Olympian Lolo Jones is making headlines, but not for her prowess in track and field.
The hurdler came under fire Tuesday night for a comment that she made on Twitter. She responded to a tweet from former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand.
“Want to race me,” LeGrand tweeted at Jones. In response, Jones said, “Get checked for a concussion. clearly u've been hit in the head ... cos u arent beating a track athlete."
LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2010 game against Army. Jones claims she didn’t know who LeGrand was, but that didn’t stop people from criticizing her.
When she was informed of LeGrand’s predicament, Jones became very defensive.
“Great I'm gonna get murdered for that tweet,” tweeted Jones. “When I had no clue who that dude was. Just responding to any athlete who challenges me to a race.”
After seeing the responses Jones was getting, LeGrand told her that he didn’t take any offense to the tweet.
“Didnt take it personal, understand where ur coming from. All good.”
Jones eventually released a statement to Yahoo Sports, further clarifying her comments.
"I'm truly sorry if I offended anyone by my tweet," said Jones. "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."