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Bob Costas Rips ESPN Caitlyn Jenner ESPY 'Just A Crass Exploitation Play'

6/10/2015 6:12 AM PDT

Bob Costas Rips ESPN -- Caitlyn Jenner ESPY Is 'Just A Crass Exploitation Play'

Bob Costas took aim at ESPN yesterday -- blasting the network's decision to give the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner as a "crass exploitation play."

The NBC Sports star appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" and said, "In the broad world of sports, I’m pretty sure they could’ve found someone -- and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner -- who was much closer actively involved in sports, who would’ve been deserving of what that award represents."

"That’s not to say it doesn’t take some measure of personal courage to do what Caitlyn Jenner has done.

"I think every year we look across the landscape of sports and we find prominent people and kids in high school and amateur athletes who I think more closely fit the description of what they’re looking for -- or should be looking for there."

"I think this is just a play to pump up audience, the way lots of things are put on television to attract eyeballs -- not because of the validity but because of whatever the kind of gawker factor is."

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