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Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

Posted on: May 14, 2011 5:30 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

It's unlikely that we'll grow tired of talking about Rashard Mendenhall on Twitter. That's mainly because he keeps tweeting, of course.

Like, on Saturday, when Mendenhall seemed to start off on an apology tangent (or a "here's what I've learned" tangent at least), when he decided to veer in a similar "outside the box" Twitter rant.

"I've learned more these last few weeks than some people will ever even attempt to learn their whole lives," Mendenhall tweeted. "Conventional wisdom is the new Jolly Roger."

What? Conventional wisdom is a pirate ship? That sounds like an Anchorman quote.

I kid, of course -- Mendenhall is making reference to the use of "Jolly Roger" to mean "poison" or "a hazard." In which case, he's actually making a fairly provocative statement, only he's doing it in an intelligent way. (Which is quite different than what he did the first time.)

The point Mendenhall's trying to make is that he wants people to "think."

That's all well and good, and anyone who says they don't want professional athletes to think and to have opinions about worldly topics is playing too much into a stereotype.

But it doesn't change the fact that Mendenhall still needs to do that himself before he decides to pass along an opinion in a shortened medium like Twitter that doesn't provide much room for explanation.

If he really has learned his lesson, he'll remember that next time around.

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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:58 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

As hard as it is to make a living now days; this guy just lost big bucks for expressing himself on twitter.

Of course he's going to say he learned his lesson.. He doesn't want to lose any more endorsement deals!


Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:24 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

To me, the guy is an Al Quaida sympathizer for no other reason than he publicly insinuated a conspiracy theory behind 911, ie., that he didn't see how a couple of airplanes couldn't do that type of damage by themselves.  But in the long run, he's probably just a guy who usually likes to run his mouth, and now has backed himself into a corner.  What's perhaps most aggravating about this is how every time he Tweets, ReTweets, etc., he does so in a way that makes him sound like a condescending bastard.  We get it, Rashard, you think you are the world's foremost "Thinker", and that most people are idiots who need to be enlightened.  We got that the first time, and we continue to get it every time you open your f'ing mouth, or Tweet it for that matter.  I don't Tweet, and therefore I'm not privy to the history of what Rashard has Tweeted in the past.  However, I would like the media to that, and if the guy is a total hypocrite, to point that out.  I'm referring to a statement on this site by another poster that basically said that Rashard also uses Twitter to talk about sexual services that women should perform for men, and air his lude stream of consciousness.  If that is true, as this other poster pointed out, then it's hard to buy the other half of his Bin Laden Tweets, namely the part that admonishes anyone who celebrated Bin Laden's death, along with all the Bible verses he used to support that stance.  I hope that NFL fans, and particularly those in Pittsburgh, are very hard on this guy.  He deserves it, in my humble opinion.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:45 am
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Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:38 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

He learned a lesson, really?? It's just like everyone else who "learns a lesson" after they get caught or called out for their actions. I learned a long time ago that the first thing you say or think about a subject is what you truly feel. The problem now with things like Twitter is that they can come right out. I would have had more respect for him if he would have just stuck to his guns instead of trying to "delete" what he thought and then apologize for it.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:08 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

I say good for Rashard Mendenhall. If people actually did some independent research they would soon find that what we are told by the mainstream media is oftentimes not the truth! The mainstream media is owned and controlled by people and corporations with an agenda. (usually financially and/or politically motivated) Anyone who just automatically buys into conventional wisdom without researching and thinking for themself, IS a blind sheep.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 3:19 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

Can someone explain to me why when mendenhall says/tweets things like this hes a independant thinker.  Yet when someone responds to his ideas with a differant outlook.  That person is now a blind sheep. 

Is there some kind of unwritten rule that states if you bealive something that the majority happen to bealive.  You couldn't of come to that conclusion yourself?

No possible way that maybe, just maybe you looked at the facts, and decided for yourself what you thought was true or not?

Does this apply to every single person who has ever agreed with the majority in all of history?  Or is it just the people who don't agree with what you think on various topics?

I'm going to assume that you bealive what you bealive, because you looked at the facts, and came to that conclusion.  Yet you don't think its the least bit possible that someone did the exact same thing as you, and came to a differant conclusion? 

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 2:36 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

dude...ive lost all respect

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:53 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

Jolly Roger is a pirate flag (usually the famous skull and crossbones, but it has had numerous versions), not a ship.

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:17 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

I think this kid needs a second chance. I was mad at first and wanted the Steelers to rid ourselves of him. However, the Seals who killed OBL are the real heros and I'd bet they would give him a second chance. The kid said things better left unsaid. But our Military men and women fight and have died for our right to say what we want or feel. I don't agree with him I'm glad OBL is dead and I'm proud of our Military for killing him straight up. No trails no nothing. I'll give him a second chance just like I did Micheal Vick and all the other NFL players that have screwed up in that past. And as we all know there's a long list of them, they make mistakes just like we do and sometime say things we as fan agree or disagree with but HE has figured out he was wrong and apolized and hopefully learned his lesson. We all say things we wish we could take back. Give him a break yea without sin cast the first stone. PLUS why is are some people turning this into a black and white issue. I'm white and forgive him and he is black lets all just get over the whole black and white thing. Our country has more issues to deal with than that. I mean come on all people black or white has to pay 4.00 dollars a gallon for gas and that should be our main issue and getting jobs back from China.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:12 am

Mendenhall kind of claims he learned a lesson

Mendenhall:  "I've learned more these last few weeks than some people will ever even attempt to learn their whole lives,"

This is likely a very true statement.  It indicates how stupid he was to start with and that the crowd he hangs with is equally ignorant.  I'd guess he's right.  He's come a long way and he's about as smart as he's going to get.

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