#ESPY Controversy Continues: Does Caitlyn Jenner Deserve The Arthur Ashe Courage Award?Like


Like many Americans I too am confused by Caitlyn Jenner’s journey to the #ESPY’s. To educate myself and make a better decision I first looked up the criteria for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award (sometimes called the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage or Arthur Ashe for Courage Award) is an award that is part of the ESPY Awards. Although it is a sport-oriented award, it is not limited to sports-related people or actions, as it is presented annually to individuals whose contributions “transcend sports”. Often these transcendent figures are also athletes who have been at the top of their sport, such as Muhammad Ali, Dean Smith, and Cathy Freeman.

List of recipients




Jim Valvano


Steve Palermo


Howard Cosell


Loretta Claiborne


Muhammad Ali


Dean Smith


Billie Jean King


William David Sanders (posthumously)


Cathy Freeman


Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick (posthumously)[1]


Pat Tillman and Kevin Tillman[2]


George Weah[3][4]


Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacLaren


Roia Ahmad and Shamila Kohestani


Trevor Ringland and David Cullen from Peace Players International


Tommie Smith and John Carlos


Nelson Mandela


Family of Ed Thomas


Dewey Bozella


Pat Summitt (Award Video and Speech)


Robin Roberts


Michael Sam


Caitlyn Jenner

The Award description is ambiguous at best, with a wide variety of previous winners. 2013-2015 winners have courage in dealing publicly with “sexual orientation” struggles. Former winners also include the United 93 passengers that saved thousands by attacking their 911 hijackers. Pat Tillman who left pro football to fight in Iraq and was killed.Coaching legend Dean Smith who promoted desegregation by recruiting North Carolina university’s first African-American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, and pushing for equal treatment for African Americans. Oh, and Nelson Mandella…

While Jenner’s athletic record and contribution belong in a lifetime achievement category at any Sports awards show, does coming out as Transsgender at age 65 make him the best choice for the Arthur Ashe Courage award? Opinions truly divided the internet. Directer of “Lone Survivor” Peter Berg made his opinion clear on Twitter by commenting on this meme.


Jenner was a controversial choice for the award, with many pointing out that Noah Galloway, an athlete who lost an arm and leg in war, was more deserving, as was Lauren Hill, who achieved her dream of playing college basketball before she died of brain cancer. NBC broadcaster Bob Costas was among the more vocal critics of the choice.


“It strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play – it’s a tabloid play,” he told the “Dan Patrick Show.”“In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could’ve found someone – and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner – who was much closer actively involved in sports, who would’ve been deserving of what that award represents.

“That’s not to say it doesn’t take some measure of personal courage to do what Caitlyn Jenner has done.”

Costa’s comments echo what many Americans feel but are afraid to say due to backlash. If you don’t believe Caitlyn deserved the award you get labeled “Transsphobic” or worse. Costas is correct that the tabloid angle in selecting Jenner would bring out all the gawkers! ESPN wanted ratings and viewership and they got it. Had they honored Noah Galloway would he have received 1/100 of the viewership as Jenner and his squad of red-carpet walking daughters? That’s doubtful.


The fatal car accident Caitlyn Jenner was involved in this February should have prevented her from winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night’s ESPY Awards, says Jessica Steindorff, a talent manager who was also involved in the accident.

In a statement to ET, Steindorff said:

“I find it difficult to understand how the culture we live in can honor a person who is responsible for taking a life and injuring several others with both an award and a reality show…For an individual who is such a positive role model in many aspects of her life, Caitlyn has failed to do the right thing and take responsibility for her actions.”

“I would hope that someone who seems to greatly value the importance of human existence would be more sensitive to the fact that she ended another person’s life…Sadly we are living in a tabloid society.” via Jezebel.com

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So, how is ESPN handling the criticism? Michelle Beadle summed it up this way:

“This rage over an arbitrary award is silly. Courage and bravery come in many forms and faces. I welcome progress for everyone. #BeYou.”

We are still talking about #CaitlynJenner today so the #ESPY’s win as does Bruce’s Reality Show #IAmCait with tons of free publicity wrapped into an award for courage. Will this type of attention help or harm the #Transsgender community? I’d rather see education and tolerance being spread without an E! camera crew and glam squad to “Kardashify” the issues at hand. Let’s hope this platform helps save lives and not just be used for Jenner’s own personal gain.Caitlyn’s speech below.

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13 Comments on #ESPY Controversy Continues: Does Caitlyn Jenner Deserve The Arthur Ashe Courage Award?Like

  1. This schmuck doesn’t know the first thing about being courageous or being a woman. Being a parent means putting their needs before your own. He has been a terrible father, the neglect of Kylie Jenner is outrageous and nobody gives that a thought. Killing somebody in a car accident that you caused and not missing a beat on your “journey of self-awareness. In fact, fighting the lawsuit because they are only the woman’s stepchildren. “Anarchism.” Courage would have been facing your mental problems and not involving ten other people as your beards. Remeber when Marlon Brando won an academy award and he hijacked the show by giving a lecture about American Indians until they got the hook? That’s what it reminds me of. This guy didn’t care about the bullied transgendered people in the seventies, eighties and nineties, etc. How is wearing a dress in front of millions of people courageous? He spent a fortune on custom made gowns, hair extensions, over a million dollars on facial surgery. Why not donate that money to young LGBT people who need counseling. How about saying, thank you for the award, and I will be making a large donation to the needy. He is prancing around at some racetrack in a a five thousand dollar outfit. He is an attention whore and the media are his sheep!

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    • donewithbravo // July 18, 2015 at 3:33 am // Reply

      Brava!! Well said, Gessie!! LOVE IT!! Sadly, this is all soooo true! The sheep all fall in line and fall for this crap and if some of us could see thru it (to *gasp* see reality!!!) then we’re anti-transgender. Puleease! This jerk’s a jerk no matter what sex he chooses to be today! He won’t donate a dime to the LGBT community. It’s all about his branding, making more $$ and living selfishly. Meanwhile there are true humanitarians like Sir Elton John, whose AIDS foundation brings in millions/year and empowers people with awareness and knowledge and actually makes a change! Blechhh. I can’t stand this whole K/J family.

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  2. This guy is such a dick. He told ESPN to give him that award. Excuse me, they were advised to, same thing! Who goes around requesting awards? He’s got some balls. Oh wait

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    • Yes he does and that’s still the problem! He can turn back at any point. When the memoir is published, he’s done 2 seasons of his own show, and $500M is in the bank he will be daddy again. Oh wait..he still let’s the kids call him daddy. Forgot.

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  3. donewithbravo // July 17, 2015 at 2:52 am // Reply

    Oh Lord. I couldn’t even read the entire article for a few reasons. I loved Arthur Ashe. He was an amazing tennis player and human being, graceful, intelligent and wonderful. This person seems to me to be really disturbing and disgusting. I don’t care what he/she has done for the LGBT community. IMO, he’s only done a huge disservice. He won’t finish with the surgeries. He still has his balls and pickle and I doubt HIGHLY he’ll get rid of them. Mark my words: This is the BIGGEST branding the K family has pulled off. He might go back to being a “he” when he’s done. He’ll be whatever he wants to be. I do believe he likes to dress up. That being said, his own children and his own mother have told stories about how disgusting of a human being he’s been. He abandoned 3 sets of children. He was mean to his own mother forever (until now). So now we’re supposed to believe that he/she is happier and in turn will finally be nicer to his loved ones? Give me a freakin’ break!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s another self-centered, twisted creep who does NOT deserve this award! Can’t the entire K/Jenner family go into hiding? Perhaps in FL, where all of the people in hiding go.

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