Caitlyn Jenner is facing more critics after ESPN announced she’ll be the recipient of their prestigious courage award — an honor many think should go to late basketball player, Lauren Hill.
Caitlyn Jenner, 65, is about to celebrate another huge accomplishment. The former Olympian will be awarded the ESPYs’ Arthur Ashe courage award on July 15th, which some believe should have gone to 19-year-old Lauren Hill, the heroic basketball player who lost her battle with brain cancer in April.
“Elective surgery isn’t courage or bravery,” a Twitter user named Kristin wrote on Wednesday, June 3. “Fighting brain cancer with grace and dignity at 19 is. Lauren is most deserving.” Messages such as this flooded social media after it was announced that Caitlyn, formerly Bruce Jenner, would be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award later this month at the ESPYs. Fans of the late basketball star were upset that their beloved Lauren would not be recognized at the prestigious, athletic event.
It’s understandable why people believe Lauren should receive the Arthur Ashe award posthumously. Diagnosed with brain cancer in high school, the stellar athlete was an inspirational figure who raised over $1 million for cancer research and touched innumerable lives when she reached her goal of playing in an official college basketball game. Lauren’s grace and bravery was apparent to anyone who followed her story. Her fans’ outrage over her not receiving the award is understandable, but it’s sad that many feel the need to cut down Caitlyn at the same time.
But Caitlyn is going to be fine, don’t worry. An insider EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife that the former Olympian is going to cry “tears of joy” while receiving the award. Most importantly — she needs a killer dress!
What the hell am I going to wear? http://t.co/HoXNQasAXM
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 2, 2015
Before the Lauren Hill controversy, it was rumored that Caitlyn was also picked for the courage award over Noah Galloway — the long distance runner and personal trainer (and third-place finisher on the latest season of Dancing With the Stars) who lost his left arm and leg while fighting in Iraq. While the reports read that Noah was a runner up for the award behind Caitlyn, an ESPN spokesman said there was “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 Awards, according to MTV News.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Caitlyn deserves the Arthur Ashe courage award? Sound off in the comments and be sure to take our poll!
— Samantha Wilson