How about showing up to support your fellow teammates?
This is the equivalent to Cam Newton pouting on the bench when he was benched after a horrific day. And his fellow teammate (i.e. Steve Smith) didn't appreciate it and called him out on it. Smith's comments towards Cam would hold true in this scenario as well.
Excellent point. The first game on the sideline, Mendenhall seemed somewhat disengaged, but he could at least have the decency to show up.
Originally Posted by steelz09
He is paid to be part of the team and part of that is showing up. He's paid to be there.
That's what I was going to say. Y'all are acting like it's all about the fumbles. That may be the impetus, but who knows what else there is involved--maybe the way he reacted, maybe actions that preceded it, maybe it's an attitude that has always be an issue...
Originally Posted by eniparadoxgma
Everyone else can call it petty, etc. But in the grand scheme (i.e. if Dwyer can stay healthy), who cares about his fumbling-in-the-Super-Bowl-@s$.
(And BTW lloydroid: Don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back.)
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Disappointing. Sad, really. I imagine the background has more to it than will be known here. It's been an uncomfortable fit between the Steelers and Mendy. Hope he finds a better fit elsewhere.
uhh, maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Steelers are paying him millions so he should be interested enough to follow team rules and show up as required, whether dressing or not.
Originally Posted by SteelCrazy
They have to set an example, for one thing. 1. Even if inactive, for home games, you are expected to be there. 2. If they let Mendy slide on this, then they are that anyone inactive is okay not to show up. Have to keep discipline.
Agreed exactly. The same guys here complaining about this suspension, are the ones complaining about the Steelers lacking focus, discipline, etc. Set rules, expect them to be followed, or move on to a team that doesn't care about rules (like the Raiders).
Originally Posted by spyboots
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Fine him 5,000 bucks, but dont suspend him. I really dont want the guy back next year (or Dwyer for that matter), but suspended for 1 game seems excessive to me. However its apparent I'm wrong.
Maybe this is the move that lights a fire under these slackers butts.
Mendy was a 1st round pick
Mendy is in his contract year
He needed to perform and failed to do so.
Probably a lot more going on than we know about.
Reminds me of Ricky Williams situation except Mendy is high on life
Originally Posted by Chadman
To say that the Steelers "gave Brown Mike's money" would imply that the Steelers had no other reason to sign Brown and only gave him a contract out of spite. I don't think that's accurate. I think that the Steelers wanted to keep Brown regardless of their situation with Wallace. If Wallace doesn't want to sgin a contract, why would they want to deal with their top 3 WR in free agency in 2013? Brown would have been a RFA along with Sanders and Wallace an UFA. By giving Brown a contract, you've dealt with 1/3 of the problem already. I don't think that's petty...
Mendenhall received a game check for Sunday and didn't show up to the stadium. They paid him for not coming to work. Why should they not recoup that loss? To accuse the Steelers of pettiness in this situation but eaving Mendenhall blameless doesn't make any sense to me...