Bob Costas was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show and he gave his thoughts on the choice of Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.
Shortly after Caitlyn Jenner came out as a woman, ESPN announced that she would be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs in July. It will be Jenner's first public appearance since her transition was completed.
Costas criticized the choice, saying the choice was all about exploitation and catching more eyeballs for the awards show, rather than recognizing courage.
"It’s a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could have found—and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner—I’m pretty sure they could have found someone who was much closer to actively involved in sports, who would have been deserving of what that award represents."
Costas made it clear that he was happy for Jenner, but his issue lies with ESPN just looking to grab headlines.
"That’s not to say that it doesn’t take some measure of personal courage to do what Caitlyn Jenner has done, but I think that ever year we look across the landscape of sports, and we find prominent people and kids in high school and amateur athletes who I think more closely fit the description of what they’re looking for or should be looking for there. And I think this is a play to pump up audience the way lots of things are put on television, to attract eyeballs, not because of the validity, but because of whatever the kind of gawker factor is."
It's a fair point coming from one of the most respected sports broadcasters of all time.
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