Skip to comments.My letter to ESPN Re: The Firing of Hank Williams, Jr
Posted on 10/03/2011 5:30:38 PM PDT by Howie66
I am writing to express my displeasure with the decision of ESPN to pull Hank Williams, Jr. from your Monday Night Football opening.
Mister Williams did nothing more than express his opinion on a television show. The last time that I checked, we still have a United States Constitution (I served to defend it in the Marine Corps) and we still have the freedom to express our displeasure with our government and our elected officials.
There never seemed to be an issue with that when President Bush was in office.
Since you choose to ignore Mr. Williams right to free speech, I will no longer watch your broadcasts in my home. Many of my friends share my views on this.
May your ratings follow Mr. Obama's poll numbers.
X.X.Xxxxx XXXXXXXX, Texas USA
Well said, Howie!
This isn't a free speech issue. ESPN is private company making a business decision, and it's perfectly within their right to do so. There's no first amendment violation. But of course it's with our right to complain about it and, if we deem their decision offensive enough, to boycott ESPN.
I hadn’t heard that the light in the loafer fairies at ESPN had fired Hank. I’m sorry to hear it. He said nothing wrong this morning. Just another kneejerk reaction from the TV commie fairies.
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I stopped watching MNF when they moved to ESPN. They put the freaking scoreboard right in the middle of the screen. Annoying as hell. So I don’t watch anymore.
This brings to memory the Ditzy Chicks fiasco from the Bush years and I will say the same thing I said then regarding boycotts, cancellations and empty seats at their shows:
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from repercussions.
Do I think he should be fired - hell no. 75% of NFL fans probably agree with him. But I bet 90% of the people at ESPN agree with the decision to fire him.
Exactly. And for us the real measure of their action should be whether they apply the same standard to left wingers.
I was watching Fox and Friends when this went down.
He didn't liken President Obama to Hitler.
He compared a golf summit between Obama and Boehner and said it would be “like a summit between Hitler and Netanyahu.”
Besides, Bush was compared to Hitler every other day and no one seemed to care.
Good ole Liberal double standards in play if you ask me and the jerks running ESPN are about as far left as it gets!
Dropping the F-bomb three times, she reportedly slandered Notre Dame, the icon painted behind their goal posts dubbed "Touchdown Jesus" and finally Jesus himself.
>>There never seemed to be an issue with that when President Bush was in office.
That was back when dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now, its divisive, uncivil, and possibly illegal. Besides, in Soviet America, only Republicans can be compared to Hitler.
Remember, this a League that wears pink for a whole fricken month.
Why are you not on the Texas forum? You would fit right in.
ESPN also has a right to free speech.
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Noting that you are a Marine, will get your letter thrown in the trash can at ESPN!
“Exactly. And for us the real measure of their action should be whether they apply the same standard to left wingers. “
still, it’s their action to make and I should hope we’re not for some kind of ‘fairness doctrine’ because that will always work against us.
The difference is that this ugly cow “repented” (to ESPN, not the Good Lord), and was absolved by the gods of cable sports.
I have a feeling there ain’t gonna be an apology in this case.
I have more respect for Hank than I do ESPN.
yikes, my eyes! Shouldn’t a woman that looks like that be molesting boys in some high school somewhere?
Good question, brother!
Will scope it out.
The idea of an all sports network was one I enthusiastically embraced when I first got cable TV many years ago. However, as things worked out, it wasn’t long before I no longer could stomach watching ESPN. Firing Hank Jr. just adds to my detestation of all things ESPN.
So the twits did fire him. Darned shame.
I heard the replay and I agree with you.
I haven’t watched Monday Night Football since Cosell and Dandy Don, I guess.
If they would put Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Miller, and Hank Jr. on there I might go back to it just for the entertainment. Maybe throw Christiane Amanpour on the sidelines for the helluvit, that could be interesting. No, wait, Whoopi Goldberg, now that’s the ticket. That would be some good TV.
FUESPN. Who cares about you?
....this has little boy king all over it. He probably threw a hissy fit and Momma Jarrett had her hands full calming the stoooopid brat down. Someone fearing a major clean up called for an American icon to be “taught a lesson”....
Convenient, that both teams are bad teams and up against the ALDS , so viewership is down, it can all be cleared up in the morning *wink wink nudge nudge*....but it won’t be forgotten.
lol No doubt!
THAT BEING SAID--The folks at ESPN and all liberals are certainly the ultimate hypocrites considering they never complained about the "Bushitler" nonsense.
The world would be a better place, if entertainers of all sorts didn’t feel compelled to try to fix the world — and if reporters, fans, and everyone else told them all to just “shut up and sing”.
He had every right to say what he did. No one denies that. ABC had the right to fire him. Did your mama ever tell you about the wisdom in choosing your battles wisely?
Shhhhhhhhhhh....don’t give the maggots any ideas......
NFL is skating on thin ice.
If the right is smart, it will destroy them.
The NFL is nothing but an extension of the slave trade, with no guarantee contracts and extreme black against black violence, blood money.
Somebody over there had better find a clue quick, because if Hank Jr doesnt sing tonight, the NFL might as well start using a soccer ball, because NASCAR NFL fans WILL REVOLT.
Interesting that the liberals didn’t assume that the Netanyahu reference was Obama, only Hitler.
I turn down the sound no matter when I watch a game, so I don’t see or hear them. I listen to the local announcers.
I really do weep for this country.
Great letter. I don’t know what happened as I have no TV...but your sentiments are great.
Would you mind elaborating on exactly what happened?
Unfortunately hubby likes football, I watch for Hank and he only spoke the TRUTH, GO HANK GO!
ESPN has the right to fire Williams - and probably should have, because, frankly, Hank’s comments were offensive.
My problem with ESPN is that they’re partisan as hell. Who’s the idiot basketball sportscaster who cries out “Obama!” every time a player gets a slam dunk?
In my opinion - and it’s just mine - politics has no place in sports. ESPN certainly has the right to disagree. But hopefully, fans can express their opinion by simply not watching.
Gretchen Carlson started this off with her silly PC “disavow” comment at the end of the interview.
It wasn’t that big a deal, but by expressing the wish for FOX and her fellow presenters to disassociate from Hank’s comments, she made it into something a lot bigger.
And into something something it was not.
You can read about and see the video of it here.
It was really blown way out of proportion. However, I guess that questioning Ubama is not to be tolerated.
So it was okay when Hitler was applied to Bush?
I just deleted all my bookmarks to ESPN. I would urge all Freepers to do the same.
Foxsports has everything I need for sports news.
ESPN just died to me. And I just found a great reason to get me some Kentucky Headhunters music.
That said, I tend to support Mr. Williams’ views over ESPN's.
BTW, judging from the commentary I normally hear on ESPN’s evening broadcasts, everyone at ESPN is pretty much over the blood alcohol limit by now. Letters and emails of protest may as well wait until tomorrow.
They did it so they could bring in some Liberal idiot instead.
And a Gibson guitar to boot !!!!!!