Caitlyn Jenner, Noah Galloway or Lauren Hill: Who should get the ESPY?

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, appears on the cover of Vanity Fair’s July issue.

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Caitlyn Jenner beat out several other worthy candidates when she was chosen to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPYs. And that has some people upset.

Two names in particular keep coming up on social media as better choices for the honor than the former Bruce Jenner, who introduced herself to the world Monday as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair: Noah Galloway, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee who now competes in hard-core running events; Lauren Hill, who devoted the final year of her life to playing basketball in an effort aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight cancer.

ESPN has stated more than once that there's no such thing as a "runner up" for the award.

Sports radio personality Gerry Callahan may have started some of the backlash by sending out this tweet, which has been retweeted nearly 10,000 times:

Callahan told that the his tweet was meant as a joke.

But not everyone took it that way, as the rumor that Galloway really finished as "runner up" to Jenner for the award started to spread. That might have something to do with this meme, which has been retweeted more than 52,000 times:

It didn't take long until Hill's name came up as well.

Of course, there's been plenty of support for Jenner as well.

ESPN released this statement about its choice of Jenner for the honor:

"The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is meant to honor individuals whose contributions transcend sports through courageous action. Sometimes that courage is demonstrated over the course of a lifetime and sometimes it is demonstrated in a single act that shines a light on an important contemporary issue. At all times, there are many worthy candidates. This year, we are proud to honor Caitlyn Jenner embracing her identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance."

As for Jenner herself, she doesn't seem too consumed by the debate. "What the hell am I going to wear?"" she tweeted Tuesday, along with a link to the announcement of her upcoming ESPYs award.

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