When Danica Patrick Attempted to Roast LeBron James & Failed Miserably

Published 07/17/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick visits BuzzFeed’s “AM To DM” to discuss her new podcast “Pretty Intense” on November 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick tried her hand at comedy once. She not only bombed, but also turned the entire room awkward.

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Back in 2018, when she hosted the ESPY awards, she delivered a monologue that she thought was funny. The audience, however, was not having much fun. Her attempt to roast NBA legend LeBron James was the highlight of the monologue.

Or should we say lowlight?

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During her speech, she said, “The biggest off-season pick-up was LeBron James. I mean, who doesn’t love LeBron James? LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. And now LeBron is the newest Los Angeles transplant. ‘Los Angeles transplant’ is also what he googles when he needs new hair.”

After getting an unexpected reaction from the crowd, she went on to state that when LeBron hosted, he too made fun of her and that now they were even.

She concluded by roasting JR Smith. She said, “JR Smith would say we are up by one. Yep, he made quite a little whoopsy in the playoffs this year. You know, it’s sad when you have 100 tattoos and none of them are your biggest mistake.”

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ESPY is an annual show that honors athletes from the year before and Danica was hosting it in 2018. Patrick’s comments about LeBron’s receding hairline fell on deaf ears.

Fan Reaction to the monologue by Danica Patrick

After seeing the video, many took to Twitter to post memes or just display their thoughts on former NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick’s monologue.

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Regardless of what transpired, Danica was the first female athlete to host the ESPY award show. And no matter what people think, we believe her courage to go up on stage and deliver those jokes as an athlete was highly commendable.

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At the end of the day, she isn’t a comedian. She’s one of the few women that have found their space in American motorsports.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog, 'Noobs Onboard', for a while now, covering NASCAR, F1, W Series, MotoGP, WRC and the WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade now, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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