Berg, who adapted Buzz Bissinger's book about high school football for a 2004 movie and TV series, was among the many American sports fans who took exception to ESPY awards bosses giving their Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Jenner at their annual prizegiving in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (15Jul15).

He felt there were more deserving sporting figures than Kim Kardashian's stepfather, the former Bruce Jenner, a U.S. Olympian.

Berg took to social media after Jenner's big night and shared a meme on his Instagram account featuring a photo of Jenner alongside a picture of his Battleship actor Gregory D. Gadson, a U.S. Army veteran who is a double amputee.

The viral image featured the words, "One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs. Guess which man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award?"

Berg showed he was in agreement with the statement by captioning the meme, "Yup".

Bissinger, who wrote Jenner's 'coming out' piece for Vanity Fair magazine, responded to his cousin's comments on Thursday (16Jul15), telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I love Pete. I am not in the business of censoring his comments nor he mine. He said what he believes, rare to begin with and unheard of in Hollywood where disingenuous discourse is the universal traffic.

"Caitlyn Jenner gave a heartfelt and powerful speech (at the ESPYS). She was obviously humbled and honoured. She is an inspiration to all of us who struggle with difference and that includes me. American society is all too quick to condemn and humiliate."