In a touching moment during the 36th Sports Emmy Awards Tuesday night, NBA on TNT anchor Ernie Johnson was awarded the Emmy for Best Studio Host. With grace, Johnson then gave up his award to the daughters of Stuart Scott, the popular ESPN on-air personality who lost his long fight with cancer in early January.
Johnson, a three-time Sports Emmy award winner for best studio host, has faced sizable health battles of his own over the years, most notably overcoming Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2006. Still, he had no qualms about where Tuesday’s award truly belonged.
“As for this, there’s only one place where it belongs,” Johnson said, clutching the award. “That’s on the mantel of Stuart Scott’s house. This is not for me.”
Scott’s daughters, Taelor and Sydni, accepted the award on their father’s behalf.