ESPN doesn’t seem too privy to the reality that men hurt

On a Wednesday afternoon episode of ESPN’s Highly
 co-hosts Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo Le
Betard and Sarah Spain discussed
whether people have the right to continue body-shaming NFL
player Eddie Lacy. Facebook user Sawyer Jenkins first captured
the cringe-worthy discussion titled “Should People Stop
Body-Shaming Eddie Lacy?”

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innumerable celebrities and public figures, Lacy has been the
target of body-shaming internet trolls. While the
athlete’s unstable weight has been the subject of ridicule for
years, it’s now back in the limelight.

Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks a year after the team’s

coach publicly stated Lacy would have to lose weight
order to return to the team. Following the March signing,

trolls promptly resurfaced tweets of Lacy
four to six years ago which conveyed his affection for
Chinese food. They used Lacy’s posts to create memes with the
intention of ridiculing his weight.

The actual banter that took place during the insensitive ESPN
discussion is irrelevant. The real issue here is that the
conversation was even had at all.  As a result of the
televised debate, Highly Questionable essentially
framed a form of bullying as something that could be justified.
ESPN would have been unarguably dragged to the ends of the
earth had they made a woman the focal point of that
conversation. I mean, the brother even made it clear
to another ESPN outlet that he was hurting as a result of
the cyber attacks.

“It sucks,” Lacy
told ESPN The Magazine in an article published earlier
on Wednesday
. “It definitely sent me into a funk. I wish I
could understand what they get out of it.”

“You just can’t shake it,” Lacy said of the body-shaming. “And
no matter what, you can’t say nothing back to them. You just
have to read it, get mad or however it makes you feel, and move
on. I could be 225 and they’d still be like, ‘You’re still a
fat piece of s**t.’”

Weight is a sensitive subject for both men and women. Given
Lacy’s status as a Black man, the illegitimization
of him as an emotional being made the discussion further
infuriating given the pressures Black men regularly
face to be impassive.

The internet needs to leave Lacy alone and ESPN needs to know
that not everything making waves on social media deserves