Lolo Jones causes stir over Eric LeGrand tweets
Hurdler Lolo Jones trash-talked about head injuries to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand after he jokingly challenged her to a race on Twitter. What she didn't know was the defensive tackle was paralyzed in a game.
After LeGrand tweeted to Jones ''want to race me?'' on Tuesday night, she replied: ''Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, u've been hit in the head... Cos u arnt beating a track athlete.''
When other users informed Jones of LeGrand's injuries, she wrote: ''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.''
LeGrand later tweeted: ''didnt take it personal,understand where ur coming from.All good.''
Several of the tweets were later taken down.
LeGrand broke two vertebrae and suffered a serious spinal cord injury Oct. 16, 2010, during a kickoff return against Army. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, under former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, signed him as a symbolic gesture in May. He now works in broadcasting.
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