ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr.'s Song From Monday Night Football
Posted on October 3, 2011EPSN pulled Hank Williams Jr.'s song from the opening of Monday Night Football because of some things Williams said about President Obama on Fox & Friends. Williams compared this summer's golf summit between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to "Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu." He also said Obama and Vice President Biden are "the enemy."
Hank Williams Jr. also flirted with anchor Gretchen Carlson during his grumpy appearance. He told Gretchen he likes "nobody" in the GOP race. Take a look:
EPSN issued the following statement about its decision to remove Williams' song from the opening of Monday Night Football.
While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecastHank Williams posted the following statement on his website:
"Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme - but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me - how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President."
"Every time the media brings up the tea party it's painted as racist and extremists - but there's never a backlash - no outrage to those comparisons - Working class people are hurting - and it doesn't seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job - it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change."