The annual ESPY awards are regarded as a joyous and tearful celebration designed to honor notable team champions and those incredible feats of individual fortitude. From the immortal “Don’t Ever Give Up” speech delivered by an obviously frail Jim Valvano – the terminally ill coach who inspired millions with his emotional and defiant plea to find a cure for cancer – to the poignant final words of Stuart Scott – the recently deceased ESPN anchor, husband, and father – the ESPY’s have embodied the physical prowess and perseverance of the human spirit for 22 years. In essence, they are the Oscars of the athletic world; attended by the biggest names in sports, if not all of society, and watched by insatiable fans from across the globe. Sadly none of that mattered Wednesday night when legacy descended into madness and a disgraceful display of gender-bending bigotry ensued. Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner, the LGBT community, and progressive programmers were not to be denied their prideful place in infamy. After all, they “earned” it!
Giving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to a 65 year-old cross-dresser instead of a young woman who continued to play basketball while dying from cancer, or a double-amputee war veteran who has persevered to succeed in marathons and CrossFit events, is irrefutable proof liberals possess absolutely no shame, common sense or respect for the people of this nation. Yes, America, why recognize and celebrate freedom, God, and the indomitable spirit of true role models when you can place gays and transvestites on a prime time pedestal of worship for your children to emulate and adore? Who knew wearing your momma’s clothes 39 years after competing in the Olympics, or a collegiate football player sleeping with the same sex – i.e. Michael Sam, last year’s award recipient – was such an arduous and miraculous achievement worthy of our highest praise? ESPN and ABC should not only be humiliated by their tactless display of nepotism, they should profusely apologize to Noah Galloway and the family of Lauren Hill for turning a moment of gratitude and remembrance into a political farce of historic proportions. If Arthur Ashe were alive today he would be disgusted by the crass exploitation of his memory and even more so by the complete lack of respect shown towards two genuine heroes who truly embody sacrifice, grace and courage; regardless of their sexuality or preferred dressing habits. As a lifelong sports fan, but more importantly as a proud American, I salute these two inspirational souls for reminding us limitations are merely those obstacles we place before ourselves. God Bless you both and may Lauren forever rest in peace.