Posted on Jun 6, 2015
SSgt Charles Edwards
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http://www.inquisitr.com/2143514/caitlyn-jenner-lauren-hill-controversy-outrage-over-arthur-ashe-courage-award-to-caitlyn-not-hill-or-noah-galloway/

The world wide leader in sports has stirred up controversey by awarding Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce) the Arthur Ashe Courage Award scheduled for the ESPYs later this summer. What makes this such a joke is that there are two other deserving individuals of the award. They are Lauren Hill and Noah Galloway.

Lauren Hill grabbed our attention by wanting to play collegiate basketball despite being diagnoised with a terminal brain tumor, but was able to play briefly and her story helped raise a lot of money in cancer research.

Noah Galloway is a man that many of us show great respect and admiration for (although, I personally didn't know his story until recently) after losing two limbs in combat. Galloway literally gave an arm and leg in service of his country, but didn't let the drastic change hold him back. Now, he's an avid participant in extreme sports and even appeared on Dancing with the Stars.

Both of these people didn't ask for the hand that was dealt them, but overcame the odds. With Jenner, that is not the case.

I'm not going to talk about someone's lifestyle or bring them down. My argument is the recognition of the true receipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. ESPN must feel that a former Olympic champion who changed sex is more courageous than the trials and tribulations endured by Hill or Galloway.

Jenner made a conscious decision to make a dramatic, life-altering change. Hill and Galloway did not, though an argument could be made for the latter that he knew what he was getting into with his service. Ultimately, ESPN dropped the ball and missed a golden opportunity to bestow such an important award on someone who was much more deserving. In my opinion, Jenner is not that person who should be given the award.

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LTC Stephen C.
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SSgt Charles Edwards, I decided a long time ago to consider ESPN nothing more than a means to watch games and events that I wish to see. I don't watch any of their talk shows (but for College GameDay), and I have no respect for any of their decisions such as the one you describe. It's a network that has their own agenda (IMHO), and I'm not going to let them direct my traffic.
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SSgt Charles Edwards
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One thing I forgot to touch on was the fact the network likes those feel good, human interest pieces. Any given time during the year, we see stories about those who overcame adversity and reached their goals (like Miss Hill) or how some team/athlete reached out to offer their support to someone (usually a child) while they battled considerable odds. How awesome would it be for one such story to continue on with the culmination of an award that more or less defined the struggle?

I could give a damn about someone's life choices, but sacrificing your frank and beans for a pair of fake breasts is not courage.
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LTC Stephen C.
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I couldn't agree more, SSgt Charles Edwards.
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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Caitlyn ne Bruce Jenner has not been a competing athlete for decades so honoring her with a courage award is nothing more than playing to media frenzy, IMHO.

BTW notice the whole issue of the traffic accident where her car hit another and killed the occupant has fallen by the wayside. Wonder why that is? Is SHE not responsible because only HE was there at the time or would it be an all too convenient black eye that makeup needed to cover? Hmm...
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TSgt Kenneth Ellis
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The cowardly lion has more courage than Bruce Jenner.
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