Hank Williams, Jr. appeared on Fox and Friends this morning and seemed a bit off. When asked who Williams likes in the GOP field, Williams said “None of them.” He then went on to bring up the golf match between Speaker Boehner and President Obama. When asked to elaborate he said it would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. The entire segment can be seen here, but here’s the relevant part.
The Hank Williams Jr. song that has opened Monday Night Football for 20 years will not be part of the opening of this week’s Indianapolis-Tampa Bay game after Williams made controversial comments about President Barack Obama.
ESPN, in a statement, 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, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
Williams issued a statement through his publicist, saying: “Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point. 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. I have always respected the office of the president.” ….
ESPN is free to do as they please, but it’s interesting that they didn’t do anything about the ESPN affiliate that broadcast vile and offensive comments about Sarah Palin. I guess they find rape fantasies of Republican women more acceptable than Williams’s poorly-articulated comments.