In an earlier post today, I discussed the case of Luke Scott, designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles, and discussed his less than sophisticated views on the whole birther controversy. Well, sports fans, you ain’t heard nothing yet.

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Rashard Mendenhall is (perhaps this should be changed to the past tense) a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is apparently also an avid devotee of Twitter. As such, following the demise of Osama Bin Laden, he must have felt that the world eagerly awaited Big M’s feelings about OBL and about 9/11. So, he shared them with the world. Oops.

On Sunday night and Monday, Rashard tweeted a number of fiery posts, including such gems as:
(regarding OBL’s death, and the American public’s attitude towards it)

‘What kind of person celebrates death? Amazing how people can HATE man they’ve never even heard speak. We’ve only heard 1 side.’

(re 9/11)

‘We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take skyscraper down demolition style.’

Now, Rashard attended the University of Illinois, a fine institution of learning. I’m sure he took a number of engineering classes as part of the Sports Management curriculum there. So, he must be pretty knowledgeable about the subject. Perhaps, Illinois is unlike most major colleges, where Sports Management classes are taught by the football staff, and the most difficult of the courses require players to learn to color within the lines.

As far as celebrating a person’s death who they’ve never heard speak, I’d hazard a guess that when people of my parents’ generation heard that Hitler died, they all celebrated, realizing that this may signal that their loved ones might return home soon. I’m not sure, though. Rashard might know better; I’m sure he took a number of advanced History classes, when he wasn’t learning his ABC’s at Illinois.

But Mendenhall has an even bigger problem. As I wrote earlier, he is a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately for him, the owner of the Steelers, Dan Rooney, is also currently serving as Ambassador to Ireland. As such, he probably will want to disassociate himself from such loony remarks. The Steelers (obviously, the greatest sports franchise of modern times) has a weird attitude for professional teams. When somebody does something that the team finds embarrassing, and does nothing to remedy this, they find themselves traded or cut.

When Mendenhall later tried to delete these tweets, he found out that the internet is indeed a vast array of wires and tubes, and that once something is out there, if someone else decided to save it, it’s pretty hard to erase. I’m going to guess that, for Mendenhall, once the lockout ends, he will find himself on a plane to a team where owners are less concerned with players spouting nonsense. I’m also going to guess that the team won’t be the Redskins, Giants, or Jets.