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Supporters, critics of Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY Award

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The ESPY Awards Wednesday night brought a lot of talk about Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's show.

You may remember in 2010, the family of Ed Thomas accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY's, for their courage to forgive.

Coach Ed Thomas, of Parkersburg was shot and killed in the high school football team's locker room by one of his former players in 2009.

Some people say Jenner doesn't deserve the award.

“They could've probably picked a better person to give it to other than her,” said Madison Rogers.

Jenner recently came out as a transgender woman that took the social media world by storm with both supporters and critics.

“There are other athletes that have done other things than just transforming yourself,” said Shelby Svoboda. "If you're going to get an ESPY its for something sports related, she didn't do anything sports related. She did something to help herself and maybe bring out more people to see that."

ESPY watchers inside the Vine Eatery and Tavern in Coralville say it seems like Jenner has enough attention already.

Alex Ritchie says awarding her an ESPY is undeserving.

“Though I do think she's pretty cute, she wasn't as good looking before, but I feel like she's a little undeserving of this award,” said Ritchie.

Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and supporters say she publicly came out as a transgender woman - displaying enormous courage and self-acceptance, something the award is all about.

However Jon Nzombo thinks otherwise.

“Because she's like a Jenner, everything just falls into place, they're one of the most popular people in today's media. I feel like it was just given to her,” said Nzombo.

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