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Mendenhall says “a lot of thought” went in to his decision to ditch Chargers game


Like an increasing number of spectators, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall decided earlier this month to watch the game at home.

He got to watch the next game at home, too.  Without pay.

But in response to coach Mike Tomlin’s explanation that Mendenhall was simply frustrated when he decided not to show up for a game in which he was told he wouldn’t dress, Mendenhall disagrees.

I wouldn’t use that word,” Mendenhall said, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “There’s a lot of thought that goes into everything that I do.”

If there was a lot of thought that went in to his decision to boycott the game, he should have thought about it some more.  The one-game suspension cost Mendenhall more than $41,000.  And the open act of defiance won’t help the looming free agent’s already diminished marketability, given the position he plays, his injury history, and the controversial remarks he made after the death of Osama bin Laden.

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29 Responses to “Mendenhall says “a lot of thought” went in to his decision to ditch Chargers game”
  1. conradantiestablishment says: Dec 20, 2012 12:50 PM

    I’m thinking Travis Henry and Maurice Clarett are shaking their heads about Mendenhall right now.

  2. Tyler says: Dec 20, 2012 12:51 PM

    “There’s a lot of thought that goes into everything that I do.”

    Do you think before you speak, Mendy? With free agency looming, you’re not helping your case. I’m a Steelers fan and I’m ready for him to go.

  3. blacknole08 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:52 PM

    He’s a good back, just not a durable one.

    And his comments about 9/11 (which alot of people actually agree on) won’t keep him unemployed, seeing as he is still employed by the Steelers.

    He will find work fast in free agency.

  4. blackngold4life says: Dec 20, 2012 12:55 PM

    LOL pack your bags..and put your house up for sale buddy! lol its a wrap

  5. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 20, 2012 12:56 PM

    Someone needs to give this young man some advice and a hug. The order given is not important, but he really needs a reality check. Hopefully he paid attention in college because he won’t be playing ball much longer. Sad to see talent wasted…..

  6. paperlions says: Dec 20, 2012 12:57 PM

    Alas, thinking a lot and thinking well aren’t the same thing.

  7. steelerfanjo says: Dec 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    It wouldn’t matter anyway, Todd Haley is a moron.

  8. nnagi says: Dec 20, 2012 1:00 PM

    that approach should get him pretty far…

  9. thebadguyswon says: Dec 20, 2012 1:07 PM

    Terrible Towelhead

  10. NakedCowboy! says: Dec 20, 2012 1:08 PM

    We are all better off that he is not a scientist or a philosopher.

  11. steelersownyou says: Dec 20, 2012 1:12 PM

    Gotta have a brain to have a thought! Sadly Steelers have tostart him Sunday. He is the most talented. Of the backs. If he could just not fumble that would be greattttt…

  12. bsreed says: Dec 20, 2012 1:14 PM

    This dude is lucky he is (sort of) talented at RB. He isnt getting by anywhere on his thoughts or opinions. Go ‘merica.

  13. dukemarc says: Dec 20, 2012 1:17 PM

    This guy thinks he’s a lot smarter than he really is.

  14. azarkhan says: Dec 20, 2012 1:23 PM

    blacknole08 says: And his comments about 9/11 (which alot of people actually agree on)

    You mean people who are fools like you? Got it.

  15. daysend564 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:29 PM

    We’ll never know what happened. I have a hard time trying to believing a guy can take down his career demolition style.

  16. citizenstrange says: Dec 20, 2012 1:39 PM

    I would say he didn’t know that he would lose $41k so in fact he did not put a lot of thought into it.

  17. donterrelli says: Dec 20, 2012 1:42 PM

    I know he’s made some distasteful comments, but they’ve already approached him to start a new contract.

  18. derfshambeaux says: Dec 20, 2012 1:43 PM

    Last week Mendenhall said that he didn’t think he needed to show up at the stadium for the Chargers game because his status was inactive. Now he’s implying this was a well thought out move. Sounds like he’s trying to save face.

  19. rufustfireflyjr says: Dec 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    The fact that he thought about it carefully makes him even more culpable.

  20. steel420 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    Well, that is that. Enjoy being inactive the rest of the year.

  21. steelcurtainn says: Dec 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    He should of shown up for the San Diego game. If he can stay healthy and quit having a case of a fumbilitis, I have no problem with him. Wouldn’t surprise me if the steelers signed him to a contract for less money.

  22. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 20, 2012 2:53 PM

    Looks like the Oakland Raiders will have a new running back next year.

  23. ravenator says: Dec 20, 2012 3:50 PM

    He represents the Steelers incredibly well. you all should be proud you drafted him over Ray Rice. Cheers!

  24. justanotherdummy says: Dec 20, 2012 4:11 PM

    He is a solid running back, but just not an intelligent guy, that’s all. No law says he has to have a clue, he is entitled to be as stupid as he wants. He certainly isn’t going to get any brighter, which is fine, I just hope we don’t have to hear about him anymore.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    Socrates, he ain’t.

  26. randallflagg52 says: Dec 20, 2012 5:10 PM

    To be fair, he wasn’t the only one who didn’t show up to that Chargers game. What was Ben doing throwing screen passes into his offensive lineman’s back? That’s two weeks in a row with Ben blowing the game.

  27. jlinatl says: Dec 20, 2012 5:14 PM

    Thinking a lot and thinking intelligently are not the same.

  28. steeldominance says: Dec 22, 2012 2:11 PM

    This guy is a disgrace to the Steeler organization.

  29. fsf7 says: Dec 22, 2012 4:53 PM

    There has to be more to why this guy wasn’t even dressed for the game – behind the scenes that none of us can see.

    He is an amazing talent that obviously has some problems and is not near his full potential.

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