First and foremost, we need to acknowledge something. We are very privileged to live in the United States of America. In times like this, you look around the country, especially in the Middle East where they train 12-year old kids to be suicide bombers, and it’s obvious to see how lucky we are. With that said, we also have the right of freedom of speech. Rashard Mendenhall, with his recent twitter posts, is exercising his freedom of speech.
My stance is this… I get it, but I don’t get it. I can understand what he’s saying about celebrating death. I do think the country could have gone about it a little differently than popping champagne. However, I do think that Mendenhall is taking it to far. I do take issue with this post in particular….
“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
It should come as no surprise to anyone that professional athletes don’t have the common sense to bite their tongue with some things. I will respect the fact Rashard feels a particular way, but dude you just don’t go there. Regardless of what you think, it’s an issue that requires a tremendous amount of sensitivity. Everyone’s ego is too big, and they think they’re opinion should be heard on every issue. He’s making a critical mistake in that he thinks EVERYONE’S hatred is race driven. Forget that. Throw that out the window and look at the crimes committed. Men in the United States have received the death penalty for far less, and people have been punished with death for crimes since the beginning of time.