Brace yourself: Andre Ethier is the cover boy for Los Angeles Times magazine

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Andre Ethier is a brave man, a very brave man.

Anyway, I’m going with brave. It’s just possible you might have another reaction to Ethier’s decision to pose for a cover story/photo spread for Los Angeles Times magazine.

This follows the, er, controversial cover spread in the same magazine back in May of Kobe Bryant. Those androgynous photos caused a mini-sensation, Kobe complaining the photos were doctored and teammates unsure of what the stylist was going for.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson likened Kobe in the photos to the villain Judge Doom in the film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit.’

Nothing quite so outrageous in the Ethier spread, called ‘Dre’s Anatomy,’ though the polished cheeks on the cover shot in the almost Zoot-suit attire gives pause.


Inside there is a shot with some velvet green-looking pants and jacket, but Ethier manages to pull it off with his manhood intact. And you gotta love the Rat Pack look in the black-and-white checkered jacket picture.

The accompanying story focuses on his interest in family, faith, fashion and food. Though he loses all credibility here as a bon vivant with his declaration that if had to live on one food it would be Korean spicy tofu soup. Really, tofu?
-- Steve Dilbeck