May 4, 2011
A running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rashard Mendenhall, sent out a Tweet recently saying he does not believe hijacked planes are capable of taking down buildings.
“We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style,” Mendenhall said in the Tweet.
He also commented on the alleged assassination by Navy Seals of Osama bin Laden: “What kind of person celebrates death?” he said in response to public displays of jubilation following the announcement that Osama was supposedly killed in Pakistan. “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”
In response to Mendenhall’s comments, team president Art Rooney II released a statement. “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,” said Rooney.
It is unclear if Mendenhall’s comments will negatively impact his career. Other public figures, including Charlie Sheen and Rosie O’Donnell, have suffered consequences for opposing the official version of 9/11 events.