Umenyiora on Thursday apologized for the "Happy Mothers Day" tweet he directed at McCoy on Sunday, which drew the ire of an ESPN reporter.
"It's time to put an end to these lazy, damaging jeers," Sarah Spain wrote in a column for espnW. "It's time to stop spreading the message that being female is inherently wrong or inferior. 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.' "
@SarahSpain is absolutely correct in her article. I wasnt thinking about it from that perspective. I apologize to any woman offended
- Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) May 17, 2012
Female gender: 1; Free-wheeling tweet-machine Osi Umenyiora: 0
Spain appears to have forgiven the Giants D-lineman:
"@OsiUmenyiora so fantastic of you to actually read the piece and really think about the issue," Spain tweeted at Umenyiora on the heels of his apology.
A momentary calm in the storm of this Technology Age spat.