It has become rather obvious: ESPN executives are obsessed with owning the best ratings in television. So much so, the network will exploit social agenda and hot-button topics for gain, and pawn an award named after one of the most courageous professional athletes of all time — Arthur Ashe — to boost ratings and sell more expensive advertisements. In 2015, that honor has fallen to Caitlyn Jenner. With the onus resting squarely on the shoulders of an exploitative ESPN, here are 5 people far more deserving of the Arthur Ashe award than Caitlyn.
5. Rashad McCants
ESPN wants drama to lure viewers? The execs should shoot for some real controversy instead of simple tabloid fodder. Former University of North Carolina basketball star, Rashad McCants, came clean in the summer of 2014, admitting to misguidance from faculty and administration, and improper benefits offered to athletes at his alma mater. It’s not the feel good story people are hoping for when considering the Arthur Ashe Awards, is it? But Arthur was courageous because he contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion, and continued to live life boldly. Quite the depressing story in its own right. What Rashad did took a tremendous amount of courage. People may claim he had an ax to grind, but what he did served as an incredible step for transparency in the public education system.
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