The Eagles’ usually quiet third-year running back LeSean McCoy has found himself in a media firestorm this week, centering on a long-brewing feud with Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. According to Umenyiora, trash talk between the players began in 2010, during two Eagles-Giants games in which McCoy ran for a combined 175 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries, while Osi recorded only seven total tackles and zero sacks. On Thursday, however, the war of words got a lot more personal.
In response to an ESPN report discussing Umenyiora’s recent complaints against the Giants’ front office and his desire to part ways with the organization, McCoy took to Twitter to announce:
“Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly”.
Umenyiora responded by going on a media rampage yesterday, conducting several radio and newspaper interviews for no other reason than to publicly bash Shady.
“I mean, he’s a girl, man,” Osi told the Newark Star Ledger. “Who does stuff like that? If he has more of these things to say, he can say ‘em to my face. Don’t be no Twitter gangster man.”
In other interviews, Osi went on to call McCoy “Lady Gaga”, “a nobody”, and made it clear that he “hates” the 22-year-old former Pitt Panther. Shady, since his initial tweet, has kept quiet on the matter, refusing to speak to the media or even address it via social media. The closest he came to a response was he retweet, yesterday, of one of his followers’ comments:
“I bet the real Lady Gaga could break 100 yds against the Giants D next season. Show ‘em what you got Shady!”
Neither he nor Drew Rosenhaus, his agent, seem inclined to let the war of words escalate any further, which is probably the best for everyone right now. But don’t think we’ve heard the last of this feud, as analysts and broadcasters will be sure to bring it all back up again prior to the Birds’ week three matchup against the G-Men. It’s a game I’m sure both players have already circled on their calendar.