ESPN yanks Hank Williams Jr for comparing Obama to Hitler

October 4th, 2011 by Staff – BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN is pulling Hank Williams Jr.’s classic intro song from its broadcast of Monday night’s NFL game after the country singer famous for the line “Are you ready for some football?” used an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.

In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Williams said of Obama’s outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”

Asked to clarify, Williams said: “They’re the enemy,” adding that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to ‘Monday Night Football,’” ESPN said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

ESPN did not say whether the intro, synonymous with “Monday Night Football” since 1989, would be used again after this week’s Buccaneers-Colts game.

The song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” is a remixed version of his 1984 hit “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight.” The version won Williams four Emmy Awards in the early 1990s as the opening theme to “Monday Night Football,” then on ABC.

2 Responses

  1. what what

    espn its called freedom of speach.. i do not agree with his thoughts. but you would think a huge media like espn would respect his right to freedom of speach.

  2. Tom

    Hank is pretty mixed up on “freedom of speach”. Under the British King he would have been arrested for calling the government his enemy. Now he is free to say what he wants but ESPN is also free to pay people who help them make money and to not pay people who cause embarrassment and distract from their sports business.

    He should quit whining and send his resume to Fox.

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