Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has some extra time on his hands these days due to the NFL work stoppage.
Mendenhall tweeted some rather controversial remarks about Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden.
It would appear that Mendenhall is supporting bin Laden in a backhanded manner.
Steelers president Art Rooney II addressed Mendenhall’s tweets in a statement and seemed to be confused.
“I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments,” said Rooney.
America’s clear-cut celebratory reaction to Bin Laden’s death drew the ire of the Steeler runner. Bin Laden’s shooting was celebrated in Washington, D.C., New York City, and at college campuses around the country amongst other places.
*Editor’s Note: This “riot” took place about five minutes away from my place.
I somewhat understand what Mendenhall is saying but bin Laden is not the person to use towards getting that point across.
Is celebrating the death of another human bizarre, sadistic, and twisted?
In most cases, yes. This is not most cases though.
If Americans want to toast the death of a man responsible for the 9/11 attacks, I’m not going to criticize them for raising a glass.
Neither should Mendenhall.