47. Freedom of Speech Is A Double-Edge Sword

Who: Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Offending Tweet: @R_Mendenhall: "What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never heard speak. We've only heard one side..."
Date: 5/2/2011
Consequence: Champion pulls million dollar sponsorship deal

After many people took to the streets to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, Rashard Mendenhall took to Twitter to question their judgment and put forth his own 9/11 conspiracy theories. The running back immediately felt backlash from fans, players, and media members. Yeah, you can say what you want but they can react how they'd like to, too.