Lolo Jones didn’t know who Eric LeGrand was when he decided to holler at her on Twitter. She does now, though. About a million seething Twitterers quickly let her know after she responded to this LeGrand tweet: “want to race me?” with this one: “Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, u’ve been hit in the head… Cos u arnt beating a track athlete.”
Here’s the thing about ole Eric LeGrand…he WAS hit in the head, really hard in fact. It left him paralyzed from the neck down as a defensive tackle at Rutgers. His obvious tongue-in-cheek tweet was a softball lob over the plate and an attempt at humor, most likely to flirt with the Olympic heart throb. She turned on it and ripped it over the left field fence, though, then strutted around the bases.
After learning of LeGrand’s condition, Jones backtracked. It was an honest mistake. A gaffe.
Great 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
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) October 3, 2012
Thankfully, LeGrand is a cool customer. Not only did he not take the trash talk personally, he stuck up for Jones.
This stuff between @lolojones is ridiculous, she is a great person who misunderstood what I tweeted. People stop bashing her it’s not right
— Eric LeGrand (@EricLeGrand52) October 3, 2012
Such a sweet kid. These Twitter monsters won’t soon forgive Jones, sadly. Fucking animals.