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.' "