Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall reportedly sues Champion for ending endorsement deal after controversial tweets

July 19, 2011 - 3:57 am

Welcome to Tuesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY: MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall came under fire in May after sending messages on Twitter criticizing Americans for celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden and insisting there's no evidence bin Laden was behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As part of the fallout, athletic clothing company Champion canceled a sponsorship deal. Now, Mendenhall is suing the company, according to Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV. '™¦ The controversy at ESPN involving writer Bruce Feldman and his reported suspension for writing a book with former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach '€” who is suing ESPN '€” has become even more convoluted. Kelly McBride of the Poynter Review Project, in a story on ESPN.com, tries to break it down. She insists that Feldman never was suspended but rather that managers asked him not to write anything until they decided how they were going to handle the matter. Meanwhile, #freebruce continues to be a trending topic on Twitter, and Feldman continues to be mysteriously silent. '™¦ The New York Daily News has the court transcript from the Roger Clemens trial to better explain what the prosecution, defense and judge were thinking when a mistrial was declared last week. An interesting tidbit is that the defense did not initially object when the offending video was show, and that apparently caused Judge Reggie Walton to hesitate before declaring the trial over. '™¦ The USC football team suspended leading rusher Marc Tyler after the senior tailback joked with TMZ that he was getting paid to play in college. Tyler, caught on camera outside a West Hollywood nightclub, also made distasteful comments about reality TV star Kim Kardashian, the ex-girlfriend of former USC running back Reggie Bush. Tyler, son of former NFL running back Wendell Tyler, said he had sought counseling this summer after two incidents in the spring involving misbehavior toward women. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 19, 1983, a seven-day trial to determine ownership of the Red Sox ended in Suffolk Superior Court. Jean Yawkey, John Harrington and Haywood Sullivan prevailed over which former trainer turned businessman? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We made it to the finals after not having been there since '99. We have to keep things in perspective. We created a buzz back here. We lifted women's soccer around the country and even around the world." '€” U.S. women's soccer player Carli Lloyd, upon arriving in New York and being welcomed by a few hundred fans STAT OF THE DAY: 1,996 '€” Career strikeouts in a Red Sox uniform for Tim Wakefield, leaving him four short of joining Roger Clemens as the only Sox pitchers with 2,000 'NET RESULTS: Planking can be dangerous. Here's a backward penalty kick from an Arabic soccer game. TRIVIA ANSWER: Buddy LeRoux SOOTHING SOUNDS: Queen guitarist Brian May turns 64 Tuesday.