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If you needed any more proof that new federal inmate Harry Thomas Jr. has been forsaken by the District’s political class, here it is: NBC4’s Tom Sherwood told a joke about him having sex in prison at last night’s RAMMY Awards.

Sherwood, who was presenting some of the restaurant awards with Washington City Paper Publisher Amy Austin, opened with some current-events zingers: Kwame Brown couldn’t come to the awards because he’s getting fitted for an orange jumpsuit, Sherwood quipped, and Vince Gray isn’t going to defect to China.

Then he veered into the land of terrible taste: “Harry Thomas wanted to be here, but he’s having his own RAMMY Award,” Sherwood said.

Was Sherwood making a joke about Thomas being raped? Given the, um, tradition of soap-dropping jokes and the “RAM” in RAMMY, it’s hard to think that he wasn’t. “At the risk of explaining the joke, I think it does evoke prison sex, consensual or not,” Sherwood wrote in an email.