Rashard Mendenhall has learned the hard way that speech isn't exactly free in A-merry-ca. Exercising his rights given to him by the first amendment of our Constitution is going to cost him big time. It has already started.
Poor Mr. Mendendall, the vitriol that has been thrown his way would leave one to wonder if he was one of the 19 hijackers who came into our country on September 11, 2001, and killed almost 3,000 of our fellow A-merry-cans.
What he said was no doubt dumb, but he had every right to say it. This is, after all, A-merry-ca.
Rashard is a football player, fans of the NFL should keep that in perspective. As long as he performs on the field and doesn't break any laws it should be a wrap. But we all know that it doesn't work that way in A-merry-ca. It's never about the person's actions, but who is doing the acting. We are funny like that.
I blame the people around Mendenhall as well. They should have told my man about the dangers of tweets. Twitter can be a good thing, but it can sink you. It will probably sink this Steelers career for sure, and that's a shame. After the Rooneys let him go he will have a tougher time finding a team to take him than Michael Vick did. (Eagles we could always use a good running back.)
Now, as is to be expected, he is backtracking faster than one of his teammates who plays cornerback. I can't say that I blame him given all that is at stake, but I am afraid that it's too late, the damage has been done. The tweet is out there, and A-merry-ca has passed judgement on Mr. Mendendall.
Rashard, I hope you saved your money. You are going to need every penny of it.
Finally, shout out to Steven D for picking up the Bobby Yates story we posted here and posting it over at Daily Kos. My man is all over the case as well, and I say the more the merrier.
Also, thank you Nancy Lockhart for sending me all the material and transcripts from the case. That is serious FNB by both of you.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers who visit the fields!!!