Francesa On ESPN's Body Issue: 'Who Cares?'

LISTEN: 'They Try To Make It Like It's An Art, It's Not'

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September 05, 2019 - 4:21 pm
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ESPN comes out with a magazine every year called "The Body Issue" that features some top athletes posing naked as a form of art. Mike Francesa doesn't believe that is the case ... and he doesn't really care for it. 

"Does anybody care about this issue where they have these naked athletes? Does anybody care about seeing Brooks Koepka naked swinging a golf club? Is this supposed to be titilating? What is the idea? They try to make it like it's art. 'This is an expression of the human form. This is a celebration of bodies to their max.' No, it's not," Francesa said on WFAN Thursday. 

"It is the same mentality that try to sell Sports Illustrated with the swimsuit issue until they basically were running pictures that when I was a kid they were in Playboy. It's the same thing. It is trying to sell magazines and putting athletes in there that they hope people wanna see naked. That's what it is. It is not any expression of the human form. If you were going to do that, you wouldn't do it with famous people. This is about trying to sell magazines and hoping that someone is going to be excited about seeing the person who is a star in their sport without their clothes on. To me, I've never even opened one of those issues. I couldn't even tell you. I just happened to see the thing today where Brooks Koepka was on the cover swinging the golf club naked. That was it. I hope Brooks got a kick out of it, but hey that's about it. Who cares."

It's safe to say The Body issue will not be seen anywhere in the Francesa household.