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Rashard Mendenhall Loses Champion Endorsement Over Osama bin Laden Tweets


Rashard Mendenhall Loses Endorsement With Champion Over Osama bin Laden Tweets

If Rashard Mendenhall had to do it all over again, he probably would have never released his controversial comments about Osama bin Laden this week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back was dropped as an endorser by corporate sponsor Champion on Thursday.

Champion is “ending our business relationship” with the running back, stating that the brand doesn’t feel he “can appropriately represent Champion,” said spokesman Matt Hall to Game On!

Mendenhall’s comments were, “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…”

He later followed those comments with, “I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

The 23-year-old football player received immediate backlash, and the Pittsburgh Steelers organization has since distanced themselves from Mendenhall, in a statement from President Art Rooney II, saying, “I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments.”

Mendenhall was an endorser for Champion from 2008-2011, and recently signed a 4-year contract extension to endorse the brand through 2015.

The amount of money that Mendenhall lost due to his Twitter diarrhea wasn’t reported, but it goes without saying that his tweets weren’t worth it.

They should have never gave you football players Twitter.


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  • mickey

    its sad that this guy is being punished for having his own mind. We should all be able to express ourselves in regards to world event without the worry of loss of income.

  • John

    Freedom of speech should be removed from the constitution.

  • Jennifer

    John is exactly right. Rashard had the right to express his opinion without government interference but not without accepting the consequences. You can call someone’s wife a ho and not get arrested but don’t be surprised if you get punched in the mouth. Free speech doesn’t mean people can’t object to what you say…