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Hank Williams Jr. off Monday Night Football, doesn't understand First Amendment




It looks like Hank Williams Jr.'s omnipresent theme song to Monday Night Football won't ever return, thanks to his outburst mysteriously comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. He's either quit allowing his song to be used by ESPN, or ESPN pulled the theme permanently. Luckily, he provided another rant to explain the situation.

"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," Williams wrote in a statement to the AP on Thursday. "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It's been a great run."

ESPN, meanwhile, said they decided to can the singer Wednesday night, and informed him Thursday, noting in a statement, "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years."

While it will be odd to lose the song that's been used to open the show almost continuously since 1989(!), The Juice* takes issue with Hank's apparent misunderstanding of the First Amendment. You see, Hank, you were allowed to compare the nation's leader Hitler without legal reprisal. That's freedom of speech. A company deciding it no longer wants to do business with you for your personal actions? That's all capitalism, all the time, baby.

[Photo: AP]


[Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 6:56pm]


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