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Old 05-03-2011, 02:46 PM
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Default Rashard Mendenhall defends Osama Bin Laden

He should just stick to playing football. This is going to make a huge setback on his career. Even worse, he's also a conspiracy theorist about 9/11

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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...
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:31 PM
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For some reason I get the idea this guy only passed high school and college because he played football well.
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Old 05-04-2011, 01:23 AM
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I wouldn't go so far as to say he was "defending" Bin Laden, but if Mendenhall had just stuck to saying we shouldn't celebrate a persons death, he would have had a decent talking point. The conspiracy theory nonsense about 9/11 is just that, a theory, and people are entitled to their opinions no matter how delusional they seem to the rest of the world.

Mendenhall's biggest problem in this is what seems to be a lack of self-awareness. As an NFL player, and one who is somewhat popular, he should know better than to publicly make comments that can be so divisive and actually offend a lot of fans. Granted, players in all leagues make this mistake constantly nowadays.
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I wouldn't go so far as to say he was "defending" Bin Laden...
Agreed, I was just reading that again and thought, "That doesn't sound right" but I can't change the thread title and honestly, can't think of a better one to request other than maybe "Rashard Mendenhall's dumb comments on Osama Bin Laden".
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I wouldn't go so far as to say he was "defending" Bin Laden, but if Mendenhall had just stuck to saying we shouldn't celebrate a persons death, he would have had a decent talking point. The conspiracy theory nonsense about 9/11 is just that, a theory, and people are entitled to their opinions no matter how delusional they seem to the rest of the world.

Mendenhall's biggest problem in this is what seems to be a lack of self-awareness. As an NFL player, and one who is somewhat popular, he should know better than to publicly make comments that can be so divisive and actually offend a lot of fans. Granted, players in all leagues make this mistake constantly nowadays.
^What he said.

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UPDATE!!!

I don't think this should come as a surprise...Champion Apparel dropped its' contract with Rashard Mendenhall over his Osama Bin Laden tweets.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shu...urn=nfl-wp1880
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Fri May 06 03:05am EDT

Apparel company dumps Mendenhall over bin Laden tweets

By MJD


The backlash to Rashard Mendenhall's Osama bin Laden tweets has gotten a little more real.

Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers running back and guy who probably doesn't like Twitter anymore, has been let go as a spokesman for Champion. Here's the statement released by the company:
Champion is a strong supporter of the government's efforts to fight terrorism and is very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces. Earlier this week, Rashard Mendenhall(notes), who endorses Champion products, expressed personal comments and opinions regarding Osama bin Laden and the September 11 terrorist attacks that were inconsistent with the values of the Champion brand and with which we strongly disagreed. In light of these comments, Champion was obliged to conduct a business assessment to determine whether Mr. Mendenhall could continue to effectively communicate on behalf of and represent Champion with consumers. 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. Champion has appreciated its association with Mr. Mendenhall during his early professional football career and found him to be a dedicated and conscientious young athlete. We sincerely wish him all the best.
Mr. or Mrs. Champion, or whoever is in charge of the company, has a right to employ whoever they want as a celebrity endorser, and since Mendenhall's words run pretty contrary to public opinion, it's probably best for their bottom line to cut and run. I don't blame them.

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