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Fresh on the heels of his support of Adrian Peterson's "NFL as slavery" analogy, Rashard Mendenhall(notes) has taken what's certain to be another popular position: defending Osama bin Laden.

Let's go to the tweets:

Is it really amazing that people can hate someone they've never heard talk? Was there no hatred before radio? Were people in the U.S. in 1865 ambivalent about John Wilkes Booth because they'd never been to one of his plays and/or didn't have DVD players? There's an intellectual conversation at the root of Mendenhall's initial point -- how much should we celebrate the death of a terrorist? -- but judging by his other comments, let's chalk that up to accident. (Plus, who hasn't heard bin Laden's voice? His videos have been played countless times in the past decade.)

No, no, Rashard, I think you're confusing the destruction of the Twin Towers with the end of "The Sopranos." We all know how the World Trade Center building came down. Two huge planes were flown directly into them and started fires that compromised the structural integrity of the building's steel thus leading to each to collapse on itself.

Mendenhall wrote another tweet that cast doubt on whether bin Laden was even involved in 9/11. "I'm not convinced he was even behind the attacks we have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the gov telling us," he wrote.

The tweet has since been removed.

If you're keeping tabs at home, Mendenhall asserts that he's never heard bin Laden's voice and hasn't see any evidence of his guilt. This video would probably blow his mind then.

[Update: Mendenhall offers 'clarification' of bin Laden comments ]

Look, you won't hear something you don't listen to and you can't see something you haven't looked at. We'd all be wise to do both in regards to Rashard Mendenhall and his ignorant, faux-intellectual ramblings.

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