Mendenhall wanted to make people think
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall turned to
his blog (
on Wednesday to clarify comments he made about 9/11 on his Twitter
account. Here’s the statement he posted:
I appreciate those of you who have decided to read this letter
and attain a greater understanding of my recent twitter posts. I
see how they have gotten misconstrued, and wanted to use this
outlet as a way to clear up all things that do not truthfully
represent myself, what I stand for personally, and any organization
that I am a part of.
First, I want people to understand that I am not in support of
Bin Laden, or against the USA. I understand how devastating 9/11
was to this country and to the people whose families were affected.
Not just in the US, but families all over the world who had
relatives in the World Trade Centers. My heart goes out to the
troops who fight for our freedoms everyday, not being certain if
they will have the opportunity to return home, and the families who
watch their loved ones bravely go off to war. Last year, I was
grateful enough to have the opportunity to travel over seas and
participate in a football camp put on for the children of US troops
stationed in Germany. It was a special experience. These events
have had a significant impact in my life.
“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 . . . ”
This controversial statement was something I said in response to
the amount of joy I saw in the event of a murder. I don’t
believe that this is an issue of politics or American pride; but
one of religion, morality, and human ethics. In the bible, Ezekiel
33:11 states, “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live,
declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the
wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn!
Turn from your evil ways!. . .”. I wasn’t questioning
Bin Laden’s evil acts. I believe that he will have to face
God for what he has done. I was reflecting on our own hypocrisy.
During 9/11 we watched in horror as parts of the world celebrated
death on our soil. Earlier this week, parts of the world watched us
in horror celebrating a man’s death.
Nothing I said was meant to stir up controversy. It was my way
to generate conversation. In looking at my timeline in its
entirety, everything that I’ve said is with the intent of
expressing a wide array of ideas and generating open and honest
discussions, something I believe we as American citizens should be
able to do. Most opinions will not be fully agreed upon and are not
meant to be. However, I believe every opinion should be respected
or at least given some thought. I apologize for the timing as such
a sensitive matter, but it was not meant to do harm. I apologize to
anyone I unintentionally harmed with anything that I said, or any
hurtful interpretation that was made and put in my name.
It was only meant to encourage anyone reading it to think.
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