Danica Patrick & Aaron Rodgers Make Red Carpet Debut at ESPYs 2018!

Danica Patrick & Aaron Rodgers Make Red Carpet Debut at ESPYs 2018!

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has become the butt of a joke at the 2018 ESPY awards, after host Danica Patrick mentioned him in her opening monologue.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Danica Patrick's monologue to open the ESPYs went over like, well, a flat tire at the Indianapolis 500. Majority were easy jokes and low-hanging fruit (Jose Altuve's height, Alex Ovechkin being a Russian in Washington, Odell Beckham's hair, LeBron James' hair, etc.) but a few of them were solid. Sadly she's getting roasted for cringeworthy jokes that even athletes in the audience were wincing at. "It's time to talk about the national anthem controversy".

"The Golden State Warriors once again won the NBA Finals", Patrick said. The fantastic GIF of Chrissy Teigen's awkward smile that looked like she was wincing hard was a popular meme that people were using to share their embarrassment for Danica.

Social media wasn't impressed, either.

Simmons' relationship with supermodel Kendall Jenner has turned into one of the more spectacular celebrity relationships in the NBA, with the two being spotted on numerous dates since the Sixers' NBA season ended in May at the hands of the Boston Celtics. One person captioned their Twitter post, "Stop it please, Danica Patrick". While Kimmel says she should, Patrick seems to disagree.

But no matter how hard Patrick tries to razz her fellow athletes, she, or anyone for that matter, will never, ever come close to topping the near-criminal performance of Norm McDonald way back in the 1998 ESPYs.

The former race vehicle driver delivered an opening monologue that took (lighthearted) aim at some of the top athletes in sports. LeBron when he hosted made fun of me, too.

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