Bob Costas questions ESPN's motives behind Caitlyn Jenner Arthur Ashe Award

Bob Costas Questions ESPN's Motives Behind Caitlyn Jenner Award

Bob Costas is the latest celeb making headlines for comments about Caitlyn Jenner, but this time the Internet's reaction is truly mixed.

The sportscaster recently blasted ESPN on "The Dan Patrick Show" for awarding Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

"I wish Caitlyn all the happiness in the world and all the peace of mind in the world. However, it strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play -- it's a tabloid play. In the broad world of sports, I'm pretty sure they could've found someone -– and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner –- who was much closer to actively involved in sports, who would've been deserving of what that award represents."

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Bob Costas questions ESPN's motives behind Caitlyn Jenner Arthur Ashe Award
In this June 1, 2015 photo, a journalist looks at Vanity Fair's Twitter site with the Tweet about Caitlyn Jenner, who will be featured on the July cover of the magazine. Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender Olympic champion formerly known as Bruce, on Monday unveiled her new name and look in a sexy Vanity Fair cover shoot -- drawing widespread praise, including from the White House. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campaigners -- and many well-wishers -- welcomed the high-profile debut, as did the 65-year-old Jenner's family, which includes the media-savvy celebrity Kardashian clan. 'I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self,' Jenner wrote in her first tweet after the magazine released the July cover photo by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. (Photo credit Mladen Antonov, AFP/Getty Images)
Great day yesterday for Father's Day. We had so much fun off-roading. So much love and support! Love my family!
The best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun #Caitlyn #ServingCindyMcCainRealness #TransRepubsAreTheBestRepubs (dying for that old school glamour waist to breast ratio)
A photo editor views the July cover of Vanity Fair featuring Caitlyn Jenner on June 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner is an Olympic atlete who came out publicly as transgender in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Caitlyn Jenner poses for Annie Leibovitz on the cover of Vanity Fair #CallMeCaitlyn
SO gorgeous!!!! RT #BruceJenner's first photo as a woman revealed! Meet #CaitlynJenner HERE! #CallMeCaitlyn
Finally free. This made me stop. The feeling of freedom. You go @Caitlyn_Jenner!
#CallMeCaitlyn: Caitlyn Jenner was photographed by Annie Leibovitz for @VanityFair cover
BEAUTIFUL!!! #callmecaitlyn
CAITLYN!!!!!!!!!! Love this. So happy for her.
Caitlyn? But why isn't it Kaitlyn with a K? (Bravo, Ms. Jenner!)
Congratulations Caitlyn
❤️RT @VanityFair: I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live #CallMeCaitlyn
#CaitlynJenner has truly broken the Internet. What a moment.
❤️🔥🔥🔥🔥 YAS 🔥🔥🔥🔥❤️
Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair 📷 Annie Leibovitz! How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way!
now that's a cover.

However, Costas also went on to say that it takes "some measure of personal courage to do what Caitlyn Jenner has done."

The Arthur Ashe Award is presented annually to individuals whose contributions "transcend sports."

Costas got heat and support from Twitter following his interview.

John Ekdahl tweeted, "Disgusting and hateful thoughts from Bob Costas. He should be ashamed and maybe fired."

And Shelly Songer said, "Bob Costas just pulled the tabloid move. This award let's people know what a brave thing she has done..
It helps the world."

But others criticized ESPN, saying, "You official have no respect for sports @espn. I guess the moto is all about the $$$. #BobCostas was damn right & the entire world knows it."

And JerryinCA tweeted, "Bob Costas is totally right about this, nothing against Jenner of course but ESPN is just exploiting the situation.

Jenner is set to receive the award in July at the ESPY's and in a press release from ESPN she says, "In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible. However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. 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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