PITTSBURGH -- Rashard Mendenhall has created a stir with a string of comments made on his official Twitter page regarding Osama bin Laden's death.
The Pittsburgh Steelers running back on Monday 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..."
Referencing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he wrote "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style." That particular tweet was removed on Tuesday.
"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."
"Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other," Mendenhall posted at the time.
Mendenhall is coming off a tremendous season, as he led the AFC champions in carries (324), rushing yards (1,273) and rushing touchdowns (13). He has 2,439 yards in three seasons since being drafted in the 2008 first round out of Illinois.
Among his other bin Laden tweets:
"I believe in God. I believe we're ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge."
"Those who judge others, will also be judged themselves."
"For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn ... I ask how would God feel about your heart?"
"There is not an ignorant bone in my body. I just encourage you to think."
Mendenhall's string of tweets ended around 6 p.m. Monday. He has not tweeted since.
But he remains a hot topic. Sports radio talk shows in Pittsburgh -- and around the nation, for that matter -- were fielding calls on Tuesday about him.
Mendenhall has more than 18,000 followers on Twitter, up from 13,631 before his latest string of tweets, and he personally follows 66. Included in the group he's following is the Dalai Lama, comedian Sarah Silverman, and the Park Community Church in Chicago.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press