Williams compares Obama to Hitler; ESPN refuses to play Hank Jr. theme song
Monday, October 3, 2011
– Hank Jr. may be ready for some football, but he was canned from the opening segment of Monday night's NFL broadcast for comparing President Obama with Adolph Hitler.
Williams' "Are you ready for some football?" line from All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night was used since 1989.
In an interview Monday morning on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Williams said of Obama's golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner: "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu," he said.
When asked to clarify his comment, Williams said: "They're the enemy," referring to President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Williams referred to the golfing as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever."
"We're more polarized than we've ever been," Williams 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,'" ESPN said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
It was unclear whether Williams was history on ESPN or this was a suspension.
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