NFL Player Deletes ‘Truther’ Tweet After bin Laden Death

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall skeptical about 9/11 narrative
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 5:54 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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(Newser) – Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers might have some explaining to do to the boss after controversial tweets the night of Osama bin Laden's killing, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Mashable. Among them:

  • “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.” (This one seems to be the most dicey, and Mendenhall has since deleted it, notes NBC's PFT blog.)
  • “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…” (It's the last sentence that's drawing the most attention.)
  • "For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell ... I ask how would God feel about your heart?"

"I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments," said team President Art Rooney in a statement today. "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." Mendenhall's feed hasn't been updated in a while. Click to read the White House's clarification on how the raid went down.

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