The First Amendment is great. It allows us to express ourselves without fear of being forcibly silenced by government. Unfortunately, some people say some pretty ridiculous things that upset others. That's the sacrifice we have to make to keep this freedom.
With that in mind, I completely support Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's right to tweet ridiculous statements on 9/11 and Osama bin Laden. I also completely support my right to call him an idiot.
If you haven't heard about Mendenhall's tweets, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a few here, and the Beaver County Times has some more here.
|You might not want to make stupid comments|
that will get people angry when they are
already mad you fumbled in the Super Bowl.
The first sentence from his first tweet wasn't bad. He was questioning the people who were celebrating death. It was a valid argument. Then he went all conspiracy theorist idiot for the rest of the tweets. Neither of the sources linked to above had Mendenhall's tweet where he said "There isn't an ignorant bone in my body." That could be debated when you consider the rest of his tweets.
Mendenhall had a problem with people hating a man "They never heard speak." What? Where was Mendenhall when bin Laden was releasing tapes left and right bragging about the attack against the World Trade Center? We didn't hear just one side. It was very clear that bin Laden was happy he orchestrated the murder of thousands of Americans and wanted to kill more. I can completely understand people hating him with a deep passion. Especially those directly affected by 9/11 and the wars that followed.
Then there was the tweet about having no evidence that bin Laden was behind 9/11. Once again, someone needs to inform Mendenhall of the multiple videos bin Laden released touting the destruction of the WTC.
I guess Mendenhall thought he passed the point of no return, as he kept adding fuel to his tweeting fire. "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard believing could take a skyscraper down demolition style," Mendenhall tweeted. We know exactly what happened. There is video evidence, countless witnesses and phone calls from people trapped on the planes. Four planes were taken by terrorists, who then flew the planes into strategic targets. The passengers of one plane tried to retake the plane, resulting in a crash in Somerset, Pa. These are facts. Mendenhall comes off as an ignorant conspiracy theorist.
Promoting the conspiracy that perhaps the United States government played a role in plotting 9/11 is irresponsible. It's hurtful to the families and friends of the victims, first responders and soldiers who lost and sacrificed so much on that day and in the years following.
The man has a right to believe and say stupid things. I don't even want him punished by the Steelers or the NFL. I do think someone, a coach or a teammate, needs to sit down with him and tell him how ridiculously dumb he is making himself look with his tweets.
This is not an isolated incident. Back when Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was tweeting that the NFL was like modern day slavery, Mendenhall was tweeting away about how right Peterson was.
Mendenhall says he doesn't have an ignorant bone in his body. My Google on the human hand begs to differ. According to answers.com, the human hand 27 bones in it. So Mendenhall is using 57 ignorant bones to tweet his nonsense.
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