Former Steeler Rashard Mendenhall Took to Twitter to Defend AB by Accusing Big Ben of Racism, Before Backpedaling With The Quickness
At the risk of being ignorant to the undertones of what was obviously more of a battle of egos than a inter-organizational race war, I am going to go ahead and say that there are a lot of people going to absurd lengths to pick sides in a Steelers' saga that's become so much of a soap opera that it might as well be entitled 'General Hostile'.
I get that society as a whole has become extremely polarized, but neither Ben Roethisberger or Antonio Brown are anywhere near likable enough for me to cast a vote of confidence in either of their innocence. To be honest, I can't really wrap my head anyone concluding that one has to represent right and other has to represent wrong, when it's pretty obvious - to me, anyway - that they are about as alike as their skin tones are different. By that, I mean they are both nauseatingly egotistical assholes who are quick to point fingers elsewhere, and is there really any protagonist in a dickhead-on-dickhead duel?
Maybe that was Rashard Mendenhall's entire point. If it was then it was made preposterously poorly with an accusation of something as serious as racism that can confusingly be read as either sincere or sarcastic. Regardless, it's pretty clear he's #TeamAB when everyone should really be siding with those that had to work alongside their enigmatic asses the last few years.
Fact is, the Pittsburgh Steelers bowed down to Ben Roethlisberger because he plays the one position with which the entire fate of a football team lies. They decided to stop putting up with Antonio Brown's bullshit, that stunk only as much as his former quarterback's bullshit, because he forced their hand and plays a position which which excellence hasn't equated to championships. Maybe I'm wrong and Big Ben was dropping n-bombs in between audibles while playing for a team coached by an African American, but I'd assume it's much more likely that both him and his main target were just immature, self-involved jackasses whose biggest problem with each other was that they had too many character flaws in common.
If that's the case then it's really only their co-workers that deserve our support, how's that for fair?