On May 2, 2011, many took to the streets to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. But Rashard Mendenhall took to Twitter to criticize their actions and state his belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories. "What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they never even heard speak. We've only heard one side...," Mendenhall continued by questioning the destruction of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style." The Steeler running back later said he didn't mean to cause harm to anyone but just wanted to "generate conversation." As a result of the controversy, Champion sports apparel decided to end their contract with Mendenhall.