Steelers' Mendenhall removes 9/11 comment from Twitter
May 4, 2011 4:00 AM
Steelers president Art Rooney II and running back Rashard Mendenhall.
By Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers halfback Rashard Mendenhall removed one of his controversial comments from his Twitter feed but has not talked publicly since his series of tweets on the social media site about the death of Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 terrorist attacks prompted an uproar around the country.
Mendenhall, Profootballtalk.com first discovered, removed the comment he made Monday evening that "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."
He has not posted a tweet since Monday evening.
The distaste with some of his comments on Twitter reached the president's office of his employer. Art Rooney II issued a statement Tuesday that Mendenhall's comments about 9/11 and bin Laden's death were hard to comprehend.
"I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments. 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."
The @R_Mendenhall name was among the top 10 most read on Twitter for a time Tuesday.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, asked in March if he had a policy on his players use of social media, replied, "As long as they don't specifically discuss our business I'm not against it. I'm not a proponent of it. I think it's a generational thing. I think I missed that window."