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Bob Costas: Caitlyn Jenner Courage Award a 'Crass Exploitation Play'

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 09:17 PM

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas says Caitlyn Jenner should not be given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY Awards, calling the move "a crass exploitation play."

Appearing Monday on the syndicated "Dan Patrick Show," Costas said the award should go instead to an athlete currently involved in sports.

Jenner won the gold medal for decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. The courage award is being given at the July 15 ceremony for Jenner's announcement this year of making a transition from male to female.

Costas wished Jenner "all the happiness in the world and all the peace of mind in the world," but said, "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."

ESPN, which hosts and broadcasts the ESPY sports awards, has been targeted by petitions saying others are more deserving, including double amputee war veteran Noah Galloway and teenage basketball player Lauren Hill, who raised $1.5 million to fight cancer before she died in April.

The awards ceremony will be Jenner's first public appearance since the transition announcement in Vanity Fair on June 1.

Upon learning of the honor, Jenner issued a statement saying, "For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers."

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NBC sportscaster Bob Costas says Caitlyn Jenner should not be given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY Awards, calling the move a crass exploitation play. Appearing Monday on the syndicated Dan Patrick Show, Costas said the award should go instead to an...
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