Well, at least Bob Costas has the guts to call out ESPN giving Caitlyn Jenner the “courage award:”
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The NBC Sports stalwart was on The Dan Patrick Show this week stumping for his new book when the topic turned to the annual honor presented at the ESPYs to an individual “possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.” This year it’s Caitlyn Jenner, who won the 1976 Olympic decathlon as Bruce Jenner. Costas — who ruffled so many feathers with an on-air rant about gun control in 2012 — seemed to take issue not with Jenner’s widely publicized transition to a woman but with her ties to sports.
“Awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation,” he told Patrick, whose syndicated radio show is simulcast on DirecTV. “It’s a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could’ve 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 awards represents. … 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.”
Good for Bob for calling it the way it is.