In this day and age of social media platforms everywhere you look, all the world really is a stage, and no one seems to take advantage of it better than pro athletes. Every thought they put out there, be it on Facebook or on Twitter, they can be assured that hundreds, thousands, even tens and hundreds of thousands will salivate over every word. Unfortunately for some, that could be a double-edged sword, as evidenced by the comments that Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rashard Mendenhall, made about the news that the USA had finally found and killed Osama bin Laden.
Mendenhall immediately tweeted his thoughts, which were:
"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..."
Then, if that ignorant comment wasn't enough to get him slammed for what could have been looked at a simple case of a lack of patriotism, he took it a step further, tweeting next:
"We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style"
Combining a total lack of sensitivity for those who died and those who lost their fathers, moths, sister, brother, parents and children on that fateful day, with the ignorant earlier comment, Mendenhall opens himself up to a ton of negative publicity, including those who would normally count themselves as his fans.
No one would care if those were his opinions, which they obviously are, but to put them out there for the entire world to see and judge, only paints him as an incredibly stupid, young man that should remember what our teachers used tro say while we were growing up in grade school, which was to "remember to put your brain in gear before you put your mouth in motion!"
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