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Chris Rock rips Redskins again, cracks Kirk Cousins joke


Chris Rock is no stranger to criticizing the Washington Redskins organization and did so again during an appearance Sunday at the Kennedy Center in D.C. when he was among the celebrities paying tribute to Eddie Murphy, the newest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The comedian cracked wise about his fear of bombing during his time on stage, suggesting that should he fail to deliver he could be replaced, a la Robert Griffin III’s benching and the insertion of Kirk Cousins into the starting quarterback position.

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“[Don’t] mess up or I’ll be replaced with Kirk Cousins,” Rock quipped, via D.C. Sports Bog.

The presumably pro-Redskins audience wasn’t a big fan of his pot shot at the team, as his joke elicited boos and groans to go along with a little bit of laughter.

As noted, Rock has bashed the Redskins on one other occasion, taking to Twitter to rip the team for both its logo and name but also for its handling of RG3.

Griffin, who had been diagnosed with a concussion after being bruised, battered and beaten during a preseason game, was unseated as the team’s starting quarterback heading into Week 1 of the NFL season after Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced he’d be going with Cousins. Since then, Cousins’ performance has been middling at best while leading the team to a 2-4 record, completing 66.2 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and eight interceptions.

But Rock’s commentary arguably was spot-on in light of how poorly things have gone in D.C. And should Rock wish to go after the team again, both Gruden and Cousins are providing what comedians would describe as low hanging fruit with their respective comments regarding the quarterback’s struggles. Gruden defended Cousins’ subpar game in a 34-20 loss to the New York Jets by partly blaming the QB’s struggles on the wind. Cousins, meanwhile, suggested his interceptions this season haven’t been “quite as awful” as last season’s picks.