Rashard Mendenhall, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, wasn’t among those athletes who were excitedly tweeting about the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.
“What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side...,” Mendenhall tweeted. He also tweeted that he wasn’t sure about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Later Tuesday, he deleted that tweet.
“We’ll never know what really happened,” he tweeted. “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
Because of the lockout, teams cannot have contact with players and so the Steelers were left to post a statement on their website. Steelers President Art Rooney II said: “I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments. The entire Steelers’ organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon.”
Mendenhall, a sports management major at Illinois, elaborated, via Twitter:
I believe in God. I believe we're ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge.
Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves.
For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell and piss on his ashes, I ask how would God feel about your heart?
There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to #think