Haven’t the world learned by now that women cannot and should not be ignored? Apparently not, but Simone Biles is here to remind everyone. The gymnast called out ESPN on Tuesday for completely disregarding women on Twitter.
In a now-deleted tweet, ESPN’s SportsCenter shared an image by artist @dayxsleep, which highlighted some of the “Greatest of All Time” or GOATs in various sports. The image features big names like Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, and Michael Jordan, but there is not a woman in sight.
“There are so many women I can think of that belong in this photo yet there are none,” Simone said in response to the image and she immediately gained support from others on Twitter. “Thank you @Simone_Biles for once again speaking out for women’s sports, and as an extension, for women and girls all around the world. In this day and age, shame on you, @SportsCenter,” one user wrote.
Others pointed out that in SportsCenter‘s version of the image, Serena Williams seems to be squeezed in the top right corner, but she isn’t in @dayxsleep’s original one.
Today reached out to Simone and asked her who should have been included in the image. Of course, Simone mentioned Serena, as well as Olympic swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, members of victorious 2019 World Cup soccer team, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, basketball player Sue Bird, Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix, and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
Of course, Simone deserves her place in the image as well considering she’s out here getting moves named after her because no one else can pull them off. Luckily, someone fixed the image for her.
According to Today, when they reached out to ESPN to comment on the image, they admitted “that posting the male-dominated image of GOATs was a mistake,” hence their decision to delete the original tweet.
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