Mark Ingram, Jemele Hill Feud: ESPN Should Apologize To Saints RB If Hill Doesn't [VIDEO]
The only thing Jemele Hill did right was not respond. But perhaps her employer should on her behalf.
The ESPN "His and Hers" co-Host engaged Saints running back Mark Ingram in a Twitter war during the NCAA national championship game Monday night.
Ingram, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, took part in the game's coin toss, representing Alabama along with current Crimson Tide Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.
At 6-3, 242 pounds and in full uniform, Henry looked significantly larger than the 5-10, 215-pound Ingram, who was in street clothes -- a fact not lost on Hill.
When you're little brother gets the size and speed and all you get is a strong hairline pic.twitter.com/nLc7QnESST
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 12, 2016
Hill has built a strong Twitter following, in part for her personality and sense of humor, but she was wrong to make fun of Ingram. Period. Ingram fired back at Hill.
@DaBlueprint357 @jemelehill oh u talkin bout tales from the cript lookin shawty w the lace front?! — Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) January 12, 2016
But no one knows the adversity or the effort Ingram put in to become the athlete he is today. As of this moment, he is a far more accomplished football player than Henry and wasn't blessed with Henry's size.
Hill seems to think that simply because Ingram is a professional athlete, he's fair game to make fun of. Short jokes, however, are soooo 20th century, and Ingram deserves a lot more respect than that.
The ESPN personality likely struck a chord with the Saints RB. If she wanted to send a direct message to Ingram with her observation, that's one thing. But she clearly wanted her followers to see how witty she is at Ingram's expense and that was wrong. Ingram, who likely had not had any interaction with Hill before Monday, simply attempted to put a stop to a putdown from Hill -- however lighthearted -- that reached her 387,000 followers (of which she received more than 3,700 likes and retweets combined.
If his was mean-spirited, remember that he didn't start the feud. If she hasn't already done so, Hill should apologize to Ingram. If she doesn't, then ESPN should apologize to Ingram for her.