pervyharvin says: May 11, 2011 5:37 PM

    No sh*t Sherlock.

  29. hokiez says: May 11, 2011 6:01 PM

    lionsmaverick says:
    May 11, 2011 4:58 PM
    There shouldnt be so much gravity on a person’s social networking account.

    ______________________

    Except …
    1. This guy works in Pittsburgh. Guess where one of the four planes hijacked crashed. Not too far from Pittsburgh.
    2. He has the gall to question whether the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center could bring it down. I am pretty sure Mendenhall say some footage from 9-11, either live or sometime in the last decade, so he should know that they did.
    3. He put his opinion on the internet.

    I can personally tell Mendenhall that the Twin Towers are not there anymore if he has any doubts.

    You act surprised that people are pissed with Mendenhall.

  30. nfl25 says: May 11, 2011 6:02 PM

    U ever hear the saying, “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”? well that’s what bin laden and his boys did to the weak mined Americans. THEY ARE TERRORISTS

  31. nfl25 says: May 11, 2011 6:05 PM

    Minded not mined

  32. kindbass says: May 11, 2011 6:12 PM

    Does anyone actually care what Rashard “Household Name” Mendenhall thinks anyways? Not exactly an influential person we’re talking about here.

  33. kadavenskd says: May 11, 2011 6:18 PM

    Anyone affected by 9/11 was completely justified in celebrating the death of that terrorist prick. What people forget is that he didn’t just kill Americans…he killed thousands of his own people…Saudis, Yemenis, Afghans etc. He sullied his religion, his people, his name and his own family. Whether or not to celebrate someone’s death is a a personal question. Just don’t be stupid enough to question someone else’s right to do so.

  34. juststeel says: May 11, 2011 6:19 PM

    Just hold on to the damn ball and stifle it.

  35. wholelottacrazygoingon says: May 11, 2011 7:14 PM

    And away we go.

  36. lonedutchman says: May 11, 2011 7:15 PM

    To all football players.. Play the game (and don’t drop the ball in the third quarter of the superbowl). I’ll follow my own moral compass without your input.

  37. chuckcecil says: May 11, 2011 7:41 PM

    You know what’s really bizarre? A sports writer (read: Michael David Smith) opining on anything to do with physics or engineering.

    You know what else is bizarre? A 47 story building collapsing into its own footprint at free fall acceleration (WT7), impossible without simultaneously removal of all support columns, something fire can’t do.

    Makes you wonder….unless of course you’re a Truster and are afraid of the truth. Then it just gives you an uneasy feeling that you wash away with a quick “thumbs down”.

    Cowards.

    http://ae911truth.org

  38. jgrange says: May 11, 2011 7:45 PM

    Hey, Deb. It’s not his business at all. Hines could’ve been a mature adult and said that was his teammate’s opinion and not his. He doesn’t have an opinion on what his teammate’s believe nor does he want to answer any more questions about it. He could’ve politely said, “I’m not answering questions about what my teammates say on their personal accounts on the internet.” Instead, he couldn’t resist flapping his gums creating a potential rift in the locker room whenever they get back together and possibly ruining team chemistry. It’s childish to assume posters didn’t read the article that they are commenting on just because you disagree with what they say. Care to try again?

  39. ravensfan4life52 says: May 11, 2011 7:45 PM

    I love this only if it causes tension in the steeler’s locker room, which it probably won’t. but Heinz, who are you to judge what is and isn’t a good opinion? in the end both players should shut up and play football…and hopefully loose, to at least the Ravens :)

  40. t1mmy10 says: May 11, 2011 7:45 PM

    funny thing about all the ppl who call ward a hypocrite is that they’re the real hypocrites.

    mendenhall expressed his OPINION that he didn’t like a lot of americans’ OPINIONS & the way they were expressing themselves. those americans expressed their OPINIONS that they didn’t like mendenhall’s opinion. ward then expressed his OPINION that he didn’t like mendenhall’s opinion. now you’re saying you don’t like ward’s opinion.

    so basically you haters don’t like others’ opinions if it doesn’t agree with yours…just like ward and the rest of us. yet you’re crying “freedom of speech” & claiming that mainstream is obtuse, when what you really mean is you want to say whatever you want about our opinions, but we wouldn’t allowed to disagree with you.

  41. nola5712 says: May 11, 2011 8:09 PM

    “Mendenhall’s bizarre claim that hijacked planes couldn’t have destroyed the World Trade Center was, indeed, a bad opinion. At this point, we’d hope that goes without saying.”

    actually it’s not bizarre. and actually i’m not a sheep so it doesn’t go without saying. the towers weren’t brought down by jets. they were brought down by controlled demolitions. and that’s not OPINION, it’s FACT.

  42. cunningstunts96 says: May 11, 2011 8:12 PM

    Yeah, since believing one of the most controversial ideas with evidence that raises many eyebrows is a “bad” opinion.

    Not saying I necessarily believe it was an inside job, but I do find it hilarious how the media castrates ANYBODY who does believe that. I’m sorry, I forgot the part of my First Amendment right that said, “Freedom of speech- except about 9/11″.

    Get over yourselves, media outlets. The guy had an opinion. The only issue with his expression is that it’s an extremely touchy and polarizing subject. Other than that, who cares? Ward’s been known to say some dumb s*** in the past, and now he’s apparently a genius?

    Pick a side. Stay on it. But don’t chastise others for being on the opposite one.

  43. goldsteel says: May 11, 2011 8:34 PM

    Life is for learning. I have no doubt that Rashard has been rethinking the entire episode.

  44. pylonprophet says: May 11, 2011 8:40 PM

    dirtydrynn27 says:
    May 11, 2011 5:24 PM
    Mendenhall should`nt have said this??? Oh really,I thought that freedom of speech was the American way!!!!…..He spoke his mind and I agree with him……Lets see now Its ok for Rothlisberger to rape a woman but its not ok to talk about 911…..This is waaaayyy stooopid!!!!!

    ________________________

    I generally try not to insult, but the fact that the person that typed the above post is absolutely amazing. What does expressing a negative opinion about another person’s opinion have anything to do with repressing freedom of speech? As a matter of fact, it is a perfect study in freedom of speech. If you going to defend the moronic statements of an tin foil hat wearing, unintelligent athlete you should at least do it on proper grounds.

  45. abninf says: May 11, 2011 8:41 PM

    beastofeden says: May 11, 2011 5:28 PM

    You need more proof? The passport of the supposed “ringleader” Mohammed Atta, somehow managed to survive the explosion, inferno, and smoldering collapse to be oh-so-conveniently found on the streets below. Yes, A PASSPORT IN THE AIRPLANE SURVIVED…..

    BUT THE BLACK BOX DIDN’T…….

    Hmmm, you don’t need a tinfoil hat to call that fishy.
    —————————————————

    You didn’t need a tinfoil hat to see the plane hit the building on live television.

  46. charliekennedy says: May 11, 2011 9:08 PM

    Rashard is entitled to his opinion, so his Hines.

    As we all are entitled. I think the govt lied to get us into many wars – Span/Amer war (the U.S.S. Maine), WW1 (Lusitania), WW2 (Pearl Harbor), Vietnam (Gulf of Tonkin), Iraq: Part Duex (9/11).

    I think a rogue element within the CIA killed JFK.

    I think Trig is not Sarah Palin’s kid.

    I’m just happy to see an NFL player who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. No matter what you think of his opinions.

  47. buzzbissinger says: May 11, 2011 9:25 PM

    This is a stellar example of things wrong with this society today; people think that they can say the most inflamatory things, and then lo and behold the next day recant.

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

  48. frankvzappa says: May 11, 2011 9:40 PM

    the only bizarre claim is that 3 steel reinforced towers can collapse from 2 planes and a few small fires…its an impossibility, anybody criticizing Mendenhall is just supporting fascism…

  49. frankvzappa says: May 11, 2011 9:44 PM

    just because a plane hits a tower doesnt mean that is the reason it collapsed…again, the government story is impossible

  50. colenutt7 says: May 11, 2011 9:52 PM

    Props to Mendenhall, I too am now a new fan.
    You guys bash on a man for speaking his voice, which in my opinion is right on the money. You stupis americans think that your own people wouldn’t do this in order to wage war on another country. Theres a web site where a team of engineers proved the towers couldn’t fall from 2 plane’s hitting them and if you think they could go back to grade 12 physics and learn something.
    Go Lions

  51. kevpft says: May 11, 2011 10:21 PM

    “At this point, we’d hope that goes without saying.”

    And yet you keep saying it, and saying it, in post after post after post about a topic which hasn’t changed since the day after it appeared.

    It’s been a week since his “clarification”, and you’re still posting about other people talking about a week-old Twitter post?

    There’s nothing wrong with what Mendenhall said. If someone doesn’t like it, that’s their problem. He didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t slander anyone, didn’t accuse anyone.

    So everyone can quit casting the first stone and respect his freedom of speech. Save the outrage for words that actually hurt someone – instead of this nebulous “outrage” which really has no reasonable cause.

  52. kevpft says: May 11, 2011 10:26 PM

    While I don’t personally believe the whole “truther” conspiracy, I think it’s important for everyone here to admit that none of us know what really happened on 9/11. Everything we “know” is just what we’ve heard people tell us on the TV and radio and internet, and we’ve been satisfied with that story for no reason other than it’s what they’re telling us, and none of us have any direct evidence of anything.

    This is not the same thing as saying that the official story is all a lie. It is saying that what we call “truth” is something we accept on a lot of faith. It’s all second-hand.

    My personal belief is that we know a lot of what happened on that day, but we also don’t know a lot. If anyone thinks that the government and corporate media have told us the whole story about something as stunning and out-of-place as the events of that day, well, your world view is a lot simpler than mine.

  53. kevpft says: May 11, 2011 10:28 PM

    Ward is just bitter that no one cared about his stint on Dancing With the Stars, unlike every other NFL player who preceded him.

  54. istateyourname says: May 11, 2011 10:36 PM

    Re-think his opinion? I didn’t hear Ward on ESPN, but nothing PFT wrote above suggests Ward said MendenBinLadin should re-think things, he’s just saying not to say such a thing in public because of the impact it has on team mates, ie Ward. So he’s not chastising him for thinking what he thinks, he’s chastizing him for the grief its causing himself.

  55. thefiesty1 says: May 11, 2011 11:30 PM

    Good advise. But it’s like peeing into the wind for people like Mendenhall. They never learn to put their brain in gear before opening their mouths.

  56. imjinbrdgr says: May 11, 2011 11:39 PM

    kevpft says

    “There’s nothing wrong with what Mendenhall said. If someone doesn’t like it, that’s their problem. He didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t slander anyone, didn’t accuse anyone. ”

    He didn’t hurt anyone??? How about the families of the 3000 people who were murdered by the evil lunatic he is defending. And by casting doubt on his guilt, he is defending him.

    Hopefully you and your buddy Mendenhall will be victims of the next terrorist attack then I can sit here and claim that I doubt that could have ever have happened, even though it was seen on live TV

  57. bcgreg says: May 11, 2011 11:56 PM

    He can have his opinion, but a couple of things about opinions.

    1. They should be based on fact, not speculation.

    2. If you put it out on the internet or make it public, just be prepared for any backlash wether it be people berating you or losing endorsement deals etc because not everyone will agree with you.

    You most certainly have a right to your opinion and to express it, but I also have the right to disagree, present facts, choose not to buy your jersey, or watch you on tv.

    I could care less what Sean Penn or Susan Sarandon or Tim Robbins or any other actor or athlete including Mendenhall has to say politically not because I disagree with them but because they are in no position of authority other than having the soap box called fame under them. I simply don’t go see their movies anymore or buy the jerseys. I won’t support them. Funny how those 3 careers dried up once they started spoutin off. Again, they have a right to say what they want, but I do too. Sarandon and Robbins even started whining when they heard the backlash. Sorry, but keep your mouth shut if you can’t face the music.

    Michael Jordan had the sense to keep his opinions to himself as he said “Republicans buy sneakers too.” No wonder his products still sell 8 years after his retirement.

    Mendenhall and all of you other conspiracy theorists need to wake up. I’m for smaller goverment, but I did my research to know that the government didn’t knock down the Towers or destroy the levees in New Orleans. Argue that foreign policy could have led to 9/11 or that the gov’t should have rebuilt the outdated levees. Fine. Stop with the “truther” crap. You’re the first ones to rip the “birthers”, yet you believe the “truther” nonsense. Go figure.

  58. Deb says: May 12, 2011 12:03 AM

    @jgrange …

    Hines explained why it was his business, so for you to say it wasn’t indicated you hadn’t read the article.

    I reiterated Hines’s explanation for why it was his business. You still seem unable to grasp the concept that players represent their organizations and their public comments affect their teammates.

    There, I’ve tried again. But since you couldn’t understand that simple concept the first two times, I don’t hold out hope that third time is the charm.

  59. laxer37 says: May 12, 2011 12:41 AM

    Just as I don’t care about a sociology professor’s professional sports views, i could care less about a pro athlete’s social views.

  60. dcbronco says: May 12, 2011 12:49 AM

    I personally don’t believe the government 9/11 story. Most Americans don’t. Poll after poll has shown that recently. So all of the tinhat stuff has to be coming from people wearing them. There are far too many holes in the story. No one is saying planes didn’t hit the building. But it is not possible that two planes did all of that damage. The Empire State Building was hit by a plane years ago. Still there. And if the impact of the plane knocked the fire retardant foam off of the steel, where’s the lawsuit. You would think the possibility of a plane hitting a skyscraper came up in product design. And what exactly hit Building 7? And managed to miss everything else. Like people have said, we saw the footage of the planes hitting. What I didn’t see was the debris that hit Building 7 and destroyed it. I only saw flames come out of the opposite side of where the planes struck. And when the buildings collapsed, the fire was gone. So again, what took out building 7 and missed the buildings between the Towers and Building 7.

  61. dickrummy says: May 12, 2011 3:50 AM

    Pretty nifty, Smith. All the feeble-minded authoritarian huffy-puff of your other Mendenhall posts–without all the words to yawn through.

  62. footballfan says: May 12, 2011 8:38 AM

    Hines Ward should mind his own business. You can’t say everyone is entitled to their opinion and then insult the opinion 2 seconds later. I wouldn’t call Hines Ward intelligent, I think square is the label you’re looking for.

    *********

    Yes you can… It is called freedom of speech!

  63. footballfan says: May 12, 2011 8:45 AM

    I personally don’t believe the government 9/11 story. Most Americans don’t. Poll after poll has shown that recently. So all of the tinhat stuff has to be coming from people wearing them. There are far too many holes in the story. No one is saying planes didn’t hit the building. But it is not possible that two planes did all of that damage. The Empire State Building was hit by a plane years ago. Still there. And if the impact of the plane knocked the fire retardant foam off of the steel, where’s the lawsuit. You would think the possibility of a plane hitting a skyscraper came up in product design. And what exactly hit Building 7? And managed to miss everything else. Like people have said, we saw the footage of the planes hitting. What I didn’t see was the debris that hit Building 7 and destroyed it. I only saw flames come out of the opposite side of where the planes struck. And when the buildings collapsed, the fire was gone. So again, what took out building 7 and missed the buildings between the Towers and Building 7.

    ********

    A B-17 hit the Empire State. They were a far cry smaller, lighter, slower, and carried way less fuel than a 767. Momentum kept the burning fuel moving through the building once the planes hit. Watch a car crash with fire and you will see the same thing.

    As for building 7, well the towers had just collapsed and it was on fire. Fire will melt steel!!

  64. bcgreg says: May 12, 2011 9:22 AM

    @ dcbronco

    You need to do some research. An original architect of the Towers said on one of those 9/11 documentaries that the Towers were designed to absorb a plane hitting them. The problem was that the planes that hit the Towers were larger than what was accounted for. The planes that hit the Towers didn’t exist when the Towers were designed.

    They were also fully fueled planes on cross country trips. If a plane is going from say Boston to Chicago, they do not top off the plane with fuel in order to make the plane lighter and use less fuel. Since the 9/11 flights were cross country flights, they were fully fueled. The terrorists targeted these flights for that reason. They knew there was more fuel to burn. Jet fuel burns hotter than regular gas. Steel melts when it gets real hot. There’s got to be a Steeler fan here who can attest to that.

    Ass.

  65. Deb says: May 12, 2011 9:57 AM

    @dcbronco …

    Took a course on polling in journalism school, and not all polls are created equal in terms of reliability. Internet polls are extremely unreliable. The most scientific polls on the subject–those with a +/-3 percent margin of error–do not show “most” Americans believing 9/11 conspiracy theories.

    But even if they did …

    At one point, all the world believed the earth was flat. That didn’t make it true.

  66. raiderinpa says: May 12, 2011 10:05 AM

    t1mmy10 says:
    May 11, 2011 5:10 PM
    And that’s why ward is my fav player and mendenhall’s the guy who lost us the superbowl
    ________________________
    You cant pin that loss on one play or one player… Your punks lost as a TEAM!!

    As for the whole 9/11 thing, Americans who think their own government was behind the attacks are basically siding with the terrorists. In addition, you are spitting in the faces of the families of those who perished. Dont like this country? Then get the F#$K out!!

    FYI, according to a Popular Mechanics publication: ‘Reality check for the Twilight Zoners: Federal investigators and experts believe a combination of massive damage from falling debris plus raging fires led to a progressive collapse of WTC 7, causing structural failures that brought the building down.’

  67. jgrange says: May 12, 2011 12:35 PM

    Deb, they’re in a lockout, therefore, they don’t represent anybody but themselves. People like you are too worried about the PC backlash, I see. Anybody with a lick of common sense would know that Mendenhall’s Twitter account isn’t a direct representation of the team’s opinions but maybe you can’t grasp that.

  68. silk32 says: May 12, 2011 1:00 PM

    Hines Ward must have read the advice for the Shock Exchange to help pro athletes deal with PR-related issues during the Internet age http://clicky.me/5DHN . Hines make sure you site the source next time you quote us.

  69. Deb says: May 12, 2011 6:34 PM

    Oh, jgrange, I’m not worried about PC anything. I’m a grownup and a business owner who understands I can’t just wander around spouting off about whatever I want in public because it will reflect back on my business. Professional football players are their own brand. Mendenhall hurt his brand. It’s cost him a corporate sponsorship. It’s annoyed teammates who are now being asked about something they don’t want to get dragged into. It’s annoyed team owners who don’t want to have to defend their patriotism to the public.

    Now if he’s got the maturity of a 12-year-old like you do, he can stamp his lil feet and insist there’s a lockout and we have freedom of speech and he can say what he wants–all of which is true. But the lockout is temporary, and if you piss off your teammates, owners, and fans, you can wind up being cut or traded to a place you don’t want to go. And like it or not, that is also true. He’ll just have to decide whether he wants to be a discrete adult or a petulant brat who speaks his mind regardless of the consequences. If it’s the latter, he’ll be another T.O.

  70. dickrummy says: May 12, 2011 7:52 PM

    Deb,

    You pose a false dilemma for Mendenhall, and all of us. Discretion isn’t just for capitalistic maximization–consider, “in the time of the tyrant, the wise man remains silent.” Also, “speak(ing) his mind,” contrary to your insinuation that he’s been a “petulant brat,” may well reflect his sense of honor and duty to express his convictions, “regardless of the consequences.”

    If the latter is more or less where he was coming from, I call that courage. Contrast that with the bluster and bravado of all the soiled shorts spilling all over here, presuming to speak for the 9/11 victims, their families and, I gather the putative ‘real Americans.’

    Mr. Mendenhall may or may not have done more research and thinking on the topic (and the ramifications of expressing his take) than most, but I rather suspect he was (intially, anyway) more concerned with the judgment of his God than anyone else.

  71. Deb says: May 12, 2011 10:51 PM

    dickrummy …

    The subject here is that Hines Ward said Mendenhall should think twice before speaking because when players speak out on controversial issues, the media harasses their teammates. jgrange said it was none of Ward’s business. I countered that it is his business because he’s one of the teammates being harassed. jgrange persisted that it’s none of Ward’s business. I said when you work for an organization and speak out, your comments have consequences for others than you. jgrange said it’s none of Ward’s business. I said when you work for a living, you have to think before opening your mouth.

    None of this conversation was about having the courage of your convictions. Neither was Mendenhall’s comment. I’ve had the courage of my convictions in situations much more precarious than the Twitter universe where just before he declared “We’ve only heard one side of the story” about bin Laden, he was waxing eloquent on why it’s important for women to go down on their men. He was not righteously proclaiming for his God before the pagans on Mars Hill. And I was not suggesting people hide their convictions. I was suggesting they think before they speak. Convictions are worthy of sacrifice. Rambling stupidly in public about random things you haven’t researched is not.

  72. jgrange says: May 13, 2011 4:51 PM

    Your logic contains holes. Mendenhall losing his Champion sponsor does not affect Hines Ward. You’re assuming it annoyed Hines Ward when he never mentioned being annoyed. You’re also assuming how other’s feel about this based on how you would feel. Your assumptions are subjectively based. You also somehow assume the maturity of a poster based on 2 comments you read from them which happen to disagree with you. You’re assuming this lockout is temporary. There is a possibility the lockout goes on for years and a lot of players move past their prime.

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