Rooney says Mendenhall's comments hard to comprehend
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall and Art Rooney II at the 2008 training camp.
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, right, holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy while standing next to team president Art Rooney II after the Steeers beat the Jets.
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Steelers president Art Rooney II said this morning that halfback Rashard Mendenhall's comments about 9/11 and Osama 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," Rooney said in a statement released by the Steelers this morning. "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."
Dan Rooney, the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Steelers chairman emeritus, today praised the work of his country's military after Navy Seals killed terrorist Osama bin Laden.
On the website of the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and under the headline, "Obama Calls Death of bin Laden an Act of Justice,'' the following paragraph was written near the end of the piece:
U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Daniel M. Rooney said in a statement "I am proud and grateful for the President and all the men and women of intelligence and military communities for their constant demonstration of courage and bravery. Their actions this weekend have made the world a safer and more just place to live for all humanity."
Among Mendenhall's series of Tweets about 9/11 Monday evening:
• "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style"
• "I believe in God. I believe we're ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge."
• "Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves."
• "For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell ... I ask how would God feel about your heart?"
First Published May 3, 2011 9:59 am