ESPN parts ways with Hank Williams, Jr.
We've said it before and we say it again. Using the name of Adolf Hitler in any analogy is a really bad idea. The latest to find that out is country singer Hank Williams, Jr.
ESPN will no longer use Williams to sing its Monday Night Football opening because of recent comments Williams made on FOX and Friends. Williams used an analogy to Hitler while discussing President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner and Ohio's Republican Governor, John Kasich.
"It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu," Williams said during the satellite interview.
Asked to clarify his comments, Williams said, "They're the enemy," adding that by "they" he meant Obama and Biden.
Anchor Gretchen Carlson appeared to have tried to throw Williams a lifeline by saying, "You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president."
Williams replied, "Well, that is true. But I'm telling you like it is."
After the show, Williams issued a statement saying his remarks were misunderstood and then he apologized for them. ESPN decided to not use Williams' theme song for the Monday night game between the Bucs and Colts and then had to decide whether to suspend him or fully cut ties.
In a statement Thursday, ESPN wrote, "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue."
Meantime, Williams is claiming it was his decision to quit MNF. On his website, Williams wrote, "After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. 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."