Giannotti: Mendenhall Must Be Smarter

By: Gregg Giannotti

Rashard Mendenhall went to Twitter with his opinion on the death of Osama bin Laden and the subsequent celebrations and tweeted:

“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…”

There is so much wrong with this statement I don’t know where to start. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure we all heard Osama bin Laden speak with words and actions. I don’t want to take anyone’s freedom of speech away, but Rashard Mendenhall needs to be smarter than to tweet this to thousands of people who then turn into millions because the comments were picked up by many national news outlets.

There’s too many people severely affected by the events of 9/11 to tweet something so insensitive and ignorant. We’ve only heard one side Rashard? The problem is you haven’t heard the other side. The side of the story from someone who lost a parent of a child on September 11th, 2001. Or someone who lost a family member trying to capture Osama bin Laden. You are always allowed to have your opinion and let it be known in this country but sometimes keeping it to yourself is the best thing to do.

Rashard Mendenhall also tweeted how he was encouraging people to think. Ok, I will take your advice. I think you’re a moron Rashard. How could you say no one has ever heard Osama bin Laden speak? He took credit for the attacks on 9/11. Where were you? He also put out a whole bunch of videos that were played on Al Jazeera and then picked up and translated on U.S. news outlets. (No Rashard, Al Jazeera isn’t a running back the Steelers drafted, but if he was he probably wouldn’t fumble in the Super Bowl).

Sometimes you can’t say whatever you want when you have a large forum in which to get your thoughts out on. I can’t just say whatever is on my mind on the air. I’d get fired in a nanosecond. There’s nothing wrong with just keeping thoughts to yourself sometimes when it comes to something as enormous and as sensitive an issue as 9/11.

We had a ton of callers on The Fan Morning Show who were hurt by his comments because they either were former Marines or knew someone who had served or had someone close to them killed on 9/11.

Rashard needs to take his own advice and think about them next time.

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  1. Ben says:

    I think he needs to fumble more in important games.

  2. allan says:

    Try putting your brain, if you have one, in gear before putting your mouth in motion. You are an idiot that has lost a fan.

  3. John says:

    Richard Cranium enough said…

  4. Eddie (Utah USA says:

    I think he needs to grab a rifle and see if he can hold on to it. get to the front line, so he can get the other side of the story first hand
    love the Steelers but I love my Country more

  5. J says:

    Remember that on 9/11 Mendenhall was probably fumbling footballs in some high school or youth league backfield. Just because he can run with a football does not make him smart and that is an understatement

  6. WJMILES says:

    HEY MENDENHALL PERHAPS YOU SHOULD BE MORE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR PATHETIC PERFORMANCE IN FEB RATHER THAN HOW PPL ARE CELEBRATING THE DEATH OF A TERRORIST WHO KILLED MORE PPL THAN YOUR FAN BASE. HAVE SOME SYMPATHY FOR THOSE THAT LOST LOVED ONES. AND BEFORE YOU SPEAK MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE FACTS!! OBL TOOK FULL REPONSIBILITY FOR THE 9/11 ATTACKS.

  7. BECK says:

    Mr. Mendenhaul,
    all i can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    perhaps testing out your opinion in a close circle of friends and family, and being able to explain you train of thought more clearly, and getting some feed back and facts on the statements you made would have prevented this way embarrassing situation for you and way painful situation for a few billion people. i’m trying not to be ugly bout this, but that big mouth should have caught the football, not the foot.
    THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET.

    1. Beck says:

      oops, see how that works, meant Mendenhall, didn’t bounce it off the friends and family first.
      not quite as severe, but you get the idea

  8. sherman ward says:

    as voltaire is quoted- “common sense isn’t so common”

  9. nick says:

    Rashard,

    You must remember you play for the Rooney’s not the Raiders! Your owner is the Ambassador to Ireland! He kinda knows and works with the WhiteHouse! last year we had the Big Ben Distraction….Now #34 speaks out of his PIE HOLE! Finally, I must say that we have Hines Ward dancing on DWTS wheeewwwwww! Somebody please get these pro athletes off of TWITTER or whoever is running their accounts!

    Sincerely,

    Nick V.
    Proud American

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