On Monday morning, ESPN debuted its 2017 Body Issue on Twitter, featuring NFL running back Zeke Elliott and Danish tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki on its covers.
Their cover debuts were shared in the form of a GIF-video, posted on ESPN’s official Twitter account, reports HuffPost.
You can now add "cover boy" to Zeke's resume. pic.twitter.com/DSS8r0Jzef
— ESPN (@espn) June 26, 2017
Elliott’s cover shows the athlete posing completely buck naked under a curtain of water holding a football.
The tweet left some ‘fragile’ male Twitter users horrified at seeing another man’s body on the cover of a sports magazine, with many threatening to unfollow ESPN’s twitter account.
Zeke the goat but I gotta unfollow espn. Videos of ITs ass and now this?
— Яaymond (@Nizmond) June 26, 2017
Get this off my tl
— rlz (@ThotVeteran) June 26, 2017
SPORTS. THE S STANDS FOR SPORTS. NOT STRIPPERS
— low key squidward (@ewwitzclutchy) June 26, 2017
Didn't need to see this before breakfast
— Rodney (@Easy132) June 26, 2017
what the hell?
— reuben (@ReubenAlxander) June 26, 2017
ESPN is straight garbage now.
— KingRupert (@KingRupert845) June 26, 2017
Why 21,000,000 and counting have Dropped @espn. 💥 💥
— barstoolsailor (@steel1man) June 26, 2017
As HuffPost writer Jenavieve Hatch noted, when Caroline Wozniacki’s cover was posted on Twitter, there was no outpouring of male revulsion and outrage:
she will no doubt leak a sex tape before ever winning a grand slam.
— KoalaDude (@koala_dude) June 27, 2017
I think she's ready for a lot more than Wimbledon…
— James Pimenta (@JamesPimenta2) June 27, 2017
— JunkyardDawg (@NBAisTrashNow) June 27, 2017
“What kind of man can’t handle seeing half a butt cheek? one with very frail ego. man up!” fired back one user.
what kind of man can't handle seeing half a butt cheek? one with very frail ego. man up!
— JamieJoy Houck-Gatto (@mindcaviar) June 28, 2017
But if it was a woman, it would be ok, right?
ESPN, feel free to have as many naked men on your cover as possible!
— Damion J. Rowan (@DJRMewzique) June 28, 2017
— David A. Lee (@PSDavid) June 28, 2017