Last week, following the news of Osama bin Ladan’s death, Mendenhall put out some pretty interesting Tweets about the story and 9/11. Here are a few tweets from Mendenhall’s account:
“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…”
“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
First of all, I’m not here to dispute conspiracy theories and talk politics. And if I was, I certainly wouldn’t go see a football player for a crash-course in ethics or to get his professional opinion in structural engineering.
The interesting part, as reported by ESPN (check out the full story here), is that his apparel endorsement deal with Champion appears to be over just a couple days after Mendenhall and Champion agreed to a four-year extension, all because of a few tweets. I really don’t know what the point of this post is. All I know is that if I find out that Mendenhall is upset about getting dropped, I am really going to be pissed.
On Mendenhall’s Twitter page, he describes himself as a “conversationalist and professional athlete”. Rashard, I think you got the order wrong. You’re a pro athlete then a conversationalist. Please keep in mind that if you weren’t a pro athlete, nobody would care that you’re a “conversationalist”.
Rashard, people like the way you play football. People also like the way you look wearing their apparel. Why did you take all of that liking and assume people would like what you have to say? I seriously don’t have a problem with the tweets (that doesn’t mean that I agree to them but I can appreciate somebody saying something they believe is correct).
Again, I’m not ripping him for simply stating something he believes or asking thought-provoking questions. I’m just sick and tired of another famous person, somebody who lives in a world where people slurp you up because you a) have money; b) have friends because of a); c) you’re right all the time because nobody wants to tell you otherwise, again, probably because of a); and d), at least in Mendenhall’s case, is good at football, wanting to help little ol’ me out by explaining how the world works.
I think the one message Mendenhall was trying to get across, at least what I’ve figured out with the first tweet, is that people can be pretty short-sighted and ignorant. Then, Mendenhall dives into, what I’m guessing, is his very broad and extensive background in Civil and Stuctural Engineering to question how the buildings fell. In one tweet, he rips the ignorant and foolish, then in the next, he is the ignorant and foolish.
Please remember Rashard, just because you have 43,000+ followers on Twitter for Rashard Mendenhall the football player, doesn’t mean that Rashard Mendenhall the “conversationalist” has 43,000+ followers as well. You’re a football player. Please remove “conversationalist” from your title, put your helmet, and just play football.