Earlier this week Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall drew the ire of Americans when he dared to question the 9/11 attacks and Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden on Twitter?
Common folk like myself have done the same, so because Mendenhall represents the Pittsburgh Steelers and even larger the National Football League is he obligated to remain silent on issues such as these?
“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,” Mendenhall wrote, before adding his view on the Twin Towers attack.
“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
These are patriotic times for many – the last thing they want to hear is the b-side. Anyone that questions the fact that Bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed instead of being arrested because he knew to much is looked upon as a sympathizer and deemed “unpatriotic”.
As for Mendenhall, he has been released as an endorser of Champion apparel. Pittsburgh Steelers Art Rooney offered his thoughts on the situation:
“I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments,” Rooney said. “The entire Steelers’ organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon.”
Looks like the Steelers are slowly stepping away from this.
And while athlete’s like Lance Armstrong and Drew Brees basked in the patriotic glow on Twitter, other athletes (the majority being Black) are now more concerned than ever.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco: “Now that Osama has been killed what about those willing to revenge his death? How do u fight or defend against those willing 2 die 4 a cause?”
Arizona Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes: “The news isn’t all that great I don’t think! I feel it just gives al qaeda more incentive to do something else. Wat u think?”
Even more of an eye-opening Tweet came from the Milwaukee Bucks Chris Douglas-Roberts who Tweeted, “Is this a celebration??,” when hearing of Bin Laden’s death.
Here is some of what followed:
CDR: “Is this the beginning of a huge religious war? I hope not. (shaking my head).”
Follower: “@CDOUGLASROBERTS of course it’s a f—— celebration,moron….he killed nearly 3,000 Americans”
CDR: “I’m the moron. Are you a Christian. Would God be happy with you celebrating death? Or is your religion, ‘American’?
Roberts would continue on about his stance on the war and the killing of Bin Laden.
“It took 919,967 deaths to kill that one guy.
“It took 10 years & 2 Wars to kill that…guy.
“It cost us (USA) roughly $1,188,263,000,000 to kill that………..guy. But we #winning though. Haaaa. (Sarcasm).”
With more negative reaction being tweeted at Dougles-Roberts, he went on to clarify his position.
“What I’m sayin has nothing to do with 9/11 or that guy (Bin Laden). I still feel bad for the 9/11 families but I feel EQUALLY bad for the war families. …
“People are telling me to get out of America now b/c I’m against MORE INNOCENT people dying everyday? B/c I’m against a 10 year WAR?
“Whatever happened to our freedom of speech? That’s the problem. We don’t want to hear anything that isn’t our perspective.”
Not our perspective Chris – theirs.