Stuart Scott and Michael Sam both brought the ESPYs audience to its feet, by speaking with eloquent candor about their life struggles. Scott, 48, a dad of two daughters, has been battling for his life against a deadly form of appendiceal cancer since 2007. Sam, 24, had fought his way out of a childhood of poverty and dysfunction, using football as his anchor, to become the captain of the University of Missouri football team. Then, just before the NFL draft began this year, he risked not having an NFL career by making the decision to come out as gay. Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, named after the college basketball coach, Jim Valvano, who died of bone cancer 21 years ago in 1993. Sam received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, given in memory of Arthur Ashe, the first prominent African-American tennis player and anti-apartheid activist who died of AIDS in 1992. And these two men deserved their honors in every way.-- Bonnie FullerBonnie Fuller is president and editor-in-chief of HollywoodLife.com and the former editor of Star, Us Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines.Brown puts love on hold
Chris Brown is determined to make "X" a masterpiece so he's decided to put the upcoming album first -- even ahead of his relationship with Karrueche Tran, HollywoodLife.com is exclusively reporting. Will it be worth it? The 25-year-old R&B stud knows his name has been tarnished and become synonymous with police, jail and other drama. But now Breezy is trying to get back to the basics and focus on what made him famous in the first place -- his music -- even if it hurts his already rocky relationship with Tran, 26.
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