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‘Recipients that are far more fitting’: Mother of war hero questions decision to award Prince Harry the Pat Tillman award


NEW DELHI: The mother of a US war hero who died in Afghanistan has criticised the decision to award Prince Harry the Pat Tillman Award for Service next month in Hollywood, questioning the selection process for this honor. The Pat Tillman Award, named after the former NFL player and US Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan, is intended for individuals with strong ties to sports who have made significant contributions to others, honoring Tillman’s legacy.
The announcement has sparked controversy, including displeasure voiced on air by TV host Pat McAfee and dissatisfaction expressed by the mother of the fallen soldier, who noted she was not consulted about the decision.”I am shocked as to why they would select such a controversial and divisive individual to receive the award,” Mary told the Daily Mail.
“There are recipients that are far more fitting. There are individuals working in the veteran community that are doing tremendous things to assist veterans. These individuals do not have the money, resources, connections or privilege that Prince Harry has. I feel that those types of individuals should be recognised.”
The ESPY Awards, run by ESPN, typically honor unsung heroes with this particular accolade. Last year, the award was given to the Buffalo Bills’ training staff for their heroic efforts in saving a player’s life on the field. Prince Harry is being recognised for his ‘tireless work in making a positive impact for the veteran community through the power of sport,’ particularly through his Invictus Games.
However, McAfee and others argue that Harry’s selection does not align with the award’s intended purpose and have questioned the criteria behind his nomination. “A lot of conversation about Pat Tillman’s name American hero,” McAfee noted. “Now there’s an award named after him, as there should be in the sports world because that is somebody who is the definition of selfless. It’s going to Prince Harry, who I don’t even think is a prince anymore.”

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