Veteran NBC sportscaster Bob Costas has added his voice to the outcry over ESPN’s decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Award at the upcoming ESPYs.
TV Guide reports that Costas, who called in Tuesday to the radio program “The Dan Patrick Show,” called the decision a “crass exploitation play.”
Costas is quoted saying: “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 — and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner — someone who was much closer actively involved in sports, who would’ve been deserving of what the award represents.”
Costas accused ESPN of buying into “the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ culture that has overtaken a good part of the cultural landscape.”
Here’s the full interview, which covers a range of topics; the Caitlyn Jenner material begins at about the 8-minute mark: