Lolo Jones Regrets Insensitive Tweet To Eric LeGrand

Lolo Jones, the track star who lives on Twitter, wishes she did not have a false start on her Tweet to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed on the football field.LeGrand, whose profile does not indicate that he is confined to a wheelchair, apparently jokingly challenged Jones to a race, and that sparked Jones’ response that read: “Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, you’ve been hit in the head. . . Cos you arnt beating a track athlete. . . ”That’s when Twitter went wild. Soon, Jones realized her gaffe when someone Tweeted to her: “You know he’s a quadrapalegic now?’“No. Dnt know. Sry. Dont know every football player,” Jones replied. “He challenged me to a race and I responded. . . ”Then she Tweeted: “I’m gonna get murdered for that Tweet. When I had no clue who that dude was. Just responding to any athlete who challenges me to a race.”Even later, Jones acknowledged that she was “getting trashed by tons of people.”Give her credit for trying to minimize the damage and not let it just fade away. She sent a statement to Yahoo! Sports that read:  “I’m truly sorry if I offended anyone by my tweet. When Eric challenged me to a race earlier all I knew was that he was a football player, but certainly had no idea he had become paralyzed from a football injury. I thought I was tweeting in good fun like I always do with the many athletes who challenge me to races.”LeGrand has been magnanimous, Tweeting: “Sorry for all this crazy stuff being said. Much respect for you” and “this is wild did not know this was going to happen. You have a supporter in me for sure.”Since being paralyzed two years ago, he has stood  on his own, led the the Rutgers football team onto the field for a game in 2011, been given the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPYs, vowed to walk again and been an quite a brave and inspiring man.You can bet Jones will do a little more research when tempted with an aggressive response. Or, at least, that’s the hope.

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