ESPN pulls Monday Night Football intro due to Hank Williams, Jr. comments
Hank Williams, Jr. has provided the familiar opening tune to Monday Night Football for years, but his twangy voice was noticeably absent this week when ESPN pulled “Are You Ready,” from its opening after the singer made controversial comments comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler.
The indiscretion occurred on the morning show Fox and Friends when they brought Williams on to discuss the Republican nomination. He mentioned that he was none-too-happy with any of the Republican candidates, and cited a recent golf game between Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden as something that didn’t sit well with the many Republicans in the country.
“That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” Williams went on to say. “Not hardly. In the shape this country is in?”
The hosts tried to get him to elicit what he meant, but Williams went on to say that Obama and Biden were the “enemy” before adding that he supports Herman Cain in the race for the Republican nomination.
After his intro was pulled, Williams released a statement, obtained by The Huffington Post, in which he did not apologize for the stunning comparison, however he did try to clear up a few misunderstandings that some of the viewing audience may have had.
“My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point,” he wrote. “I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was.”
It certainly is not the first time that Williams has invited controversy due to statements about Obama. In 2008, he implied that the soon-to-be president did not like the Star Spangled Banner, according to the news source. The incident may hurt his political aspirations as well, as he has said he wants to run for Senate in Texas in 2012.