Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora during Super Bowl XLVI Media...

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora during Super Bowl XLVI Media Day at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. (Jan. 31, 2012) Credit: J. Conrad Williams

Osi Umenyiora has apologized for wishing LeSean McCoy a “Happy Mothers Day” on Twitter last weekend. Although it should be noted he did not apologize to McCoy.

What he did was recognize that his comments were disrespectful to women after an article was written on the matter by Sarah Spain for espnW.

“@SarahSpain is absolutely correct in her article,” Umenyiora tweeted Thursday. “I wasnt thinking about it from that perspective. I apologize to any woman offended”

Spain pointed out that “the use of 'woman' or 'female' or 'girl' as an insult is sexist, plain and simple. Replace 'woman' with race, religion or sexual orientation and the reaction would be far different. Just imagine the response from media and fans if Umenyiora had tweeted McCoy 'Happy Gay Pride Day.'"

Umenyiora, who was not at the Giants’ Super Bowl ring ceremony last night and made references in other Tweets to being in Germany, is relatively new to Twitter. He’s already created several stirs on the social networking medium by calling out McCoy and stating that he’ll probably be in a wheelchair by the time he’s 45. He later said that was an exaggeration, but Umenyiora seemed to be sincere in his apology in this case.

“Big props,” Spain Tweeted back to Umenyiora. “So fantastic of you to actually read the piece and really think about the issue.”

“I always try and look at things from someone else's perspective when it's called to my attention,” Umenyiora replied. “You article is the truth.”

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