BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN is pulling Hank Williams’ classic intro song from Monday night’s broadcast of the game between Tampa Bay and Indianapolis after the country singer 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.


In a statement, ESPN 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.”


The network didn’t say its statement whether Williams’ song, which features the line “Are you ready for some football?” would be pulled beyond the Buccaneers-Colts game.




(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Racer says:

    Thats great get them there red necks

  2. Fuller says:

    Oh yeah that’ll teach him to not say nice things…geez America let Obama fight his own battles…whats he doing for you and your battles?!

  3. Willie Nelson Farias says:

    Join me and others to boycott ESPN and footballs on Mondays and call your local radio stations to play Hank Williams SR. and Hank Williams JR. songs for two hours on Monday evenings

  4. roger Sherman says:

    I don’t know who runs espn; but, its obviously not the marketing dept.
    To dismiss Hank Williams, Jr’s MNF intro’ music was beyond the scope of political correctness — in the extreme. When an entertainment station strays from its entertainer format and starts dictating what their viewers can or cannot see and hear they become part and parcel of what is destroying this country’s meaning or purpose: freedom of thought & expression and the opportunity to do so. Those are protected. Who are you?

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