ESPN recently announced that it would honor Caitlyn Jenner at the 2015 ESPYs with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Since then, social media users have lashed out and said other candidates, like Noah Galloway, deserve it more. But was Noah even a contender? Find out!
We’re so happy for Caitlyn Jenner. The 65-year-old will be honored at this year’s ESPYs with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, ESPN recently announced. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. Following the announcement, people on Twitter have expressed their disappointment over the fact that someone like Noah Galloway — who lost his left arm and leg as a soldier in Iraq, but went on to become a distance runner, personal trainer, and the third-place finisher on the most recent season of Dancing With The Stars — was not deemed worthy enough. A few Twitter users even claimed Noah was the runner-up. Was he really, though? Here’s what we know.
In a statement to MTV News on June 3, an ESPN spokesperson confirmed there is “no such thing as a runner up for the three major awards,” referring to the Arthur Ashe Courage award, the Pat Tillman Award for Service and the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. In fact, ESPN’s press release which announced that Caitlyn would receive the award, didn’t even mention any other nominees.
The misunderstanding actually started with a tweet posted by Gerry Callahan, a Boston Herald columnist, according to Washington Post. Apparently, his Twitter message was presented with a sarcastic attitude about ESPN’s decision to honor Caitlyn. And then it became a meme, which circulated around social media. (See it below.)
If Caitlyn Jenner is more courageous then Noah Galloway then I’m not sure what kinda world I’m living in… pic.twitter.com/AbJLuzVpJa
— Caylee Roth (@CayNoel) June 2, 2015
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