Read Mendenhall’s Full Statement

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Following two days worth of national criticism, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is attempting to clarify his controversial statements regarding Osama bin Laden.

Mendenhall broke his silence this afternoon releasing this blog statement regarding his statements on Monday.

“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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  • Big Daddy Kahuna

    Once and for all, the NFL (and other professional sports franchises) need to ban these social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.,…) from these knuckleheads. Plain and simple, keep your opinion to yourself Rashard!

    • Brando

      I think the reaction to Mendanhall’s comments is proof of the oblivious, close minded attitudes of the people that love to hate. He was not saying he condoned Osama. He was merely saying it is hateful to celebrate death and we live in a society where the media only tells us what they want us to know. We have been duped so many times by what our government wants us to believe that it is hard not to be skeptical of some of the information they provide us with.

  • Georgiann

    I appreciate Mendenhall’s commnts and have also felt some discomfort in seeing celebrations upon another’s death. However, I believe that we feel joy in our relief from the concern that this evil man could and would again attack and kill as many innocents of any and all nationalities. I think our celebration is in that of a job well-done by our government to protect us from his terror and evil. Realizing that the evil terror he wrought is still fomenting in his recruits, I can only pray that the wave of young people willing to fight for hope and freedom in the Middle East will transcent binLaden’s teachings.

  • Tank

    God Bless ST6!!!!!
    “Fighting Solves Everything!”

  • F. Lloyd O'Conner

    Someday, in the very near future, I will have difficulty remembering who wore #34 for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV because Rashard Mendenhall will be a distant memory for Pittsburgh and the NFL.

  • ven

    Explain why you don’t think an airliner could bring down a building style demolition style, or more directly, why you subscribe to the conspiracy theory of the terrorists didn’t do it.

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