The NY Daily News is reporting the likelihood that ABC gave former Olympian Bruce Jenner the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in exchange for his exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer.

In April it was announced that the ESPYs was moving to ABC Network to boost viewership. ESPN was hemorrhaging money producing the poorly-rated awards show.

Critics say it's no coincidence that the ESPYs and Jenner's interview with Sawyer are on the same network.

ABC and the ESPYs received heavy criticism for giving Jenner an ESPY for dressing in drag, while ignoring collegiate women's basketball player Lauren Hill who died of cancer weeks after playing her final game.

One TV insider told Page Six, “Jenner was given the award after the Sawyer interview. After all, ESPN is part of the ABC family.”

Twitter users sent Lauren Hill trending this week as millions of users trashed ABC and the ESPYs for choosing TV ratings over true courage.

@KristinH1998 wrote, “Elective surgery isn’t courage or bravery. Fighting brain cancer with grace and dignity at 19 is. Lauren is most deserving.”

An ESPN spokesperson denied the connection between Jenner's ABC interview and the award.

"That rumor is false. The Arthur Ashe Award and Diane Sawyer interview were never connected.”

An ABC News rep also weighed in on the controversy, saying, “There is absolutely no connection between the interview and the award.”

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    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Man Fugg Bruce azz :rolleyes:

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      It would be nice if he turned down the award and insist it be given to her. But. Any publicity is good publicity.

    • Bootcampgirl

      :deadhorse:

    • datsmdubya2u

      of course this is ABCs cynical ploy for ratings...but folks will be watching anyway so they win :thumbsup: :shrugs:

    • WhoDat

      If this the case he don't deserve chit. If not, I had said give it to him so HOPEFULLY he can GO AWAY. Whole thing is crazy.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiALdvRJZyo Milanisti

      :tea:

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      I can see Brucie B rocking some Bo Derek cornrows this summer. With them wooden beads at the end :nun:

      Did anybody see Black Mongoloids cornrows? Are the little ones supposed to be THAT skinny? It looked so strained to me. All her pix are so "strategic" & fake. Hard to know what all im looking at

    • iWasteTime

      Co Award coming in 5...4...3 :kona:

    • iWasteTime

      :waiting: on a Game 1 Post .....
      ....With the pot BOY :bball:

    • iWasteTime

      Y'all see the Perfect Guy Trailer?? I'm here for it :bite:

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Warriors!! #bandwagon

    • WhoDat

      And as I have told others:

      This award has been controversial since the WORD GEAUX. I remma when folks was mad that black Arthur Ashe, who died of AIDS, was EVEN GETTING an award in his honor :mad:

      I remma when folks was mad when dyke azz Billie Jean King won it :mad:

      I recall when folks was angry and upset when Cathy Freeman won it cause she wasnt American :cuss:

      There has ALWAYS been some ish with this particulary award. This is NOT NEW.

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      Oh yea, today is free donut day. Getchu some :pizza:

    • datsmdubya2u

      If this the case he don’t deserve chit. If not, I had said give it to him so HOPEFULLY he can GO AWAY. Whole thing is crazy.

      -----------------------------

      Go away? :smack: not gonna happen any time soon... Did cha'll see that IG meme where that baby who looks like sister Jenkins finds Caitlyn's phone number in her mans pocket? :rofl:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      WasteTime says:

      :waiting: on a Game 1 Post …..
      ….With the pot BOY :bball:
      ______________

      Man fugg da NBA :rolleyes: ready for next season :yes:

    • petty_boots

      I just wish we were back in the 90's so dumb shat like this wouldn't be news. Idgaf what you like, do your do and keep it moving. Folks are more famous for who they phuck instead of what they were initially known for smh (michael Sam, ceo from apple, etc.)

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      iWasteTime says:

      Y’all see the Perfect Guy Trailer?? I’m here for it
      _____________

      I brought this up yesterday ... I'm going to see that :thumbsup: it looks like it will be good :popcorn:

    • WhoDat

      Go away? :smack: not gonna happen any time soon… Did cha’ll see that IG meme where that baby who looks like sister Jenkins finds Caitlyn’s phone number in her mans pocket? :rofl:
      ^^^^^^^^^^^
      Oh I know she aint going away. And frankly Caitlyn is no bother to me. She upsetting a whole lot of folks tho.

      YES I seen that meme! I HOLLERED :rofl:

    • iWasteTime

      I’m going to see that :thumbsup: it looks like it will be good :popcorn:
      --------------------
      I just saw!
      I love Michael Ealy that niggah under the bed though :scared: Why it had to be the light skinned one :lol:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Michael need to gain some weight in the face no ? Look like his cheeks caving in ... :thinking:

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      I wanna see it dats! Whats yo IG?

    • Eyez of China

      Bruce, you're a bish,we get it, now geaux and take your award with you.

    • datsmdubya2u

      @wastin

      Co Award coming in 5…4…3 :kona:

      --------------------------------------

      That's the only fix..they prolly won't do it tho....expect a slightly extended memorial tribute to the Late ms. Hill tho...then poof back to the foolishness :rollseyes: and can you imagine what the LGBT Bully-inati would do if ABC said they wasn't gonna give it to him after all? It would be pandemonium

    • WhoDat

      <<< needs the Warriors to win bad AF! So I can TRY to recoup SOME of my money I lost in March messing round with NCAA ball :rofl: Some years I win HUGE. This is NOT THAT damn year. I blame...THIS BLOG. :mad:

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Waste- That movie look like its gone be good!

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      Kylie getting type thick tho. Tyga must be spreading them hips O-U-T out! :phew:

      I hope she dont get carried away with the surge like Kim did :(

    • pointhimout

      of course they did. it's business. he used his story as leverage to get something. business is not black and white. it's more of WIIFM. Hopefully by next month this story dies down once and for all. Dennis Rodman will not quit until he gets a chance to hit it. 2 cross dressers screwing. I can not.

    • zeta4lif

      :warning:

      @MILLY GURL, we got the e-mail yesterday, we up here like :scared:

      GM ROSAYS
      UF, IWASTE, LOVEZ,PETTY,DATS, EYEZ :hi:

      @WHODAT :rofl: not some "bunk" girl call yo "nef-few" that what your azz git for going against the FAMILY (in my DON Corleone voice)

      LOVEZEE- :love:

    • zeta4lif

      Damn!!! Bruce/Cailyn??? getting more shine than Jesus

    • Eyez of China

      Caitlyn don't even bother me. The media is the problem. Can't even watch real news no more.

    • zeta4lif

      The media is the problem.

      ______________________________________________________________________

      :thumbsup: THIS!!!

    • datsmdubya2u

      @user

      It's on @shaelachanel

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      Wayment so they arresting ppl in Jax Missispi of all places for cheering at a graduation? :huh:

      Somebody told me cheering isnt allowed cuz some kids dont hv no parents. In the blk community? Chile bye. They grandmas & aunties & cousins nem gone step in & if its any consolation I would cheer for the lil orphan annies too but im cheering for mine. Chile plz.

      Education is to be celebrated.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      zeta4lif says:

      Damn!!! Bruce/Cailyn??? getting more shine than Jesus
      ____________

      All day in AMERICA :no:

    • datsmdubya2u

      :waves: wassup zeta!

    • WhoDat

      @zeta baby nephew been working out of town all damn week. He will be back tomorrow. Shew

    • Eyez of China

      Education is to be celebrated
      *************
      :goodpost: :thankyou:

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      zeta4lif says:

      Damn!!! Bruce/Cailyn??? getting more shine than Jesus
      -----

      Lemme chng my gravi bk to sexy jeebus :pc:

    • bama_n_jersey

      Where's @Wut? I wanna apologize for my questions....I still want some answers though (as if I deserve) :blink:

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      :chase: Bama!!!

    • bama_n_jersey

      So is Sandra at least getting paid by them for these posts? Cause dang...she a good publicist

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Education is to be celebrated
      *************
      :applause: I'm cheering. LOUDLY.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      I just wish we were back in the 90’s so dumb shat like this wouldn’t be news.
      ===========
      Would you still font with us even though you would be on dial-up? :)

      Morning y'wll :waves:

    • zeta4lif

      Have a good morning and Friday Rosays

      @MILLY girl we got some of the football players up here volunteering today :buttshake: *checks lipstank in compact*

      girl if these folks ain't politicking up here, and we have a open house on the 30th

      :peace:

    • bama_n_jersey

      @User...I went back and read them and they can kinda *soso hand* seem kinda judgy. Not at all what I was intending. Cause the things I've done and been through...but by Prayers frim my granny and the Grace of God. So I just wanted to clear that up. I don't judge folks at all

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      So Boris and Nicole gone have a talk show...

    • zeta4lif

      bama_n_jersey says:

      Where’s @Wut? I wanna apologize for my questions….I still want some answers though (as if I deserve) :blink:

      June 5, 2015 at 10:28 am

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      Can u just say Good Morning :rofl: Hey gurl

      @BUTTERCUP :wave:

      @UF :pray: change it back to the "likka"

    • bama_n_jersey

      @Zeta...yes ma'am :kona:

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      Iono but it was shole a lot of coverage about Bill getting :blow: Lewinsky'd in the 90s. That was the 90s rite? :think:

      Theres just so many more sources for news now. U hv to seek out the "important" stuff. It aint gone be on here tho. I tell ya that much.

    • iWasteTime

      how you go from Hennessy to Jesus :rofl:

    • zeta4lif

      That darn @UF and her "gravi's" :goodpost: *really says UF 4 PRESIDENT*

    • zeta4lif

      iWasteTime says:

      how you go from Hennessy to Jesus :rofl:
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      girl u know we will go from TRAP QUEEN to I LUH GAWD in a minute up in this here garden of Good and Evil :haha:

    • zeta4lif

      *should be :lol: * :shame:

    • MissHarlem

      :eyeroll: fckd up that she is not getting the award. I remember her being covered on espn. Sad day :coffee:

      If you think he not loving this attention I got a million I can paypal your ass.

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      because 2015 jeezus turns water into henny, thats why :tea:

    • zeta4lif

      :buttshake: @HARLEMSHAKE

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      Somebody told me cheering isnt allowed cuz some kids dont hv no parents.

      ******

      :thinking: wasn't that you running around one time talmabout some.people don't have mothers..maybe in reference to a holiday or something? That was around the time when it became official you ain't have not a lick of sense :hahaha:

    • zeta4lif

      because 2015 jeezus turns water into henny, thats why :tea:

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      :ghost: see that's why...I gotta go forreal

      :crying:

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals lovezoe

      Zeta- :hugs:.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      Where’s @Wut? I wanna apologize for my questions….I still want some answers though (as if I deserve)
      ******

      I told yall yesterday she gone come in here :ak47: Hmpf. No more dailya for yall :nono:

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      lovezoe says:

      So Boris and Nicole gone have a talk show…
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      Seems like when couples go on tv together they get divorced soon after but i think they had a sitcom together before.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      because 2015 jeezus turns water into henny,

      ********

      If you ask my niece right now what happy means, she says it's when Jesus turns water into wine. Teaching courtesy of MOI :biggrin: Teach one, reach one :yes:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      WHALE
      WHALE
      WHALE
      BUTT do we care?! Give him the fuggin award, don't give him :warning: NOBODY CARES BRUCE!!!

    • pointhimout

      @33 I believe. A friend of mine was just telling me they announced the RULES at her family member's graduation in SC. I think this process is gaining momentum. I dont like it because it's just friends and family hoopering and hollering as a way to congratulate the person. All of these idiots making these rules have at least graduated high school and in their day, their own family yelled for them. I think it's egregious and outlandish.

    • SummerBaby

      So Boris and Nicole gone have a talk show…
      ——
      Seems like when couples go on tv together they get divorced soon after but i think they had a sitcom together before.
      -------------------
      :yes: I hope they don't give out relationship advice.

    • luVn_liFe…

      it would be nice if he turned down the award/insist it be given to her
      :applause: YUP

      BUT Any reason to get dressed is good... I guess.

      Fcuk ESPY's w/their BS!

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      No V we were clowning someone who said u cant be mad about being alone on VDay cuz some ppl dont hv no mother on mothers day.

      Stop trying to catch me in some mess :spank:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      Somebody told me cheering isnt allowed cuz some kids dont hv no parents.
      ******
      :thinking: wasn’t that you running around one time talmabout some.people don’t have mothers..maybe in reference to a holiday or something? That was around the time when it became official you ain’t have not a lick of sense :hahaha:
      ==========
      :hahaha: Yeah, she's the nut that said that. Folks were talking about how they don't want to hear anything about Valemtime's Day, and UFO was like, "Shedditup! There are people who don't have mothers on Mother's Day or fathers on Father's Day. You'll live."

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      I just saw The Perfect Guy trailer. I wanna see it :bounce:

    • bama_n_jersey

      If you ask my niece right now what happy means, she says it’s when Jesus turns water into wine. Teaching courtesy of MOI :biggrin: Teach one, reach one :yes:
      *****
      :dead: and :ghost:

    • MissHarlem

      ZETA :hug:

      Morning EVERYONE (even though yall rude asses won't speak) :waves:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Bama , get over it :lol: :hug:

      Ummm :rules: No free donuts for my crew :confused: (don't do it).
      ^^^
      That's how I want y'all to hold y'all mouths :D

    • SummerBaby

      :hi: Harlem

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      Morning Harlem :hi:

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      :rofl: Butta i didnt say that. Some newbie did & we (me & take) took it and ran with it :shame:

      Thats what i get :confused:

      EYE said stop internalizing IG memes

    • MissHarlem

      SUMMER :waves:

    • bama_n_jersey

      I wanna see it too...that damn Michael Ealy...

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqjT_YqmNas Long Time Lurker

      They ain't playing about these graduation rules. Lurk18 graduated last week, small class, only 16 tickets each.

      One kids dad died earlier in the year so the fam brought a big poster size framed photo to hold up in support. They told her the pic was too big and either they needed to use a ticket for the pic to sit in a seat or take it out. :shrug:

      No rules about cheering, but rule #1 - NO BIG ASS SIGNS/PICS

      I felt bad cause that girls dead daddy had to sit in the car til graduation was over. :eek:

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      , “Shedditup! There are people who don’t have mothers on Mother’s Day or fathers on Father’s Day. You’ll live.”

      **********

      :crying1 : :crying1:

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      EYE said stop internalizing IG memes

      ******

      That too!!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      :rofl: Butta i didnt say that. Some newbie did & we (me & take) took it and ran with it :shame:
      ==========
      If you say so :coffee:

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      felt bad cause that girls dead daddy had to sit in the car til graduation was over.

      *******

      Too early bruh! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

      :newpost:

    • iWasteTime

      I've been to a ceremony where a name is called and there is hooping and hollering and the next name there are crickets :no: its sad

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      I’ve been to a ceremony where a name is called and there is hooping and hollering and the next name there are crickets :no: its sad
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      I went to my little cousin's graduation a few weeks ago, and there was a group of young folks who were SO loud cheering for their friends and sorors. The sprite family sitting in front of them told the group their daughter's name and she was shocked when she heard so many people cheering for her. It was cute :lol:

    • http://pearlswindow.com Carrington

      Facts:

      1) You didn't give a $hit who won this award last year, the year before, or the year before that

      2) It's a fukking AWARD from ESPN, not the congressional Medal of Honor

      3) People are sick of Bruclyn, but can't wait for the next post about him so that they can re-say how sick they are of him

      4) If this show moved to a new network because nobody gave a fukk when it was on ANOTHER network - none of the people outraged about who gets the award now, gave a $hit then

      5) Some of y'all more involved in the ESPN courage award controversy than you were in the black lives matter campaign.

      6) The BET Honors, Black Girls Rock, Stellar Awards, etc. came on and nobody gave a $hit - but Bruce Jenner getting an award that you don't care about on a show that you don't care about resonates something in your spirit huh?

    • https://www.facebook.com/lists/10150387562179388#!/video.php?v=347882248719363 User Friendly

      Lurk! Just go before i tell that man u stole his lemon pie :spank:

      Butter we were saying it ironically cuz the other poster said it with so much conviction. It was a thing for that day :ashamed: :lol: gosh

    • petty_boots

      Morning, well good aftanoon zeta & everyone. @butter, yes, I would be wearing my dial up out lol. Sandra and yall comments are my guilty pleasure. I be in here lol'in @ y'all fonts and my bf be like what's so funny? I'm like nothing, jus reading the blog :ashamed:. Him: :rolleyes: He don't get it.

    • http://www.kottoncandikouture.bigcartel.com CandiGyrl81

      lol just like there isn't a connection between the award and the recipient.

    • petty_boots

      @user, lol yep, it was the 90's. I was all of 5 or 6 but all this gay/tranny/cis junk just gained overwhelming support as time went on. Live your truth and keep it to yourself, and folks won't hafta be sad bout being judged cause nobody knows. Getcho vagicat and go. Ion currr (madea voice). You know how many more people are gonna "transition" now since there's awards being given out?

    • Amy Collins

      I enjoyed the awards until Bruce Jenner came on and promptly changed the channel. It doesn't matter if he got the award because he gave an interview. The fact of the matter is he is a very sick man, not courageous at all, just sick and wealthy and made an elective choice to be a pervert!!! The courageous challenges that Lauren was faced with was amazing. Shame on ABC and ESPN to try to think people would accept that one....sick! Sick! Sick!