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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Mendenhall responds to James Harrison

By James Walker

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has had his share of controversy this offseason. In May, he made some curious remarks on the death of Osama bin Laden and the events of 9/11, and today he finds himself in the middle of another media firestorm courtesy of teammate James Harrison.

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But Mendenhall is taking the high road. Via Twitter, the running back says he's not taking issue with Harrison calling him a "fumble machine."
"I dont have a problem with what [Harrison] said because I know him," Mendenhall tweeted.

But Mendenhall was quick to point out a link on his Twitter account to his statistics from 2010. He only had two fumbles.

Mendenhall is correct in pointing this out. He's had ball-security issues early in his career but made major strides in that department last season.

But a huge, game-changing fumble in the second half of Super Bowl XLV seems to overshadow much of the good progress Mendenhall made -- even in the eyes of teammates.