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Rooney can’t “explain or even comprehend” Mendenhall’s comments

Art Rooney II

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, arrives for negotiations with the NFL Players Association involving a federal mediator Friday, March 11, 2011 in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


In the hours after Osama bin Laden was killed, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall posted some messages on Twitter suggesting that he doesn’t think bin Laden was behind 9/11. Steelers President Art Rooney II said he’s baffled that Mendenhall would say such a thing.

“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 posted at the team’s web site. “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.”

Mendenhall’s Twitter comments included criticism of people who celebrated bin Laden’s death and doubts about what really took down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

“We’ll never know what really happened,” Mendenhall said. “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Clearly, Rooney has a hard time believing one of his players could make such crazy remarks.