NFL Mendenhall Lands In Hot Water After Bin Laden Tweeting

Since Sunday when President Barack Obama officially announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and the US were holding his body, the internet has been a hive of activity. We have given you news concerning the impact it has had on social media as a whole, and how social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and YouTube have been inundated with users messages of celebration and rejoicing.

But is this the opinion of everyone? Of course we have to remember that everybody is entitled to their own thoughts, but for NFL player Rashard Mendenhall who plays for Pittsburgh Steelers, comments he has made on Twitter have been deemed offensive and subsequently have put him in hot water!

On Monday, a day after the announcement of Bin Laden’s death, the player took to the popular Twitter site and tweeted, “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…” This was just one of his tweets that could see the player punished by the NFL for his comments.

According to Adam Ostrow over at Mashable, the player regardless of what he may have been thinking at the time, has now had to deal with many of his Steeler team players distancing themselves from him.

Adam reported that the Steelers President Art Rooney II said, “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.”

What are your thoughts on Mendenhall’s tweets? Do you think that celebrities should be more careful what they put on sites such as Twitter? Are you disappointed by his comments?