July 20, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing the parent company of the Champion sports apparel maker, calling the decision to drop his endorsement deal over his tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a breach of contract.
“For Rashard, this really is not about the money. This is about whether he can express his opinion.” — Steven Thompson, Mendenhall’s attorney
He also tweeted on the Sept. 11 attacks: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”