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Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall loses an endorsement gig for his unpopular comments about bin Laden

 
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Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall loses an endorsement gig for his unpopular comments about bin Laden
The backlash to Rashard Mendenhall's Osama bin Laden tweets has gotten a little more real.

Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers running back and guy who probably doesn't like Twitter anymore, has been let go as a spokesman for Champion. Here's the statement released by the company, via USA Today:

Champion is a strong supporter of the government's efforts to fight terrorism and is very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of the U.S. Armed Forces. Earlier this week, Rashard Mendenhall(notes), who endorses Champion products, expressed personal comments and opinions regarding Osama bin Laden and the September 11 terrorist attacks that were inconsistent with the values of the Champion brand and with which we strongly disagreed. In light of these comments, Champion was obliged to conduct a business assessment to determine whether Mr. Mendenhall could continue to effectively communicate on behalf of and represent Champion with consumers. While we respect Mr. Mendenhall's right to express sincere thoughts regarding potentially controversial topics, we no longer believe that Mr. Mendenhall can appropriately represent Champion and we have notified Mr. Mendenhall that we are ending our business relationship. Champion has appreciated its association with Mr. Mendenhall during his early professional football career and found him to be a dedicated and conscientious young athlete. We sincerely wish him all the best.

Mr. or Mrs. Champion, or whoever is in charge of the company, has a right to employ whoever they want as a celebrity endorser, and since Mendenhall's words run pretty contrary to public opinion, it's probably best for their bottom line to cut and run. I don't blame them.

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Re: Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall loses an endorsement gig for his unpopular comments about bin Laden
No, what he did was question the celebration of death and wonder if maybe the government wasn't telling the people the truth (others have also done this recently). Is that so bad?
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05/06/2011 04:22 PM
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No one is aloud to ask any questions in the future. Thinking is for criminals and terrorist.
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keep your head down and be a good sheep or we'll take money from you, signed tptb.
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05/06/2011 04:24 PM
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That sounds almost like Mendenhall is an intelligent NFL football player. He must have come from a real university. Will wonders never cease!
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05/06/2011 04:25 PM
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Stop buying Champion goods.Fuck them.
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Re: Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall loses an endorsement gig for his unpopular comments about bin Laden
Remember, just a couple of days ago, Kornheiser and Wilbon, especially Kornheiser, were asking whether or not he should be cut from the Steelers for questioning the official versions of the OBL saga and 9/11. This really happened, on ESPN.
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sports are a major circus
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Did I read that right?

Champion is a strong supporter of the celebration of death.
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Re: Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall loses an endorsement gig for his unpopular comments about bin Laden
Watching, not playing, sports are used to distract the simple-minded and the-all-too-easily-entertained from the wonders of the universe.





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