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Controversy Erupts Over Military Honor, Sparking Criticism and Petitions

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Controversy and Criticism

Prince Harry's selection as the recipient of the Pat Tillman Award has sparked controversy and criticism, with some questioning the appropriateness of the honor given his military record and recent public statements.

The award, named after Pat Tillman, a former professional football player who gave up his career to enlist in the US Army and was killed in Afghanistan, is intended to recognize individuals with a strong connection to sports who have also served their country.

However, the decision to bestow the award on Prince Harry has been met with resistance from some, including Pat Tillman's mother, Mary. She believes there are more deserving recipients and has expressed her disapproval of the choice.

A petition on Change.org urging ESPN to reconsider its decision has garnered over 70,000 signatures, further highlighting the public's mixed reactions.

Adding to the controversy, Prince Harry's biographer, Tom Bower, suggests that the backlash could hinder his future efforts to secure awards and damage his public image in the United States.

Despite the criticism, ESPN has defended its decision, citing Prince Harry's "incredible" work with the Invictus Games, a sporting event he founded for wounded, injured, and sick veterans.

The controversy surrounding the Pat Tillman Award highlights the complex relationship between public perception, military service, and celebrity status. It remains to be seen how this situation will ultimately impact Prince Harry's reputation and future endeavors.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09