Reporting 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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