However, following an inspiring and empowering video about Ennis’s remarkable recovery after losing her leg in 2012 on her second Afghanistan deployment, and her many amazing triumphs and accomplishments since, Usher made the mistake of inserting the wrong joke at the wrong time.
“And if that wasn’t enough, you guys don’t know, she also, too, climbed in Joshua tree, naked,” Usher said to a quiet room. He added, “She deserves an award for that, alone. Tattoos, crazy,” before introducing Ennis and welcoming her to the stage.
Viewers were not down with Usher’s comment, which was viewed as insensitive in the #MeToo era, and quickly took to social media to express their opinions.
Not the best moment for Usher but, fortunately, it didn’t overshadow Ennis’s inspiring acceptance speech and final message to everyone watching.
“I am one of the lucky ones who came home. Broken, but I’m still here, and I still can. So I will continue every day for those who can’t. Let this be my message tonight. To the athletes in this room, to people in the military brotherhood and to everyone out there watching, rest a moment less, endure a fraction more and try to make peace with whatever your pain may be,” said Ennis to a standing ovation.