|He said WHAT?|
I was looking forward to a night off from the blog as we began spring practice today and I'm tired, but Rashard Mendenhall has ticked me off with his ignorant opinions. So much so, that just had to put this story together tonight. If you missed the action, here were his Tweets after the capture and death of Osama bin Laden:
"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..."
Regarding September 11:"We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."
First, let me say this: My celebration on Monday was not simply for the death of Osama bin Laden; instead it was a celebration of THE CARRYING OUT OF JUSTICE! If it's even possible for the thousands of families who lost loved ones due to the terrorist acts of bin Laden, there was closure in his death.
Did Mendenhall really say we've never heard Osama speak? You mean, like on those videos? The ones where he took credit for the Sept. 11 attacks and said there would be even more blood shed for us American "infidels" in the name of jihad? There were countless other videos produced by al-Qaida where bin Laden took credit for other attacks as well as inciting others to do the same. Has Mendenhall never watched the news?
Did he really say we never will know what happened on Sept. 11? I know he was only 13 at the time of the attacks, but did he not have a television at home? If so, he must have missed the part where the planes crashed into the Towers and then collapsed on LIVE television.
I fully understand that as an AMERICAN we have the right to have our own opinions. As a teacher, I encourage my students to formulate their own opinions, even if it's not the popular opinion. Some people even like to be contrarians, or "devil's advocates", but not if it means being a total buffoon in the process.
Rashard Mendenhall will certainly regret making these ignorant statements, if he isn't regretting it already. There has been a tremendous backlash already that could derail his career, a la John Rocker. If he doesn't regret his statements, then he needs to be placed on the "No Fly" list.