Steelers player expresses sympathy for bin Laden

Rashard Mendenhall (34) of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after running for an eight yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
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Rashard Mendenhall (34) of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after running for an eight yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

On his Twitter account, Steelers player Rashard Mendenhall identifies himself as a "conversationalist and professional athlete."

Well, the running back will be sure to stir up some conversations with some of his Tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden.

Mendenhall is apparently irked by people rejoicing in the death of the al Qaeda leader and actually shows some sympathy for the man accused of orchestrating the murder of thousands.

"What kind of person celebrates death?" Mendenhall says. "It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side."

Referencing bin Laden's role in the Sept. 11, 2011 terror attacks, he says: "I'm not convinced he was even behind the attacks we have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the gov telling us."

Mendenhall also casts doubt on whether the jetliners that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11 could actually take down the twin towers.

"We'll never know what really happened," he says. "I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style."

Mendenhall is certainly entitled to his opinions but it's safe to say that after these eyebrow-raising comments, he may get some suggestions to change his Twitter profile from "conversationalist" to "conspiracy theorist."

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