Originally written May 17, 2012 on The Other Paper:
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Osi Umenyiora has apologized for offending women with his "Happy Mother's Day" tweet to Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

The New York Giants defensive end sent the apology via Twitter from Europe in response to an article on ESPN's website which criticized Umenyiora's insult to his NFL and Twitter rival by calling him a woman.

"Replace 'woman' with race, religion or sexual orientation and the reaction would be far different," wrote ESPN's Sarah Spain.  "Just imagine the response from the media and fans if Unmenyiora had tweeted McCoy 'Happy Gay Pride Day.'"

Umenyiora agreed with the writer's point of view and said: "@Sarah Spain is absolutely correct in her article.  I wasn't thinking about it from that perspective.  I apologize to any woman offended.  It won't happen again."



Umenyiora— who missed the Giants' Super Bowl ring ceremony on Wednesday night because he was in Germany— has insulted McCoy before— by referring to him in the feminine gender— after the running back started a Twitter war with Umenyiora last spring.  McCoy used Twitter to describe Umenyiora as "Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly" during contract talks with the Giants.

The defensive end responded by calling McCoy a "little girl, "Lady Gaga," and "a woman"— un-respectively.  He also called him a "Twitter gangster."

On Sunday, after a lengthy truce in exchanging tweets, Umenyiora surprised everyone by tweeting a message to McCoy which read: "Happy Mother's Day LeSean McCoy! Enjoy your special day!"

One person on Twitter thought Umenyiora's apology was an overreaction and told him it was "unfortunate" that people can't take a joke these days.

Umenyiora didn't see it that way and looked at the big picture.

"You have to look at things from other people's perspective sometimes," he responded.  "A joke to me and you might actually offend others."

Spain—via Twitter— told Umenyiora it was "so fantastic of you to actually read the piece and really think about the issue."

Responded Umenyiora: "I always try and look at things from someone else's perspective when it's called to my attention.  You article is the truth."

Maybe this will put an end to this Umenyiora -McCoy Twitter feud.  Settle it on the field guys.


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