INDIANAPOLIS — Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora found out you don’t mess with the media.


Umenyiora missed yesterday’s media session and was fined $20,000 for his transgression.


For his part, Umenyiora apologized immediately. He said it wasn’t intentional and a mere misunderstanding.


“I misunderstood the schedule,” Umenyiora said. “It won’t happen again, and I will be at tomorrow’s media session and available after the game. I apologize for any inconvenience my absence this morning may have caused.”

For comparison’s sake, Giants safety Kenny Phillips was fined just $7,500 for a helmet-to-helmt hit in last week’s NFC?Championship game against the 49ers.


Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8. He is in Indianapolis all week for Super Bowl XLVI.