Skip to comments.ESPN pulls Williams from MNF opening
Posted on 10/04/2011 5:01:11 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
The Hank Williams Jr. song that has opened Monday Night Football for 20 years was not part of the opening of this week's Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game after Williams made controversial comments about President Barack Obama.
Williams compared Obama to Adolf Hitler on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" show Monday morning.
ESPN, in a statement, said: "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. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
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Who didn’t see THAT coming?
Shut up and sing—isn’t that the mantra?
Tell me this doesn’t take Faith Hill off please!
And the liberal schmucks at ESPN have the freedom to yank Hank's "Are you ready for some football?!" opening for whatever reason they choose. There was no first amendment violation here. ...which should be obvious.
Jr should sue espn just to showcase the pc idiocy for all to see.
Did anyone see what they replaced Hank with?
doubt it, she and husband supported obama in last election.
Notice they said they were pulling the intro “for tonight’s game”.
Let’s see if it isn’t back in the near future.
Given their perverted political views... Lady Gaga? Prince? Boy George?
I’m sure they were just itching to find a reason to remove that garbage, after 20 years, I think people were getting tired of it.
“We are extremely disappointed with his comments”
I’m not. I’m proud of him.
I’m also beginning to see how PC and panty-waist the NFL is. Gutless and directionless.
Well he may have been compared Bambi to Netanyahu, or not comparing him to anyone at all. So long MNF - who needs it?
Bush was called everything under the sun including Hitler, and Chimpy (with photos to match).
This censorship of what we can say about this idiot president is indicative of a country under a dictatorial rule.
Now we know why Maxine Waters asked for permission to speak against Obama!
Yeah, I far preferred the pre-game MNF music back when Frank, Howard, and Dandy Don were calling the games. I have no quarrel with Hank personally, but that particular tune of his is very lame.
This has back-fired on ESPN!
More folks are aware of it than if they would have broadcasted the show and cut the Nazi comment.
Thank you Hank for telling it like it is!
Yes. Yes it is.
Maybe I’m splitting hairs, but Williams did NOT call Barry “Hitler”. If they wanted to fire Williams for airing his conservative views, they’d be within their rights. But they didn’t do that, did they? They fired Williams instead for something he DIDN’T say, rather than defend themselves for firing him for something he DID say. FWIW, ESPN and the National Felons League can go straight to Hades. I won’t watch either anymore.
This from a network that used to employ Keith Olberman???