As if Rashard Mendenhall’s controversial tweets about Osama bin Laden and the September 11th terrorist attacks weren’t enough, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back has decided to stand his ground two months later by filing a lawsuit against Hanesbrands for terminating his endorsement deal following the comments.
A day after Mendenhall’s remarks, Hanesbrands, who owns Champion, ended their deal with Mendenhall and refused to pay him his remaining $1 million on the next five years of his contract. CNBC’s Darren Rovell first reported the news via twitter.
Mendenhall’s ridiculous news just seems to be a typical day in Pittsburgh for the Steelers this offseason. His wide receiver Dancing with the Stars teammate, Hines Ward, was arrested for DUI last week, then his rage-filled linebacker teammate, James Harrison, made harsh remarks towards commissioner Roger Goodell days later.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him,” Harrison said in Men’s Journal.
One has to expect that the Steelers will face some suspensions at the beginning of the season once the new CBA gets hammered out. While Mendenhall’s comments are more stupid than suspendable, his actions certainly don’t make the Rooney family proud. It’s funny to think that their probably most proud of Ben Roethlisberger, whose rockin’ wedding is set for the end of the week.