On Monday, ESPN announced that this year's recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs would be Caitlyn Jenner.
However, soon after ESPN's announcement, people on Twitter began sharing this photo, claiming that Jenner had beaten out Noah Galloway for the award.
The photo reads:
Caitlyn Jenner won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The runner up was this guy: Army Veteran Noah Galloway, who lost an arm and a leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, and now competes in Crossfit events, runs marathons, and competed in the 58-hour Death Race.
For those unfamiliar, Galloway is a war veteran who lost his arm and leg in Iraq. He recently gained fame by competing on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
People were outraged by the claim that Galloway was chosen as "runner-up" to Jenner.
Some blasted ESPN as a "disgrace."
They insisted Galloway was much "braver" than Jenner...
And, in doing so, insisted Jenner wasn't brave at all.
There is even a Change.org petition.
The only problem is this rumor is completely untrue. ESPN confirmed to BuzzFeed News there is no such thing as a "runner-up" to the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
The fact-checking website Snopes traced the origin of the rumor back to a tweet from radio host Gerry Callahan on Monday.
It's unclear if Callahan meant the tweet as a joke, but he has continued to say on Twitter that Jenner doesn't deserve the award.
Many people on Twitter also insisted that Lauren Hill, a college basketball player who died this year from cancer, deserved the award over Jenner.
An ESPN spokeswoman said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that there were "many worthy candidates" for the award.
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.
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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