ESPYs Criticized For Honoring Caitlyn Jenner With Arthur Ashe Courage Award Over Lauren Hill

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The announcement that Caitlyn Jenner is set to receive the ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award is being criticized by sports fans on social media who think Lauren Hill, a college basketball player who died of cancer, should have been bestowed the award instead. Hill, who played basketball for Mount St. Joseph University, continued to participate in sporting events and raised money for cancer research up until she died on April 10. Now, many sports fans who feel Hill deserves the award more than Jenner have been tweeting the hashtag #LaurenHillESPY.

CBS Sports personality Doug Gottlieb cried foul on Twitter, saying “I can think of no more courageous or deserving athlete this year than the late #LaurenHill – should have been Arthur Ashe recipient IMO.” A sports fan named Dustin McKissen added,”Caitlyn Jenner over Lauren Hill for @espn Arthur Ashe Courage Award? Good for Jenner, but Hill was the most courageous person in sports.”

The NBC-TV affiliate in Cincinnati reached out to Lisa Hill, the late basketball star’s mother about the controversy, and she told the station, “Never thought that our small-town Lauren would make a national platform,” adding, “Although Caitlyn has a different type of courage, there is a lot of courage there but a totally different type of courage.”

As Gossip Cop previously reported, the ESPYs announced Jenner’s award on Monday, with executive producer Maura Mandt saying, “Bruce has received many accolades over the years for being one of the greatest Olympians of our time but the ESPYS are honored to celebrate Bruce becoming Caitlyn.” The awards show is set to air July 15 on ESPN. What do you think about fans criticizing the choice of Caitlyn Jennifer for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award?


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