Social media gives fans a window into their favorite athletes’ inner thoughts.
That’s not always a good thing.
And an NFL star’s racist rant against white people led to this jaw-dropping response.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall rushed to the defense of embattled head coach Mike Tomlin with a post on social media saying he was “sick of average white guys” analyzing the game.
Mendenhall then declared he wanted the league’s All-Star game to turn into a race war with an all-black team playing an all-white team as Mendenhall wrote that the all-black All-Stars would destroy the white team.
“I’m sick of average white guys commenting on football. Y’all not even good at football. Can we please replace the Pro Bowl with an All-Black vs. All-White Bowl so these cats can stop trying to teach me who’s good at football? I’m better than ur goat,” Mendenhall wrote.
Mendenhall’s post came as criticism of Tomlin – who is black – mounted after the Steelers fell to 7-7 and last place in the AFC Central following a 30-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, where the team’s offense sputtered yet again.
Tomlin has coached the Steelers since 2007 – the Steelers have only had three coaches since 1969 – and won a Super Bowl in 2008.
But the team has missed the playoffs in four of the last six seasons and hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2016 season.
Mendenhall injected the race stink bomb into the discourse surrounding the team when, by any objective metric, Tomlin would be on the hot seat.
Former Houston Texans legend JJ Watt tried to respond with humor, saying an all-white Pro Bowl team would struggle to cover Miami Dolphins star receiver Tyreke Hill.
Someone in social media wondered why Watt would dismiss Mendenhall’s racism.
Watt – who was the three-time defensive player of the year and made five All-Pro teams – explained he wanted to show how preposterous Mendenhall’s comments were through humor.
“Buddy, listen… We don’t need to be offended by everything in the entire world. He said white guys can’t play football. I thought to myself, ‘I’m a white guy. I’m very good at football’ and concluded that his statement had no validity,” Watt wrote in response.
“Instead of arguing, I had some fun. End,” Watt concluded.
Mendenhall then tried to claim he was the actual victim in this situation, ranting that fans calling him out for his racism only proved his point.
“Simply tired of being berated by people who aren’t experts in de game. We just pretend like I’m the only athlete tired of fans talking trash? You are upset over a single tweet.
What about us? Like me or not, I’m a GREAT in football. This proves my point, you can’t speak on ball alone,” Mendenhall wrote.
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