ESPY Awards, Sister Survivors, Machado To Dodgers

By: Betsy Berns - FemaleFan

Thursday, July 19, 2018

MISC

Danica Patrick hosted the annual ESPY awards show on Wednesday night. The ESPY's highlight excellence in all sports, with the Best Male Athlete going to Alex Ovechkin and Best Female Athlete to snowboarder Chl0e Kim. There were awards for best athlete per sport as well with (no surprise) Tom Brady winning for football, LeBron James for basketball and Mike Trout for baseball. At the conclusion of the evening, 141 survivors (called the Sister survivors) of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse came on stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Three of the survivors spoke about the courage it took for all of them to come forward and to end the years of suffering. Former Olympic Gold medalist Aly Raisman powerfully said, "1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. These were the years we spoke up about Larry Nassar's abuse. All those years we were told, 'You are wrong. You misunderstood. He's a doctor. It's OK. Don't worry, we've got it covered. Be careful. There are risks involved.' The intention: to silence us in favor of money, medals and reputation." She added, "to all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story. We may suffer alone, but we survive together." For all awards, click here.

BASEBALL

The Los Angeles Dodgers want a Championship and are getting even serious with their recent acquisition of All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles. The Dodgers are now favorites in the National League.