Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pittsburgh Steeler Rashad Mendenhall..Fumbled Comments.....

The below captioned remarks were made (tweeted) by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashad Mendenhall. I do not, what so ever support the "Mendenhall comments"  I do not know the young man, so I can not say what was in his heart and what he really meant when he made the comments. I am fairly sure of one thing, the Rooney family was not very happy about them. As you all know, the Rooney family is a very CLASSY family, they are just good people,  a very patriotic, God fearing family. So I feel what #34 said, was totally against the Rooney's core values which they maintain for themselves, they expect the same for the Steeler organization and personnel.  In my opinion, the comments will cut against the grain of what most people of Pittsburgh believes. The comments will cut against the blue collar ideals of the hard working citizens of Pittsburgh.   Apparently Rashad did not mean what he said, as he made a CLARIFICATION statement on a blog. (captioned below). Mendenhall will be judged by the fans of football, and more importantly for Mendenhall, he will be judged by the fans, the citizens of Pittsburgh and by the Rooney family. His apology if sincere, will go a long way in his having accepted responsibility for his very insensitive remarks. All I can say is we have all said things that we regret, I have, on more than one occasion. I will give him the benefit of the doubt, this time. He is a tremendous talent on the football field, hopefully he will not make this mistake again .

The first amendment gives Mendenhall the right to say what he wants, irregardless of what you and I may think. However at some point, common sense must be engaged. It was not on this occasion.

                                                 "MENDENHALL TWEETS"

"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... "@dkeller23  We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style"I believe in God. I believe we're ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge."Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves. "For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell and piss on his ashes, I ask how would God feel about your heart? "There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to #think"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 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”

Rashad Mendenhall's Clarification response on his blog,  
"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.

"Posted by R34Mendenhall at 9:25 AM"

Until next time....God Bless You and may God Bless America...


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