ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr. Intro After He Compared President Obama to Hitler
Hank Williams Jr.
ESPN is no longer "ready for some football" after Hank Williams Jr. made comments comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, CNN reports.
The country singer, appearing on Fox News' Fox and Friends Monday morning, referred to a June golf game when Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played on the same team as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever." Williams then added "that'd be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. Not hardly."
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ESPN released a statement on Monday saying that although Williams "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."
Williams' "Are You Ready for Some Football" intro, which has opened Monday Night Football since the late '80s, comes from his hit 1984 song, "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight."
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Williams, 62, issued a statement saying that his comment was "extreme" and that he "always respected the office of the president," but did not apologize. "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."
He added: "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."
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