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Mendenhall moves forward in lawsuit over lost endorsement

Rashard Mendenhall AP

After Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall wrote on Twitter that no one should celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, and questioned whether the collapse of the World Trade Center towers was really caused by hijacked planes, the athletic apparel company Champion ended its sponsorship relationship with him. Mendenhall responded by filing a lawsuit, and a judge has now decided to let that lawsuit move forward.

Whether Mendenhall’s lawsuit against Hanesbrands, the parent company of Champion, will ultimately be successful is a long way down the road. But the judge has ruled that Mendenhall has a plausible claim that Hanesbrands breached its contract with Mendenhall.

The Hollywood Reporter says Mendenhall’s lawsuit is being watched closely in the entertainment industry, where many celebrities have endorsement deals that contain clauses stipulating that the celebrity can’t do anything that would make the company he endorses look bad. The result of Mendenhall’s lawsuit may make companies and celebrities re-think the wording of those contractual clauses.

And for Mendenhall, the judge’s ruling is a step toward making Champion pay him the rest of the money on his endorsement deal, even though it’s probably safe to say we won’t see him appearing in any Champion ads again.

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  1. tommyf15 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM

    This is a small victory against big corporations that are working to take away our freedom of speech.

    You signed the deal, Hanesbrands- now pay the man.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 24, 2012 2:29 PM

    His next big endoresement deals are with the makers of the Medic-Alert Bracelet and Summer’s Eve.

  3. bchapman2011 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    He deserved to lose his endorsement deal. People often get confused about free speech rights. You have the right to say whatever you want in this country but that does not mean that you will not face consequences in the private sector. This case should have been dismissed.

  4. steeelfann says: Apr 24, 2012 2:34 PM

    Once again, yet again, those with stupid big mouths are not made to be responsible for those stupid big mouths.

    No, Mendenhall, the towers actually blew over when a strong wind came by.

    Maybe if someone in your family had been on the plane, you may be more sensitive and have more common sense than a housefly. I don’t usually like to use the word moron, but………………you are more than just a young foolish guy on twitter.

    Must be nice to live in your safe, little shallow world.

  5. jenniferxxx says: Apr 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    The Founding Fathers were very explicit here. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who stipulated that the right of millionaire athletes to endorse products made in overseas sweatshops will not be infringed upon.

  6. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:39 PM

    Ok Mendenhall, surely you would be in favor of all of Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors redoing their deals with him right?

    I think that Rush was screwed as was Mendenhall but the difference is that the left-wing whackjobs mounted a campaign to pressure sponsors to drop Rush where no one pressured Champion.

    It is Champion’s right to fire Mendenhall if need be. The take away lesson is for athletes to keep their mouths shut until they retire.

  7. bobhk says: Apr 24, 2012 2:40 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM
    This is a small victory against big corporations that are working to take away our freedom of speech.

    You signed the deal, Hanesbrands- now pay the man.
    —–
    You must be the most clueless guy on this board.

    If you are hired to represent the company and you don’t do it according to the way they want you to, they have every right not to pay you.

    I’m sure his contract did not say that we’ll pay you regardless of what you say or do.

    He does have a right to say what he wants but Champion has a right to have him represent them or not.

    Most companies also write in their hiring documents that the employee will not disparage their employer.

  8. dryzzt23 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    Companies in the private sector don’t take away free speech rights, the GOVERNMENT does that (with help from the ACLU).

    Private sector businesses are just trying to survive this worsening economy so do not ever blame a private enterprise for exercising its rights.

  9. mistersmith22 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    So if this case sets a legal precedent, could we soon see the end of the NFL dictating player behavior via contract clauses? Far too many players are paying huge fines and missing games for things that have no bearing on their ability to play football. That needs to end.

  10. spartyfi says: Apr 24, 2012 2:42 PM

    Chapman, he’s not questioning their right to take away his endorsement, he’s questioning their ability to unilaterally cancel his contract and contracted money. Now, dependent on how the contract is written, he very well could win some money he is owed. But, NONE of us can say how it should or shouldn’t play out if we’re not privy to the contract in question.

    For stars, Companies are taking on a double edged sword when using them as endorsemers. They use them because everyone knows them and will listen which is the other half of the problem…when they speak, lots of people will hear and you may not like the results of what they say. This does not mean that the Companies can control every aspect of what their endorsers say and they definitely can not silence an opinion UNLESS they can show that it irreparably harms their brand (or whatever verbiage the contract uses)…which IMO Mendenhall’s statement does not.

  11. chawk12thman says: Apr 24, 2012 2:44 PM

    A counter suit would be worthy as Champion would have likely lost significant money and capital investment due to Mendenhall’s idiocy. At a bare minimum I hope Mendenhall ends up paying attorney fees and doesn’t get settlement/award.

  12. deucedropper says: Apr 24, 2012 2:44 PM

    I “celebrated” when Mendenhall fumbled away the Super Bowl a couple years back.

  13. wayne1693 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:45 PM

    I will be absolutely shocked if ultimately his words are not found to be–in some, way, shape or form–a breach of his endorsement deal. This is not a new issue, and damn smart company lawyers write these deals for their celebrity endorsers who more-than-sometimes turn out to be morons. I would love to get R.M. into a game with our Special Forces in Afghanistan! They could ask him up-close-and-personal whether his next endorsement deal is with an I.E.D manufacturer in Iran.

  14. rightwingguy says: Apr 24, 2012 2:45 PM

    Maybe he should keep his mouth shut, he represents that company and if they want to end it they have every right.

  15. amoses74 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:45 PM

    maybe he can get some new endorsements. how about “terrorist house of pancakes” or ” hijackers school of flight”

  16. seniorvideography says: Apr 24, 2012 2:52 PM

    This moron won’t see a dime. He’s only funding law groups. Oh and he’ll be out of football soon and filing bankrupt.

  17. Steeler's Will says: Apr 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    I don’t blame him for pursuing this. He’s on the downside of a less than stellar career as a running back in the NFL. Barring a huge standout season, I don’t see any teams giving him a huge contract that would set him up for life. Sucks to be a RB in the NFL nowadays, especially if you can’t keep your endorsements.

  18. chawk12thman says: Apr 24, 2012 2:54 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM
    This is a small victory against big corporations that are working to take away our freedom of speech.

    You signed the deal, Hanesbrands- now pay the man.

    ===============================
    Your close, but they really are trying to take away our $. It is called Capitalism. Thus, the problem……You can’t make money off Mendenhall when he thinks and makes inflammatory, Un-American statements like he did.

  19. latchbeam says: Apr 24, 2012 2:57 PM

    Here’s a hint… the likelihood of him winning this case is about equal to him shutting his mouth in the future. Don’t hold your breath celebrities!!

  20. txtroutslayer says: Apr 24, 2012 2:57 PM

    I was offended by what Mendenhall had to say. As a consumer it was then MY CHOICE to buy clothes from champion or not. Now that I see this punk ass is actually filing a lawsuit, I think I’m going to go out and buy a bunch from them tonight! Suck it Mendenhall you race baiting, conspiracy sucking moron!

  21. ravenator says: Apr 24, 2012 2:57 PM

    Hey Mendenhall, like most football players, you are a POS. Like most steeler fans, you are ignorant and underachieve. I can promise you though, the nightmares of Haloti Ngata will not stop. You will forever be haunted. Anyone who cheers for this man should take a long look at themselves in the mirror. I would never want this guy on my team. RIH.

  22. tommyf15 says: Apr 24, 2012 2:59 PM

    bobhk says: Apr 24, 2012 2:40 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM
    This is a small victory against big corporations that are working to take away our freedom of speech.

    You signed the deal, Hanesbrands- now pay the man.
    —–
    You must be the most clueless guy on this board.

    If you are hired to represent the company and you don’t do it according to the way they want you to, they have every right not to pay you.

    I’m sure his contract did not say that we’ll pay you regardless of what you say or do.

    He does have a right to say what he wants but Champion has a right to have him represent them or not.

    Most companies also write in their hiring documents that the employee will not disparage their employer.

    Well, sir- the judge that is overseeing the case, you know- the person that has all of the facts and information, including the contact that Champion signed with Mendenhall in front of him- disagrees with you.

    It’s always the loudest, most bombastic, and most misinformed internet people that need guys like Mendenhall not to talk. I wonder why they’re so threatened by his viewpoints.

  23. Steeler's Will says: Apr 24, 2012 3:00 PM

    I appreciate that Champion has a right to terminate the contract with him, but this judge has seen enough of a case for it to move forward, meaning that Champion perhaps didn’t cover their butts well enough?

  24. discosucs2005 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:00 PM

    This is an extremely complex issue.

    As someone has pointed out, the right to free speech only restricts the government from censoring speech.

    However, I think the rights of what someone has to say while employed by someone is worth exploring.

    Do we want to live in a world where your employer can require you to not take a political stance publicly?

    I suspect that both sides of the political spectrum would want think about this. For the conservative side, you have to consider unions that fund democratic candidates not allowing those in their union to publicly say anything conservative.

    Conversely, if you’re on the liberal side, you wouldn’t want your Super Pac funding employer to stop you from posting a Facebook status in favor of a liberal candidate.

    I’m sure everyone will come to their own conclusion as to whether this is something worth exploring further, but it’s at least worth exploring.

  25. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    So we can look forward to a series of Rashard Mendenhall “Hallucinate Like A Champion!” ads?

  26. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 24, 2012 3:05 PM

    Rashard has changed. In the past he was crazy, now he is just lame.

  27. blitzburgh43 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    A counter suit would be worthy as Champion would have likely lost significant money and capital investment due to Mendenhall’s idiocy. At a bare minimum I hope Mendenhall ends up paying attorney fees and doesn’t get settlement/award.
    …………….

    So how many people even knew Mendenhall was an endorser for anybody, let alone Champion before they fired him?

    I’m betting zero to none.

    Firing him was all about putting the Champion brand in the headlines…period. I’m betting they sold more merchandise by firing him then they ever did because he was an endorser.

  28. sml1950 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:11 PM

    If Hanes loses this suit, they should print up thousands of t-shirts with this statement and his face on it and distribute it free while donating monies to the 9/11 fund. This would indefinitely perpetuate his idiotic words and benefit the real victims. The positive ad benefit would far outweigh any endorsement from him.

  29. sliverandhack says: Apr 24, 2012 3:13 PM

    YourallIdiorts!!

  30. marvsleezy says: Apr 24, 2012 3:14 PM

    Uneducated football fans are a really stupid lot. Its not about what he said or whether or not you agree with it. Its about the contract that none of us have read.

    Hes not an employee, if you sign a contract, you have to pay it, even if he turns into a jerk or is a bad football player.

    The only way out of the contract is if the player breaches some clause in the contract.

    A morals clause is likely, but not a stupidity clause, and certainly not a patriotic clause.

  31. steeelfann says: Apr 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    To applicable zombies:

    He does have the right to say it (I am sure he has no idea WHY he has the right). Champion has the right not to pay him based on his actions, per contract law.

    People on this board are not “threatened” at all by what he said. They are disgusted by his ignorance, his lack of sensitivity, and his callousness. People all over the world are getting killed by Muslim extremists every day, but on top of that, we have to hear Dumbo twit this garbage.

    People on this board understand the men and women who have died protecting this country, understand what happened and continues to happen, what it takes to be truly free, and are sick of the likes of this dweeb that have so much and appreciate/understand so little.

  32. bobhk says: Apr 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    @ tommyf15 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:59 PM
    bobhk says: Apr 24, 2012 2:40 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM
    This is a small victory against big corporations that are working to take away our freedom of speech.

    You signed the deal, Hanesbrands- now pay the man.
    —–
    You must be the most clueless guy on this board.

    If you are hired to represent the company and you don’t do it according to the way they want you to, they have every right not to pay you.

    I’m sure his contract did not say that we’ll pay you regardless of what you say or do.

    He does have a right to say what he wants but Champion has a right to have him represent them or not.

    Most companies also write in their hiring documents that the employee will not disparage their employer.

    Well, sir- the judge that is overseeing the case, you know- the person that has all of the facts and information, including the contact that Champion signed with Mendenhall in front of him- disagrees with you.

    It’s always the loudest, most bombastic, and most misinformed internet people that need guys like Mendenhall not to talk. I wonder why they’re so threatened by his viewpoints.
    ————–
    @tommyf15,

    I’m not threatened by anyone’s viewpoint. It’s not my money.
    Just because a judge let it go on does not mean it will win.

    If you’ve ever been laid off, you’d know what I am saying is true. When a company lays you off, they can give you a severance ($). In order to receive it you have to sign a document saying that in order to get that money you agree not to disparage them.

    That is not taking away your freedom of speech. It’s saying we’ll give you money but you can’t put us down.

    Similarly, Champion is saying that we’ll pay Mendenhall money to represent them but you can’t say or do things that put us in a bad light (according to them). Both people have a right (Mendenhall to freedom of speech) and (Champion to not pay you to represent them). Unless it’s written in his contract that Champion has to pay him regardless of his actions (including what he says publicly) I don’t see how this can win. If it does, I am absolutely amazed.

    It’s like me saying you’ll pay me to represent your good name and I taking that money and saying stuff that diminishes your name (or causes you to sell less jerseys).

  33. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Apr 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    tommyf15 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:27 PM
    This is a small victory against big corporations that are working to take away our freedom of speech.

    You signed the deal, Hanesbrands- now pay the man

    ————————————

    Even free speech has exceptions. I can’t go into a crowded movie theater and yell, “Fire.” To Champion, and more importantly their “image,” this is EXACTLY what Mendenhall did.

  34. northstars1991 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:41 PM

    Freedom of Speech in the U.S.A. is GONE! If you don’t say what’s “politically correct” then you are judged as wrong! The truth no longer matters as it’s all about ‘saying the RIGHT thing’!

  35. rcali says: Apr 24, 2012 3:50 PM

    By the way everybody, there is no freedom of speech against the government anymore thanks to the Patriot Act. It’s a very interesting read to say the least. You would be shocked at what can be done to you.

  36. blatphar says: Apr 24, 2012 3:55 PM

    The interesting part of this story is not the legal side regarding free speech or whether Mendenhall breached his contract, but the comments itself; claiming that the towers collapse weren’t caused by hijacked planes. I must admit, at the time i thought Mendenhall was an idiot for such foolish comments. However, as more facts come out about 9/11 and how the towers actually collapsed, Mendenhall doesn’t look like an idiot any more. Our gov’t was definitely behind the world trade centers collapse. For any of you who think our gov’t isn’t capable of such horrific acts against its own people, you simply don’t understand the real history of our country and the lengths our country will go through to start a war for the sake of money. The investigation and evidence that the “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth” provide is a must read for ALL.

  37. Steeler's Will says: Apr 24, 2012 3:59 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 24, 2012 2:57 PM
    Hey Mendenhall, like most football players, you are a POS. Like most steeler fans, you are ignorant and underachieve. I can promise you though, the nightmares of Haloti Ngata will not stop. You will forever be haunted. Anyone who cheers for this man should take a long look at themselves in the mirror. I would never want this guy on my team. RIH.
    ——————–
    Ray Lewis knocked Mendenhall out for most of 2008. I don’t recall if Ngata was even able to knock him out of the game. It’s possible, the score was lopsided in BAL’s favor at that point so they might have yanked him. Pretty sure the Ravens are just ordinary professional football players, doing their jobs like the rest. Panhandle for some bus fare this summer and go to training camp to meet some of these guys, you might be surprised (possibly disappointed) that they are human after all.

  38. bobhk says: Apr 24, 2012 4:03 PM

    northstars1991 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 3:41 PM
    Freedom of Speech in the U.S.A. is GONE! If you don’t say what’s “politically correct” then you are judged as wrong! The truth no longer matters as it’s all about ‘saying the RIGHT thing’!
    ————
    I don’t understand why people don’t get it.
    It is not against freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want but there are consequences. Someone may not want them to represent you (that too is a freedom). Both are voluntary acts (unless specified in contract).

  39. solardave says: Apr 24, 2012 4:13 PM

    Hey Ravenator. You have a murderer(you actually had 2 at one time) on your team that you idolize and you want to pass judement. I don’t agree with what he said and I’d be OK if we cut him. There’s the difference. You’re the idiot!! First of all WE OWN THE RAVENS. You can’t handle that because you are in denial. The Ravens will never be as good as the Steelers until they stop letting killers run their team and anyone looking in can see Lewis runs the RATBIRDS. SORRY SORRY TEAM!!!

  40. ravenator says: Apr 24, 2012 4:18 PM

    Thank you for proving my point Solardave, hah! What a turd.

  41. deathtoromo says: Apr 24, 2012 4:19 PM

    This guy is a pile of dung. Thank you Ray Lewis for shattering this traitors shoulder.

    Sincerely,

    US Navy veteran

  42. djstat says: Apr 24, 2012 4:38 PM

    Solardave:

    First off let’s review the scores of the games last season: Ravens win 35-7 Ravens win 23-20. If saying Ray Lewis is a murderer makes you feel good about your team then good for you. The charges against him were dropped because he did not do it. The prosecutor even said so.

    What we do know is Hines Ward is a convicted drunk driver. James Harrison is a dirty cheap shot artist. Rothelisberger has paid hush money so girls he raped won’t testify agaisnt him; and most important, everyone who works in PA moves to Maryland for jobs because PA SUCKS!

    So I just passed judgement on you, you idiot.

  43. steeelfann says: Apr 24, 2012 4:41 PM

    blatphar says: Apr 24, 2012 3:55 PM

    The interesting part of this story is not the legal side regarding free speech or whether Mendenhall breached his contract, but the comments itself; claiming that the towers collapse weren’t caused by hijacked planes. I must admit, at the time i thought Mendenhall was an idiot for such foolish comments. However, as more facts come out about 9/11 and how the towers actually collapsed, Mendenhall doesn’t look like an idiot any more. Our gov’t was definitely behind the world trade centers collapse. For any of you who think our gov’t isn’t capable of such horrific acts against its own people, you simply don’t understand the real history of our country and the lengths our country will go through to start a war for the sake of money. The investigation and evidence that the “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth” provide is a must read for ALL.
    —————————————-
    Wrong. The Architect Designer admitted that he never, ever thought that hijackers would fly jets loaded with jet fuel into the towers. He was saddened as he blamed himself partially for never thinking about his situation.

    You obviously know nothing about metal, about heat from jet fuel, about engineering, about welding, about bolting, about weight. Take your left wing conspiracy crap and move in with Pelosi. I am going to puke. Ever study Bin Laden’s plan? How he had Ahmed Shah Masood killed? You are naive and have no idea about your enemies. Vlad Putin gave the US reports from Russian Intelligence that Iraq was helping terrorists with attacks in US and overseas.
    Wake up fool. Get off the smoke. You and Mendenhall probably pick peyote together.

  44. axespray says: Apr 24, 2012 5:04 PM

    “Hi, I’m NFL Superstar Rashard Mendenhall and I just want to say that myself and Chef Boy-R-Dee think Osama Bin Laden rules!”

    – commercial that’ll probably not have Chef Boy-R-Dee’s approval.

  45. blatphar says: Apr 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    Wrong. The Architect Designer admitted that he never, ever thought that hijackers would fly jets loaded with jet fuel into the towers. He was saddened as he blamed himself partially for never thinking about his situation.

    You obviously know nothing about metal, about heat from jet fuel, about engineering, about welding, about bolting, about weight.

    Steelfan:

    I know nothing about metal or heat from jet fuel? You’re an idiot! Jet fuel burns at 800-1500degrees, not enough to melt steel (2777 degrees). However, steel loses about 50% of its strength at 1100degrees, even with that, there simply wouldn’t be enough fuel to weaken that much steel over 70 floors. You no nothing about physics or science, so go back to your cave ya duche! You probably think we invaded Iraq because they had WOMD! LOL! What a joke u are…

  46. theralph2012 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:36 PM

    If there’s one thing I hate its football players that preach politics. If theres another thing I hate it’s football fans that preach politics. On a side note, does anybody even buy anything Champion that isn’t socks anymore?

  47. bja105 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:02 PM

    All of these comments, but none of us have seen the actual contract that the plaintiff says was breached. The lawsuit is not specifically about free speech, conspiracies, or football. One side says the other side didn’t keep their written promise. How can you say Mendenhall should win or lose without knowing what the contract states?

  48. Deb says: Apr 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    Surprised this is moving forward. As others have mentioned, the First Amendment guarantees that government won’t infringe on our right to speak freely. It’s not carte blanche to speak without consequences from our employers. But the judge is deciding based on the terms of Mendenhall’s specific contract with Champion. And while we can speculate all we want, I doubt any of us has read the actual contract.

    And while I completely disagree with Mendenhall’s comments on 9/11, he wasn’t running around preaching politics. He was having an offhand conversation with a few Twitter followers that some bored sports reporters turned into a BIG STORY. He was about 10 when the towers fell. Sadly, since then he’s probably been exposed to more conspiracy nonsense in the media than he has rational discussion of the event.

  49. ronmexico4life says: Apr 24, 2012 6:19 PM

    next person who refers to freedom of speech as having ANYTHING to do with this needs to run straight into a bus and rid the earth of your dumb a**. Freedom of speech applies to the govt, not businesses; meaning, if you say something ridiculously unpopular like Mendenhall, Champion can drop him immediately. Not only can they say this disparaged the company’s reputation, but most endorsement contracts contain clauses that the endorser has the right to terminate the contract at any time for any reason. These contracts are meant not to guarantee anything to the person they endorse, so that when incidents like this happen, they can immediately cut ties, and move on.

    All the judge ruled on is that the breach of contract claim was a plausible cause of action brought by a correct party and now Champion needs to answer the complaint. That’s all

  50. mjkelly77 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:47 PM

    rcali says:Apr 24, 2012 3:50 PM

    By the way everybody, there is no freedom of speech against the government anymore thanks to the Patriot Act. It’s a very interesting read to say the least. You would be shocked at what can be done to you.
    __________________

    It can’t be as bad as being filmed while being decapitated for later viewing by your family and loved ones. Or being killed and mutilated and dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. There are too many animals out there demented by a religious fervor that borders on insanity. Anything my governmnet does to protect me, I appreciate.

  51. eggersthejerk says: Apr 24, 2012 7:58 PM

    Why do I get the feeling that the Pittsburgh fans here who are defending this guy would be crushing him if he were on the Ravens instead of the Steelers?

    If he was on my team, I would be ripping him anyways.

    This BS of blindly defending the players on your team no matter what they say or do makes you look like the foolish homers you are. Any time a player on any of my teams do anything outrageous, I rip them and if what they said or did is truly bad enough, I want them off the team. I don’t care if they are a star or the last guy on the bench.

    Glad I’m not a Steeler fan. Too many guys doing and saying bad things that give the organization a black eye. Half the team would be gone.

  52. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Apr 24, 2012 9:56 PM

    Reading the comments section, I see that several tin foil hats need changing. Yikes.

  53. Deb says: Apr 24, 2012 10:31 PM

    @eggersthejerk …

    How long have you been on this site … five minutes? Steelers fans were ripping Mendenhall to shreds when this happened. You’re free to keep making a fool of yourself if you want, but it’s annoying when you keep posting on things you clearly know nothing about. Nice name choice. :roll:

  54. sudz28 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:02 AM

    @djstat:
    Ray Lewis was CONVICTED of obstructing justice in the murder of two innocent human beings. He wasn’t convicted of murder it’s true, but if that makes you feel any better then good for you.

    Let’s face it, the Ravens and their fans have *zero* standing to complain about the character of other teams or players. Mendenhall may be an idiot for believing and spouting garbage about 9/11 and Bin Laden, but they are just words. At least he wasn’t personally involved in murder like Ray Ray.

  55. eggersthejerk says: Apr 25, 2012 7:36 AM

    @ Deb:

    There are plenty of guys who blindly defend any & every Steeler player no matter what and YOU know it. Don’t bury your head in the sand.

    Don’t tell me this place has no blind Steeler homers. There are guys who make posts that end with “GO STEELERS” in EVERY post. Either they are big time homers or they are 8 years old.

    And take a hard look at how plenty of Steeler fans here make excuses every time Big Ben or Harrison or (until recently) Ward did or said something stupid. You can’t tell me that if those players were on the Ravens instead of the Steelers that Pittsburgh fans wouldn’t be posting the same stuff about them the non-Steeler fans post now. If I hear 1 more Steeler fan claim the franchise is “classy” I’ll puke. Ask Bradshaw how “classy” they were towards him at the end of his career.

    As far as my screen name goes, if you ever watched Adult Swim’s “Sealab 2021″ you would probably know what that is all about. That’s where it is from.

  56. steelerfannomatterwhat says: Apr 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    I have been a Steelers fan for 30 years, but Mendenhall is a joke. This guy cannot run a simple play without running into his own blocker or spinning for lost yardage. He cost them a comeback in the Super Bowl against the Packers and he is too inconsistent. Then he runs his mouth about Bin Laden. I understand what he was “trying” to say but because he is an idiot, he deserves what he is getting. I believe that he will never carry another ball for the Steelers, depending on the draft, and that is fine with me. The Steelers ownership and 95% of their players are classy, eggers. Read about the speeches and letters written by Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith after they retired this past year. Sure, the Steelers have Roethlisberger, Mendenhall and Harrison acting like idiots, but this is not typical of the rest of the team and it is not promoted by the organization. If these guys were on the Ravens, the Ravens’ fans would praise them. I could care less what they say or do off the field, just play football.

  57. steelerfannomatterwhat says: Apr 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    djstat , what are you smoking? Lewis plead guilty to obstruction of justice in order in order to have the other charges dropped. Ward plead guilty to reckless driving. Roethisberger settled out of the Nevada CIVIL case because the settlement was less than the cost to defend himself and the evidence was in his favor. Roethlisberger did not pay the woman in Georgia because there was not enough evidence of rape after she changed her story 3 times. So where did you come up with that Lewis had his charges dropped, Ward was convicted of drunk driving and Roethlisberger paid off girls that he raped? Harrison is a cheap-artist according to you, however, the Ravens put bounties on Ward & Roethlisberger in 2008 and that is okay I guess……Suggs even admitted it until the NFL threatened to investigate at the time. And I am not defending anyone because I fee Roethlisberger is/was a giant douche and Harrison has a big mouth.

  58. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 2:24 PM

    @eggersthejerk …

    Okay, you’ve got me … I don’t watch Adult Swim. And yes, a lot of fans will defend anything the team or players do, but that is just as true for Ravens fans as Steelers fans. It’s true of every fan base (good grief, look at the blind nonsense Saints fans have posted in the face of e-mails and recordings). That’s why it’s annoying to have people act as though only Steelers fans can be loyal to a fault. To me, the Rooneys are great owners–that’s where the class comes in. As a fan base, we have the same positives and negatives, the same great fans and jerks, as any other team.

    holeinone09 ends his posts with GO STEELERS because he supports the team. But his posts demonstrate tremendous football knowledge. Why should the tagline negate the content? I defended Roethlisberger on the assault accusations after thoroughly researching the evidence and finding it supported his innocence–a conclusion also reached by the authorities. But I also defend Ray Lewis. And I’m a huge critic of Roethlisberger’s general behavior and idiotic comments. I’m a Harrison fan, but still called for him to be suspended a game for his comments to Men’s Journal last year.

    Steelers fans did rip Mendenhall when this story came out. I cringed at his comments, but in truth he’s only guilty of being ignorant in his understanding of world events and too stupid to realize public figures can’t tweet without consequences. As with most similar stories involving NFL players, the whole thing has been overblown. Who cares what a football player privately thinks about 9/11? No matter how wrongheaded it is, he’s entitled to his opinion.

    You hate the Steelers, so you want to pretend our fans are sooo much worse than anyone else’s, and that’s not the case. And Bradshaw was abused at the beginning of his Pittsburgh career, not the end. He struggles himself with being “classy” at times.

  59. eggersthejerk says: Apr 25, 2012 7:05 PM

    @ Deb:

    It wasn’t just at the beginning. It was during the middle & at the end, too.

    Bradshaw has mention numerous times how after his elbow injury in 1983 the team pressured him to return before he was totally healed. He did & he re-injured it & his career ended. That’s why he refused to return to Pittsburgh for like 20 years:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1140520/index.htm

    Also ask Bradshaw how “classy” the Steeler fans were when they cheered Turkey Jones of the Bengals when he broke Bradshaw’s collarbone in 1976 at 3 Rivers. It’s a famous play you can watch on YouTube. Yup, classy fan base. They were cheering because the team was like 1 -4 at the time & things didn’t look good so when Bradshaw got body slammed & hurt, the “classy” Pittsburgh crowd cheered.

    I’ve know many Steeler fans since 1977 & the majority are obnoxious goofs who brag on the team at nauseum when the team’s good but then hide when the team sucks.

    I follow my teams whether they are doing well or not. If they do well, I’m happy but without rubbing other fans’ noses in it. When they are bad, I don’t hide the fact I like them.

    Most Steeler fans I know aren’t like that.

  60. cheers4ablumpkin says: Apr 25, 2012 7:20 PM

    Mendenhall should just shut up n retire. Keep on smoking dat crack. #scrub

  61. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 11:14 PM

    @eggersthejerk …

    Willing to bet I know Bradshaw’s history with the team better than you do. Bradshaw has said a lot of things about that arm in 1983. First, he wanted to leave the team for a movie career. Then he wanted to come back. Then the team “forced” him to come back before he was ready and ended his career. Finally, he admitted that he lied to the team about the scope of his injury. As a result of that, the Steelers passed up Dan Marino in the draft.

    Terry’s history with the Steelers is complex both because it’s a brutal fan base and because Terry is a complex man with a lot of personal demons.

    My resentment of this conversation and your silly comments is that you don’t give a damn about Terry Bradshaw and are stupid enough to think I’d be misdirected just because of that example :roll: I’ve never denied that Steelers fans can be brutal jerks. The point is that we don’t have any more jerks or fair-weather fans in our fan base than any other team.

    Bully for you that you support the team win or lose. Me, too. I was just as vocally loyal during the pitiful 80s as I am today. But just as many of your fans drop out when the team is losing as our fans. In fact, given the long running sell-out record at Three Rivers, I’d say Pittsburgh can honestly claim a pretty loyal fan base. At the end of the day, your knickers are in a knot for one reason: You hate this rival team. So stop trying to make it sound like some moral crusade.

  62. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 11:17 PM

    Three Rivers, Heinz Field … you get the point.

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