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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Rashard Mendenall criticize U.S. celebrations over Osama bin Laden’s death

05.03.11 at 7:46 am ET
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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
NBA Playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT; WEEI)
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Bucks swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts was not impressed by the celebrations in America after the announced death of Osama bin Laden, comparing them to Taliban celebrations after 9/11. “We just looked like the Afghan people, a decade later,” he said. “That’s not what we should be doing, celebrating with beers and all that. I didn’t agree with that. That’s just me.”

Douglas-Roberts acknowledged that bin Laden deserved to die, but he didn’t agree with the cost to America. “Was the search for bin Laden truly worth so many American military deaths, over so many years?” Douglas-Robert wondered, saying it took 919,967 deaths and $1,188,263,000,000 to catch the terrorist.

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took it a step further, implying that there was a conspiracy to bring down the World Trade Center 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,” he tweeted.

Of America’s reaction to bin Laden’s assassination, Mendenhall tweeted: “What kind of person celebrates death. It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

♦ The Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine released its findings on the brain of former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, and there were signs of a “moderately advanced” case of CTE. “It’s my greatest hope that his death will not be in vain and through research his legacy will live on so others won’t have to suffer in the same way,” said Duerson’s son, Tregg.

♦ At National Football Post, Joe Fortenbaugh has 10 burning questions from the NFL draft. Two of them involve the Patriots: Is Tom Brady pissed off after the team drafted Ryan Mallett? And, was it a reach to draft cornerback Ras-I Dowling 33rd overall?

Real Clear Sports has a list of 10 diminished sporting events. No. 1 is heavyweight boxing, followed by the World Series, the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 3, 1999, which Red Sox player ripped a grand slam for his first hit in the major leagues during a loss to the A’s?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you lose your first two games in your home building, I would say there’s a real expectation for the Bruins to win the series now. So it relieves us of the pressure, I believe, a little bit to just go in and play a game in Boston. And while it relieves us of the pressure, it certainly mounts onto them to be successful now that they have a 2-0 lead.” — Flyers coach Peter Laviolette

STAT OF THE DAY: 22 – Shots by the Flyers in the third period of Monday night’s loss to the Bruins, a home playoff record (none of the shots beat Tim Thomas)

‘NET RESULTS: Braves slugger Jason Heyward and the Stanford Tree mascot star in the latest ESPN commercial.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Creighton Grubanich

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Frankie Valli is 77 Tuesday.

Read More: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Dave Duerson, Osama bin Laden, Ras-I Dowling