Mendenhall wanted to make people think

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall turned to

his blog (

href="http://r34mendenhall.blogspot.com">r34mendenhall.blogspot.com)

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.

You can also read it

on his

blog.