Reports now claim that Caitlyn Jenner's representatives negotiated for her Arthur Ashe Courage Award and offered PR plugs for her upcoming television show in return. They also allegedly threatened to pull her out of the 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer.
An alleged insider source claims that her people first came to ESPN with the idea that she receive the award while details were being finalized for her interview on ABC, RadarOnline reported.
Since both ABC and ESPN are owned by the Disney Company, her representatives could more easily negotiate the terms of her award. They were reportedly ready to abandon the interview on 20/20.
"It was ironed out," the source told RadarOnline, "and ABC owns one of the biggest stories of the year."
The source added that, "It was a brilliant move because the executives at ESPN loved the idea, and immediately began making sure it got done."
Jenner will be featured in an upcoming reality television show "I am Cait." The show will depict the time leading up to her receiving the award.
ESPN recently came under fire for choosing Jenner as the recipient for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. One of their critics included Franklin Graham, son of Evangelical minister Billy Graham.
"Caitlyn Jenner is being honored with the ESPN ESPY Award for courage?" Franklin said. "I find this hard to swallow after spending time with wounded military veterans and their spouses with Operation Heal Our Patriots — they are true heroes and their lives define courage."
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