Comedian Hannibal Buress made a short but poignant joke about the Washington NFL team name and leadership during the ESPY Awards on Wednesday.
Amidst smoke and flashing lights meant to emulate time travel, Buress joined host John Cena on stage about an hour into the program. Apparently arriving from the year 2026, Buress was sporting a rather futuristic football jersey.
Cena: “Okay, that’s sensible. Whoa. What Jersey is that?”
Buress: “The Redskins finally changed their name. Now they’re the Washington Jews.”
Cena: “Woah, man. They just can’t get that one right.”
Buress: “Yeah, they are a horribly-run organization.”
Jokes about the Washington NFL team are nothing new to the EPSYs.
“I just want to stress that there’s no room for racism in the NFL — unless you own a team in Washington, D.C. Then it’s a go,” said rapper Drake during his 2014 ESPY speech.
“Folks in Washington, D.C. said it’s about time,” said comedian Joel McHale in 2015, when talking about NASCAR no longer allowing the Confederate flag to be flown at events. “Washington, D.C., home of the Redskins. Redskins. Red. Skins.”
Buress’ joke comes only a few months after the Washington Post released the results of what turned out to be a highly controversial survey stating that 90 percent of Native Americans were not offended by the Washington NFL team’s name. Social media backlash began almost immediately under #IAmNativeIWasNotAsked.