The 2014 ESPY Awards were last night on ESPN and it came full of every emotion imaginable.
Host Drake provided everything from humor, most notably the Lance Stephenson Kiss Cam, to uncomfortable and awkward silences, poking fun at the Donald Sterling incident with the Clippers.
And while everyone seemed to be having a good time, the real reason for everyone tuning in was for the awards.
Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook took home some awards last night. Westbrook brought home the Best Comeback award and Durant took home the Best NBA player and best Male Athlete. Durant was also this year’s NBA MVP and scoring champion.
But two moments that stole last night’s show were the presentations to Michael Sam for the Arthur Ashe Award and Stuart Scott for the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.
The former Missouri Defensive End, Sam, publicly announced he was gay after the last college football season, before the NFL draft. He was selected late in the final round, becoming the first openly gay athlete ever to be drafted in any sport.
Sam delivered a powerful speech about acceptance and love for everyone, and shared a touching story of how his example helped save a life.
Scott, a current ESPN analyst and regular SportsCenter anchor, has been fighting a rare form of cancer for seven years. His fight with cancer came to a head during last year’s NBA finals, at which time he vowed to return a year later. This year, he made that promise a reality, announcing the Spurs as this year’s Champions.
Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award last night with an acceptance speech that will go down as one of the most touching, right up there with Jimmy V himself.