PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Rashard Mendenhall has lost an endorsement.
Champion cut ties with the Steelers running back because of his controversial tweets questioning the celebration of Osama bin Laden’s death, the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to USA Today.
He posted the following via his Twitter account, R_Mendenhall:
“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people hate a man they never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.” “I’m not convinced he was even behind the attacks. We have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the government telling us.”
“I’m not convinced he was even behind the attacks. We have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the government telling us.”
In response to a question from a follower on Twitter Mendenhall said, “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take down a skyscraper demolition style.”
That tweet was later deleted.
Mendenhall reportedly had just inked a four-year contract extension with the brand.
Champion released a statement, saying in part: “While we respect Mr. Mendenhall’s right to express sincere thoughts regarding potentially controversial topics, we no longer believe that Mr. Mendenhall can appropriately represent Champion and we have notified Mr. Mendenhall that we are ending our business relationship.”