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ESPN benches Hank Williams Jr. for Obama-Hitler comparison

Hank Williams Jr. AP

Hank Williams Jr. will not ask you if you’re ready for some football tonight.

Instead, ESPN announced on Monday afternoon that the famous “Are You Ready for Some Football?” intro will not be part of tonight’s Monday Night Football broadcast after Williams made comments likening President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

“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,” the network 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.”

ESPN’s decision not to use the pre-taped Williams opening before tonight’s Colts-Buccaneers game comes after Williams said on Fox News Channel that House Speaker John Boehner should not have played golf with Obama because, “That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. Not hardly. In the shape this country is in?”

When Brian Kilmeade of Fox News said he didn’t understand the analogy, Williams replied, “I’m glad you don’t brother, because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy . . . Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

Williams has performed the theme song for Monday Night Football, which is based on his 1984 song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” for more than two decades.

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402 Responses to “ESPN benches Hank Williams Jr. for Obama-Hitler comparison”
  1. kojackwilliams13 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:09 PM

    dam hank its like that!!!

  2. boknowsvt says: Oct 3, 2011 6:10 PM

    Should have yanked him because he’s got no talent and he’s living off of his father’s good name. Hank III on the other hand…

  3. klutch14u says: Oct 3, 2011 6:10 PM

    Doesn’t it matter that it’s true?

  4. Knightlines says: Oct 3, 2011 6:11 PM

    Wow, so much for freedom of speech.

  5. qoojo says: Oct 3, 2011 6:11 PM

    If he is disappointed over those comments, just wait till he watches that stinker of a game.

    Can we cut Indy out of the night time games already?

  6. notrelated says: Oct 3, 2011 6:12 PM

    Free speech is only free until someone is offended by it.

  7. jpres2001ss says: Oct 3, 2011 6:12 PM

    MNF will not be the same.

  8. capslockkey says: Oct 3, 2011 6:12 PM

    Seriously ESPN, nobody gives a crap about some drunken honky-tonk singer’s political views. NOBODY! We just want to hear the damn song before we watch some football.

    This is an absolute travesty. This is almost as bad as putting Tony Kornheiser in the booth.

  9. briang123 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Does anyone really think that if he compared Bush (or fill in Republican of choice here) with Hitler, ESPN would have cared? Of course not.

  10. schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Great! Now we get to listen to Tirico one minute earlier. Mute time

  11. colinsnooks says: Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Why was this guy on a news channel at all?

  12. tunescribe says: Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Who cares about that hillbilly anyway. He can’t even count to three.

  13. jamie54 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Thank God, get rid of him already. I’ll take more Faith Hill anyday.

  14. citizenstrange says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  15. bozosforall says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Poor guy. His brains addled from years of drug use. He and Dumya do at least have that in common.

  16. scudbot says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Not great judgement, there, Hank. ESPN can do whatever they want with MNF but he didn’t actually equate Obama and Hitler any more than he equated Boehner with Netanyahu. That’s not as controversial a story though and after all, it’s all about the money when it comes to the media. The bigger issue for most fans is that it’s a crappy game.

  17. NFLJunkie says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    I’ve been waiting for someone to shut up Hank Jr. for years, long before he decided to talk politics.

    The real talent in that family skipped a generation.

  18. riverhorsey says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Drunk again

  19. Slim Charles says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Gee, I wonder if the people who will be crying “free speech” at this also supported Mendenhall when his sponsors dropped him after the 9/11 comments. It’ll be interesting to see how many hypocrites we have.

  20. pfii63 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Typical redneck.

  21. panther17 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:15 PM

    No Hank at the beginning of MNF? Weird.

  22. tsimpson50 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:15 PM

    There’s a tear in my beer!

  23. ronworthdubbs says: Oct 3, 2011 6:15 PM

    “I’m glad you don’t brother, because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy . . . Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

    Obama + Biden = 2 (Stooges is subjective). Someone should learn to count.

  24. cliffordc05 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    A good move by ESPN. The comments go beyond the bounds of politics. I am a Republican but I am sick of the crazies of the left and the crazies of the right. Hank Williams Jr is a public figure and he should have some sense or perspective.

  25. rascalmanny says: Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    I wonder if BSPN was upset all those times the Dems compared W. to Hitler? I bet not.

    I know EXACTLY what Hank is saying. And I hope he gives the finger to BSPN for pulling him.

  26. kingmj4891 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    F ESPN…who cares his political views last time I thought people had free speech in this country…. ESPN is just stupid on this one Hank Williams Jr is Legend

  27. asublimeday says: Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    George bush took more vacation days than any president in history.

    And Obama gets grief for playing golf??

  28. discosucs2005 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:17 PM

    Before anyone gets themselves all worked up siting freedom of speech, lets remember that no one is saying he can’t say whatever he wants, but Disney (ESPN) can fire whoever they want. One could argue that a companies right to fire you for saying things is lack of freedom of speech (due to economic dependence) but as the law stands today, ESPN did nothing wrong, so we can bypass all the constitutional scholars crying foul.

    Regardless of your opinion on the President or any politician, making a comparison to Hitler is foolish and exposes either insensitivity or stupidity or both. Hitler is probably responsible for more death than any other human that has ever lived. If you don’t like Obama, compare him to Jimmy Carter. If you don’t like Bush compare him to Hank Williams Jr. But comparing people to Hitler makes light of what Hitler was.

  29. deadmanwalking47 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:18 PM

    he does’nt care cause espn is still paying him!

  30. wonderboy18 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:18 PM

    He didn’t say anything wrong!!!

  31. herlies says: Oct 3, 2011 6:18 PM

    An ignorant hick tho likely knows nothing about Adolf Hitler.

  32. kwalk4780 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:19 PM

    ESPN sucks. Why dont you ban Chris Carter and Keyshawn for being idiots too?

  33. gobills716 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:19 PM

    who is the third “stooge”? Obama, Biden, and Hitler?

  34. seneca1ss says: Oct 3, 2011 6:19 PM

    Ignorant Drunk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. lostsok says: Oct 3, 2011 6:19 PM

    What an idiot. While I don’t always agree with Obama, any more than I did with Bush, comparing either to a man who intentionally murdered millions is unconscionable. Career: over.

  36. 2sloweggroll says: Oct 3, 2011 6:19 PM

    I love Bocephus and I voted for Obama so I can not be more un-bias (is that a word?)

    But, really espn? did you not know that Jr was a redneck twenty years ago when you hired him?

  37. thetruthinyourface says: Oct 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    Yeah—I wonder how upset they would have been had he said something like this about Bush I , Bush II or Reagan

    one thing this world is not lacking and has in great overwhelming abundance is HIPPOCRATES
    on both sides of the aisle

  38. spike954 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    Amen brother! Finally somebody who is not afraid to tell it like it is. I agree 100% with him, he has every right to say what he did, espn sucks anyway so who cares

  39. cereal blogger says: Oct 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    Obama & the foreigners are ruining this country, they’re gonna take errrrr jobs

    Derka derrrrr

  40. waltdawg says: Oct 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    That’s exactly what they should have done….By them I mean the Hank Jr band compare those 2 idiots!

  41. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    Who cares about this irrelevant redneck anyway. This firing was long overdue.

  42. chrishousand says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    Love it! Go Hank!

  43. drgreenstreak says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    ‘Bout freakin’ time! HW jr is a man of questionable intelligence, has repeatedly danced upon the racism line and has little respect for women other than they are a sex object.
    Hank is an insult to football fans and I am glad he’s gone. MNF was about all he had left and he blew it. Good riddance!

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Great! Now we get to listen to Tirico one minute earlier. Mute time
    ————-

    RIGHT? The guy makes me wanna gouge my eyes and ears out.

  45. mike83ri says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    notrelated says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:12 PM
    Free speech is only free until someone is offended by it.

    ——————-

    Free doesn’t mean without consequence. You sound like Sarah Palin. Please go back and study some congressional law to understand what the third amendment entails.

  46. xpensivewinos says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    Well, if that’s what it took to get rid of that stale, annoying song, so be it.

    We can only pray Faith Hill opens her mouth any minute now…….

  47. august589 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    I could never stand Hank Jr opening MNF. I would either mute the sound or zip though the segment if I recorded the game. Hopefully, ESPN drops the segment permanently!!

  48. sromgrom says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    Give me a break… My butt this country is for freedom of speech…

    It’s his right to make any comparison he wants… if he wants to compare Dolly Parton to the devil, he can!!!

    And he shouldn’t get spanked for speaking his mind… he’s not doing any harm to ESPN.. really, do you honestly think, people will tune out MNF, because Hank Williams JR makes a quasi direct comparison of our current prez to a brutal dictator??

    Wow…God forbid people speak their own mind, and thoughts without having to worry about their separate jobs being taken away from that..

  49. leftysmoke says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    Hank Williams, Jr. is some dumb redneck. Who woulda thunk it? MNF intro is painful to watch anyway. Win-win.

  50. drumnw says: Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    Preach Hank Preach!

  51. pskotte says: Oct 3, 2011 6:22 PM

    ESPN right for dropping him. HWJr on the right track though, even if he doesn’t understand that you have to accept the consequences for expressing your opinion in public.

  52. bucks12965 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:23 PM

    Lousy song, Lousy singer.

  53. kingokra says: Oct 3, 2011 6:23 PM

    Not having some, worthless, contrived “song” at the top of the broadcast will not be missed. I wish the chick that opens the NBC Sunday Night game would say something similar so she could get banned too. I’m just thankful that the afternoon games and the big college games don’t submit their fans to such torture before those games. Good riddance, I hope they get rid of that crap for good.

  54. imasturbate says: Oct 3, 2011 6:23 PM

    Way to throw away your lottery ticket you dumb arse. Can’t wait to see what awfulness they put on to replace it. Oh vey

  55. thevikes85 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    Those songs suck ass anyway,no talent hillbilly.Trivialising what Hitler did in making any comment like that is beyond redneck stupid.

  56. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    Uh, no one is putting him in jail for saying what he did…THAT would be a violation of free speech.

    I guess you people want the government to demand that ESPN keep Hank even though they are embarrassed by his words? Maybe pass some laws that a “firing panel” or government agents make sensitive business decisions.

    I guess none of you free-market conservatives believe a business has the right to do what they want about their business…based on your whiny crybaby comments about “free speech” and this clown.

    This is ESPN’s business. It is their decision.

    Stop your nonstop whining.

  57. ashlyp07 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    All my Third Reich friends are here for Monday Night!

  58. txxxchief says: Oct 3, 2011 6:25 PM

    All liberals believe that no one in their right mind could disagree with them!

  59. insider7 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:25 PM

    Are you ready for some ignorant racism??!!

    ESPN better not have this goober back at any time, not just tonight.

  60. giantenemybird says: Oct 3, 2011 6:25 PM

    The “freedom of speech” defense is stupid. Freedom of speech doesn’t protect you from losing your job/60 second spot on Monday Night Football. He’s protected from the government, not employers/business partners. He’s not going to jail, you idiots.

  61. swagjag says: Oct 3, 2011 6:26 PM

    To replace the classic “Ready For Some Football,” MNF will re-air the Black Eyed Peas SB halftime performance in its entirety

  62. isphet71 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:26 PM

    As completely ridiculous as Hank’s comment was…

    It would not be the dumbest thing said on ESPN today,by a long shot. He was just trying to fit in.

  63. justanotherdummy says: Oct 3, 2011 6:26 PM

    Like anybody would have noticed he was gone without being told. It is an awful game tonight, and I have last night’s “Boardwalk Empire” on DVR anyway. Who cares what an almost celebrity thinks? For that matter, who even cares what El Presidente thinks? All I know is that our polititions will lie to us, taxes will go up, and they will spend the money unwisely.

  64. jamiebuf12 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:27 PM

    soo will i get banned for thinking obama is the antichrist??????? well he is and thats my religous belief:P

  65. holdthemayo123 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:28 PM

    I smell big time bad pub for ABC out of this one – with the internets, it won’t be hard to find numerous examples of them doing nothing about “Bush is Hitler” people that appeared on their programming.

  66. RaiderMight says: Oct 3, 2011 6:28 PM

    So much for Freedom of speech? He was able to say it, and he got fired. He didn’t get killed for saying it. Morons!

    You can say what you want, you can still pay for what you say.

  67. Deb says: Oct 3, 2011 6:28 PM

    Those who think Obama actually compares to Hitler should get to do a stretch at Auschwitz. Bocephus is a good singer, but his IQ drops 75 points when he speaks. (Yeah, Biden plus Obama equals three stooges :roll: ) Why would ESPN take him seriously enough to pull his game intro? He’s entitled to make a boob of himself if he wants.

  68. radtrigger says: Oct 3, 2011 6:29 PM

    who cares about some drunk dude and his crappy intro. Just youtube an intro if you miss it soo much and then go watch the game.

    I don’t know about you but all the pregame shows are kinda sh1t to me. I watch from 15:00 – 00:00

  69. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 6:29 PM

    “I wonder if BSPN was upset all those times the Dems compared W. to Hitler? I bet not. ”

    Are you a total dunce?

    If those Dems were on the ESPN payroll, you better believe they’d have been fired.

    And your seeming displeasure with a company doing as it sees fit with regard to their own businesses is both anti-American and anti-capitalism?

    Do they not have the right to do so?

    Why do you hate America, you commie?

    At least Hank didn’t quit like that weak bltch Rush Limbaugh, who ran away and hid under a rock (like he did during the Vietnam War) at the first sign of trouble.

  70. jetropolitans says: Oct 3, 2011 6:29 PM

    why are people bringing up freedom of speech? Yes, HW3 should always be allowed to say WHATEVER he wants…but he must also deal with the consequences. Suspension is justified.

  71. scudbot says: Oct 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    My God, why is Jaws still in the booth? He’s horrible.

  72. liquidgrammar says: Oct 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    It was time to retire that flippin’ song anyway!!! Good grief!!!!!

  73. txxxchief says: Oct 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    I love the left’s comments on this post..nearly all epithets and virtually no substance. Quick! delete my comments before anyone sees them!

  74. isphet71 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    I’m too busy trying to get the image of Obama with a Hitler stache out of my head to comment on the social ramifications of what’s happened.

    I wish my brain had an off switch. Talk about distracting.

  75. jwphillips17 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    Ditch the hillbilly. There are plenty of talented musicians with functioning brains who would love the job.

  76. gbfanforever says: Oct 3, 2011 6:31 PM

    It’s a shame what he’s done to his fathers name. no talent bum…

    Ask the Dixie Chicks how they feel about free speech after all they went through after far far far more sensible and reasonable comments about a man that deserved it.

  77. leftysmoke says: Oct 3, 2011 6:31 PM

    Watch the video here:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/03/hank-williams-compares-obama-to-hitler_n_992513.html

    It’s ten times worse when you watch this, instead of just reading the quote. Dude is a full fledged racist redneck. Dumber than a box of rocks too.

    “WE’RE POLARIZED!!!”

    He probably thinks he’s talking about taking a picture.

  78. thejjharris says: Oct 3, 2011 6:32 PM

    I think a lot of you need to do a little more research into what First Amendment “Freedom of Speech” rights actually are. (Hint: not “anyone can say anything without consequence.”)

    Regardless, ESPN should have yanked the song because it is awful.

  79. toddm1016 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:32 PM

    I’m Hank Williams Jr., biatch!

  80. catdelmonte says: Oct 3, 2011 6:32 PM

    he should take a lap too

  81. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 6:33 PM

    Slim Charles, great point.

    Also, I loved it when you took at Cheese Wagstaff. He had it coming.

  82. kd75 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:33 PM

    I think anyone with half a brain cell can see that Hank Jr wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler.

    He was pointing out the pointlessness of that round of golf between Obama and Boehner, which solved nothing.

    Besides, how do you know he wasn’t comparing Obama to Netanyahu and Boehner to Hitler?

    Look, if you form your political views based on anything any actor/musician/athlete says…You probably aren’t smart enough to work a voting booth anyway.

  83. happybunnyj says: Oct 3, 2011 6:34 PM

    Is ESPN hypocritical? The statement only said they are pulling him from “tonight’s telecast.”

    He can have whatever views and make whatever statements he wants. He just has to be willing to accept the consequences. If I went to work with a “My Boss is Stupid” t-shirt, I should be willing to accept the consequences (even though it would be true).

  84. Deb says: Oct 3, 2011 6:34 PM

    capslockkey says:

    This is an absolute travesty. This is almost as bad as putting Tony Kornheiser in the booth.
    ———————————————–
    Hey, I like the MNF song, but no. No no no. Just thinking about Kornheiser in the booth makes me go all ich-ich-icky … like a roach just crawled across my foot.

  85. joerevs300 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:35 PM

    Um, like or hate Obama, comparing him to someone who killed over 1 million Jews and others is just *slightly* unrealistic.

    Maybe “Hank” should go live in another country if he doesn’t appreciate his freedoms here.

  86. Bearfan54 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:35 PM

    Who cares? Just don’t take away Faith Hill in that tight sweater dress! OMG!

  87. jay72 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:36 PM

    I love the freedom of speech ‘argument’ that’s being spit out. Folks should probably do some reading. Freedom of speech means you can’t be arrested for something you say short of the old ‘shouting fire in a crowded theater’ example. Private companies can do what they want, and guess what? They’re just as free to make their own decisions as this guy is to say what he wants and deal with the consequences – short of an arrest, as that would be illegal.

  88. riverhorsey says: Oct 3, 2011 6:36 PM

    the guy was wasted

  89. pkrlvr says: Oct 3, 2011 6:36 PM

    The sad part is how many people think this guy is right! The fact that people in this country liken a man who wants health care for the poor to a man who killed millions of people makes me very sad. We’re in the position we’re in right now because the GOP’s only mission right now is to make sure Obama doesn’t get a bill passed. Then in 2012 they can claim Obama didn’t accomplish everything and we got back to 4 years of GWB type politics……

    Wake up people! The GOP is not your friend. They care about elections, nothing else. Unless you make more than $250k a year you’re voting against your means anyway!

  90. txxxchief says: Oct 3, 2011 6:36 PM

    Benito Mussolini loved to dictate “executive orders.” Executive orders should be prohibitied no matter who is in the D.C. orifice.

  91. turgidsen says: Oct 3, 2011 6:36 PM

    Are ready for some Billy Ray Cryus , I mean Cyrus or whatever his name is? .Another washed up no talent redneck.

  92. blkmanwtan says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    For all you guys who preach Freedom of Speech needs to realize ESPN has the freedom to fire. As an employee I cannot say whatever I want or embarrass the company I work for.

  93. odp456 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    MNF intro sucks anyway. Give me two more minutes of Tirico, Wingo, hell even Theisman would be better than that overweight, over rated, POS Williams. This is MNF’s chance for some improvement. Get someone who looks like Faith Hill, not Hank Hill.

  94. thepowerofgreen says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    Sports and politics don’t mix…at least they took that douche Olberman away from Sunday Night Football….

  95. lks311 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    First, people always roll out the “whatever happened To freedom of speech”, argument. There’s freedom of speech—you just can’t say whatever comes into you idiot head when you work for someone. Hank’s not going to jail—he’s just getting fired. Second , this is not the first complaint about this guy, this one was just too big to ignore with sponsors. The almighty dollars will always rule the day. Glad he’s gone…let’s move on.

  96. deakontke says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    What an idiot. I don’t think he understands much of anything he was talking about.

    I think ESPN dropped him because he is a moron rather than for what he said.

  97. flyerscup2010 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    i cant say i agree with hank williams’ sentiment (cant say i like obama either but thats besides the point), but his comments weren’t on espn, nor on abc, and hes not an employee of the parent company, so theyre making a point by not playing his song for…one night? if he has any conviction in his right to free speech, he’ll stop letting espn use his song.

    and i’m liberal. hank’s perceptions of reality are clearly skewed, but espn’s perceptions of what matters and what response is appropriate or necessary are completely out of whack.

  98. philthewise says: Oct 3, 2011 6:37 PM

    Let’s see Hank, you are comparing the most evil dictator who ever lived with a President who reminds people as being the next Jimmy Carter. That’s great. June 30, 1934, Hitler has former Chancellor Kurt von Sleicher and his wive murdered in their home. No explanation or justification. Just dead, along with a bunch of other people that day Hitler wanted to get rid of. And that was only the beginning. Obama wanted to reform health care. Let go of this off the charts hatred for him Hank and have some perspective.

  99. nfwego says: Oct 3, 2011 6:38 PM

    This song should have been dropped years ago. Not for racist comments. For sucking.

  100. oxycode30 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:38 PM

    Thank god we don’t have to listen to that dumb hick and his crappy song any longer! And for those of you who equate MNF with his silly song, I guess you’re still green. The REAL MNF opening theme song was a cool synth score going back to the 70s… bring THAT bad boy back!

  101. jetsfan1003 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:39 PM

    discosucs2005 has it right – freedom of speech means that you won’t have your rear end hauled off to jail for expressing your right to say whatever you want… however it does NOT mean that there can’t be consequences (loss of job, friends, etc.) if you say something as stupid as HW did. Unfortunately, WE get to pay for his mistake (in a very small way, but still) because we dont get to hear his pump-up intro at least for tonight. And don’t be surprised if it is permanently removed as well. What an idiot!

  102. cosanostra71 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:39 PM

    I support Hank Williams Jr for speaking out against the excuse we currently call our President, but I also support ESPN’s decision to bench him. While I disagree with it, they are free to hire and fire anyone they want, just like Hank Williams is free to compare anyone he’d like to Hitler. That is what is great about this country.

  103. sfraider says: Oct 3, 2011 6:40 PM

    I’m really surprised that Hank knows who Netanyahu is.

  104. cereal blogger says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    Doesnt he have a swastika on his belt buckle ?

  105. mommydrank says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    Hey, he may be ignorant, racist, uniformed, and mathamtically challenged, but who on Fixed News isn’t? And didn’t Dennis Miller used to be in the MNF Booth? Intelligence and political nuetrality have not long been prerequisites for being associated with this telecast…

  106. rugdog100 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    I’m not seeing that he compared Obama with Hitler. He was saying Boehner and Obama are as opposite as Hitler and Netanyahu. So what?! We’re so fricken hyper-sensitive in this country that it’s gotten to be ridiculous. Michael David Smith, you missed the boat on this one… no matter what color you are.

  107. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    PROTEST ESPN!!! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WATCH ESPN. You should be coming here and going to rotoworld.com for your sports news by this point anyways.

  108. presidentjesus says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    Hank Senior would be ashamed.

  109. clefan12 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    The tenuous grasp of the concept of freedom speech among PFT posters is disturbing.

    Freedom of speech protects you from legal consequences. It DOES NOT give you the ability to say whatever you want to say at any time. Go call your boss a vile name tomorrow and see if your free speech argument works.

  110. themagicisyou says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    The First Amendment gives us the right to say anything we want, without any consequences or even counter-arguments.

    I agree with ‘thetruthinyourface.’ This country is full of Hippocrates.

  111. billionsvsmillions says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    It’s a shame for Hank, hes white… if Hank were black, the NAACP and Rev Jackson would be all over commenting race had an issue in this. Yep, those nappy headed hoes and the N word can be used by the opposite color, but a white man says it… oh no! Before you say this is not a race issue, Hank = white, Okillyanation aka Obama aka Non american born president = black. White man, insults a black man these days… well, you see what happens.

  112. insider7 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM

    Don’t forget that Bob Kraft is the single most important owner regarding the NFL’s television contracts. He was the lead negotiator for the league on these contracts.

    Bob Kraft also happens to be Jewish so I don’t think this is sitting well with him, particularly during the Jewish holiday season.

    Nitwit Hank just painted a bull’s eye on himself. Way to go, genius!

  113. 3yardsandacloud says: Oct 3, 2011 6:42 PM

    I’ll never understand how anyone can defend someone for likening the President of the United States of America to a mass murdering dictator. I do not care what man holds office, to opine that he is anything like Hitler is so very ignorant and senseless.

    Further, for those of you crying “free speech”, as discosucs2005 so astutely pointed out, a company can distance themselves from whoever the hell they went when they become brain-dead in front of a microphone. It’s a damn shame that MNF will be devoid of Hank Jr. for the first time in two decades, but when you start talking on TV about something you know nothing about, you can jeopardize the only career you’ve ever had.

    Guess Sarah Palin could learn something from this…yea, probably not

  114. countsnail says: Oct 3, 2011 6:42 PM

    Although it was an incredibly stupid thing to say, he was probably only pandering to the Fox News audience, and ESPN is overreacting.

    BTW, Madonna is going to be this year’s halftime act at the Super Bowl according to Sporting News.com. I find that much more offensive than Hank’s comments.

  115. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 6:42 PM

    Yeah, Helen Thomas ripped Israel and she kept her job just because she’d been an institution for over half a century!

    Oh, wait. She was fired immediately and unceremoniously.

  116. rdsknguru says: Oct 3, 2011 6:43 PM

    He exercised his freedom of speech. He also exercised his freedom to be stupid.

  117. cameran0804 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:44 PM

    The truth hurts sometimes!!

  118. tyshy says: Oct 3, 2011 6:44 PM

    They need a new song anyway, perhaps a duet with Suzy Kolber and Joe Namath?

  119. santolonius says: Oct 3, 2011 6:45 PM

    hank williams still has his freedom of speech. no one took it away. but some paychecks come with stipulations that you don’t use your speech to offend half the nation. there are other things he could have said that would have got him banned too. if he had used the n-word for instance. or called george bush adolf hitler. these guys know these limitations when they pick up the paycheck. so no crying about freedom of speech for this knucklehead.

  120. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Oct 3, 2011 6:45 PM

    asublimeday says:Oct 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    George bush took more vacation days than any president in history.

    And Obama gets grief for playing golf??
    ———————————————————

    You are mentally challenged right? Obama is well on pace to crush Bush’s vacation time in just one term. People giving thumbs down to the obvious truth that ESPN would not have cared had this comment made about a republican are the problem with objectivity in this country. Go down to Wall Street and keep protesting the very companies you bought all your stuff from. Morons.

  121. mornelithe says: Oct 3, 2011 6:46 PM

    So, I’m assuming everyone clamoring for Freedom of Speech rights, pickets w/ the Westboro Baptists, for their right to mock military funerals?

    As someone pointed out above, you’re certainly welcome to spout whatever ignorant invective you deem necessary, when it’s your money paying the broadcast charges. However, since ESPN was, I highly doubt they want some clown turning a FOOTBALL intro, into some platform for politics.

  122. 3octaveFart says: Oct 3, 2011 6:46 PM

    Curious comparison, being as Hitler was the original Tea Partier and all…

  123. jharmon64 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:46 PM

    I’m glad he’s gone regardless of what he’s been saying. I’ve been muting the opening to MNF for sometime now.

    Perhaps they’ll get something worthwhile to open the show now.

  124. boswivel says: Oct 3, 2011 6:46 PM

    Ummm, does Faith Hill have a daughter, say around 19?

  125. Patriot42 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:47 PM

    Good for Hank!!

  126. souldogdave says: Oct 3, 2011 6:47 PM

    In the immortal words of Sir Bugs Bunny, what a maroon.He disrespected his father with that.

  127. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Oct 3, 2011 6:47 PM

    kd75 says:Oct 3, 2011 6:33 PM

    I think anyone with half a brain cell can see that Hank Jr wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler.

    He was pointing out the pointlessness of that round of golf between Obama and Boehner, which solved nothing.

    Besides, how do you know he wasn’t comparing Obama to Netanyahu and Boehner to Hitler?

    Look, if you form your political views based on anything any actor/musician/athlete says…You probably aren’t smart enough to work a voting booth anyway.
    ———————————————————-

    If only half the people on this website believed this we would be far better off. Well said.

  128. packerman1968 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:47 PM

    I will now boycott Monday night Football

  129. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:48 PM

    Why are so many people citing the philosopher HIPPOCRATES here?

  130. macadamia2010 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:48 PM

    You all do realize he’s a Stillers fan right?

    Just sayin’…

  131. bradwins says: Oct 3, 2011 6:49 PM

    Knightlines says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:11 PM
    Wow, so much for freedom of speech.

    So Hank Williams Jr. should have a right to free speech, but ABC/ESPN shouldn’t? Benching Williams is every bit as much protected speech as Williams’s idiotic comments.

  132. headhuntin11 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:49 PM

    Freedom of speech people – ESPN isn’t saying he can’t say what he said. But they give him THEIR money via royalties for the pre-game song they have every right to not give him THEIR money if they don’t agree with his thoughts.

    I don’t personally agree with what he said but I support his right to say what he did.

  133. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 6:49 PM

    I love it when “conservatives” act like bleeding heart card carrying member of the ACLU.

    I love it when “free market capitalists” question a company’s right to make a business decision as they see fit.

    All because they aren’t happy with what happened in one case.

    That’s not called being “conservative”. That’s called being ” a child”.

  134. brintfatre says: Oct 3, 2011 6:49 PM

    Speak out against Obama and you will be silenced! Remember when the media was on the Dixie Chicks side over their controversial remarks about Bush? I wonder if they will stick up for Hank the same way??

  135. chowface86 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:50 PM

    I heard Cris Carter will sing Lil Weezy tonight instead.

  136. fanoredsox says: Oct 3, 2011 6:50 PM

    He has the right to say anything that he would like to say. We are guaranteed free speech, but we were never guaranteed that what you say would not have consequences. That being said…. I am curious as to which portion of Hilter’s reign he is referring to. In the beginning Hilter pulled Germany out of a horrific depression caused by the loss of World War I and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles imposing harsh restrictions. Germany’s speed of economic regrowth at that time is basically unparalleled. So we know he isn’t comparing Obama to that because he hasn’t done anything in 3 years and since Obama hasn’t committed mass genocide I’m pretty sure he is nothing like Hitler.

  137. wethog66 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:51 PM

    drgreenstreak says:

    “‘Bout freakin’ time! HW jr is a man of questionable intelligence, has repeatedly danced upon the racism line and has little respect for women other than they are a sex object.”

    When did Hank Jr. switch to Hip Hop/Rap?

  138. mcfearless24 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:51 PM

    @pkrlvr Amen brother!

  139. jesse1834 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:51 PM

    Obama to Hitler? Really HW Jr?

  140. Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 3, 2011 6:53 PM

    Bigoted redneck hack. GTFO Hank.

  141. wasafan says: Oct 3, 2011 6:53 PM

    Hank Jr has as much right to his political opinion as Susan Surrandon (sp) or Janine Garrafalo have to theirs and ESPN has just as much right to fire him. They did. Move on.

  142. mattyice2011 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:53 PM

    I guess ESPN isn’t aware that freedom of speech is in the declaration of independence …. or ESPN feels its above the first amendment … SCREW ESPN good to see people finally speaking their minds about how screwed the country is

  143. leftysmoke says: Oct 3, 2011 6:53 PM

    kd75 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:33 PM
    I think anyone with half a brain cell can see that Hank Jr wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler.

    He was pointing out the pointlessness of that round of golf between Obama and Boehner, which solved nothing.

    Besides, how do you know he wasn’t comparing Obama to Netanyahu and Boehner to Hitler?

    Look, if you form your political views based on anything any actor/musician/athlete says…You probably aren’t smart enough to work a voting booth anyway.

    ————

    He clearly says, “THEY’RE THE ENEMY.” The host says, “Who?” Idiot follows with “OBAMA!!!”

    This guy is clearly dumber than a box of rocks. If you support or feel the need to defend his highly unintelligent and disgusting comments, you sir, are a travesty.

  144. packerpride03 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:54 PM

    I guess we cant say whatever we want when it comes to Obama. I mean you’ll be a racist redneck drunk. Go Figure Good job Hank bad job espn

  145. gregjennings85 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:54 PM

    Typical for his party, he discusses 2 people, and then calls them, “The Three Stooges.”

  146. funkylovemonkey says: Oct 3, 2011 6:54 PM

    First of all, freedom of speech refers to the first amendment, which specifically says that “Congress shall make now law” abridging freedom of speech. In other words it ONLY deals with what the Government can and cannot do. The Government can’t imprison you for saying that Obama is the same as Hitler, but you can be let go of your job for making those comments. Especially when you in some way represent that company. Hank is free to keep on sharing his opinion with whomever he wants, but the right to freedom of speech does not mean he can force ESPN to continue to use him to as a representative of their company.

    Second, using the Hitler term to attack your political opponent is childish, idiotic, and offensive. Hitler killed 6.5 million people (mostly Jews) in a systematic attempt to wipe an entire race off the face of the Earth. He also started a war which in the end killed 70 million people across the globe. Comparing that man to anyone because you don’t agree with their stance on tax policy or their interpretation of the constitution only makes you look moronic and hurts whatever point you’re trying to make.

    Not only that, but it trivializes one of the worst mass murderers in history.

  147. mj5150 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:55 PM

    but since you’re on the topic-look in the mirror-it was the Dems who did the SAME THINGS to Bush-LOL jacka**!

  148. mbapastor says: Oct 3, 2011 6:57 PM

    If we follow Chairman Mao’s or those prescribed by Vu Nguyen Giap, 10% of the population will be incredibly offended by this comment, 10% of the population will be immensely supportive of it, and the final 80% are relatively ambivalent.

    I am firmly in the camp of ambivalence. It is ESPN’s right to terminate a contract with Hank.

    Profootballtalk.com is not the forum where you will win an argument about whether ESPN firing a man for making comments.

    And finally, because I want my own ridiculous conspiracy to blow up on the Interweb, “I heard the Obama people called up ESPN, and they threatened to pull the President’s predictions of the NCAA Basketball Tournament if they didn’t terminate the relationship with Hank Williams Jr.”

  149. txxxchief says: Oct 3, 2011 6:59 PM

    The liberal media will try to snuff out any opinion contrary to their own. I’ve seen leftist opinions ten times worse reported as facts on CNN and MSNBC. True, your employer can fire you for many reasons, but I doubt that anyone at ESPN really thought he was representing their business when he made his comments, which were meant to be humorous.

  150. roseann894 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:59 PM

    I’m surprised it took this long. ESPN somehow didn’t see fit to drop him after he recorded a song longing for the carefree days of the confederacy (“If the South Would have Won”) or after he (more recently) beat up a waitress.

  151. aholland00 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:59 PM

    The funny thing is that if this story didn’t come out, nobody would know that Hank didn’t start it off…..because NOBODY will be watching this awful game tonight !

  152. oldcracker says: Oct 3, 2011 7:00 PM

    Who cares what that drunken hillbilly thinks. No one ever claimed he was a rocket scientist. Hell, he only made it because of his name.

    It’s time to update that MNF song anyway. Maybe this time they could have Kanye West do a song. Isn’t the NFL all about balance & parity???

    I’m sure Fox will give Hank his own show.

  153. klutch14u says: Oct 3, 2011 7:00 PM

    Man oh man how different all this would be if it was switched around with Bush, or any republican for that matter.

  154. randallcobb says: Oct 3, 2011 7:01 PM

    I think he was including Hillary.

  155. scytherius says: Oct 3, 2011 7:01 PM

    1. Free Speech ONLY applies to government regulation of speech. (are you people really that stupid that you never learned that)?

    2. Glad for those of you that didn’t lose family in the Holocaust that you think this is a non-issue. (yet more American ignorance.)

  156. oscojoe says: Oct 3, 2011 7:03 PM

    If it wasn’t for a the double standard being aplied here I would understand.

    Unfortunetly only conservative/republican leaning celebrities get held to this standard.

    God knows how many liberal/democrats have skewed Bush and many others with no accountability.

  157. trbowman says: Oct 3, 2011 7:03 PM

    If he had compared Palin to Hitler, ESPN wouldn’t have done anything.

  158. cfletcher33 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:04 PM

    Stupid Repbulican. The smartest thing they have done since getting rid of Rush Limbaugh. Bring back Howard Cosell

  159. petthefurrywall says: Oct 3, 2011 7:06 PM

    Freedom of speech does not give you freedom from consequences. I don’t understand why people don’t get this.

  160. skidoo44 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:07 PM

    The level of stupid, mindless hate and ignorance in here is astounding.

    First, and most importantly. The First Amendment ( or as some of you more bucktooth are referring to it “freedom of speech”) exists to stop local and federal government from curtailing your right to speak and profess an opinion. It has NOTHING to do with private organizations. That’s why the Boy Scouts are allowed to fire Gay employees. Its their right.

    Second, there is nothing hypocritical about this. Bill Maher had a show on ABC (owned by Disney, Parent company of ESPN) that was canceled after he said the 9-11 attackers were brave. This offended conservatives who didn’t bother to see his larger point. Hence he was fired.

    The Free Market, which all you crazy GOP Lovers worship so hard dictates moves like this. Hank Jr. opens a show that everyone watches. 55 percent of the American public voted for Obama in 2008. Why would ESPN want to alienate them just so some stupid redneck can make ignorant comments?

    And to those who would compare Obama to Hitler, pull out a history book. Any history book Just try and educate yourself a little bit beyond your own dumb, blind rage and hatred.

  161. fmwarner says: Oct 3, 2011 7:08 PM

    thetruthinyourface says: Oct 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    one thing this world is not lacking and has in great overwhelming abundance is HIPPOCRATES
    on both sides of the aisle
    ==================================

    The other thing the world is not lacking is illiterates. Unless you meant to imply that there are too many doctors in Congress.

  162. mrzazz41387 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:09 PM

    Comparing Obama to Hitler is almost as crazy as comparing Hank Williams Jr to his much, much more talented father.

  163. realitypolice says: Oct 3, 2011 7:10 PM

    Knightlines says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:11 PM
    Wow, so much for freedom of speech.
    ======================

    Only took 4 posts for someone to make this stupid point. I notice it was mentioned many other times, but I’ll just address the first misguided fool to post it.

    First off, I am a Libertarian and I despise the Presidency of Barack Obama. No one is as protective of their Constitutionally mandated rights than Libertarians are.

    That being said, the constitutional protection of Freedom of Speech does NOT protect you from the consequences of what you choose to say. It protects you solely from GOVERNMENT persecution for what you say.

    Personal freedom only works in balance with personal responsibility. If you work for a company with a very high public profile like ESPN, and you are too stupid to realize that comparing the President of the US, no matter what you think of him, to Adolph Hitler is going to get you in trouble, don’t look for the Bill of Rights to bail you out.

  164. thetechnocrat says: Oct 3, 2011 7:10 PM

    Does anyone else get that his analogy was that the two would be mortal enemies?

    Nope, all they see is another reason to become politically inflamed over bs. All indignant political turds that frequent this site and took it that way need to have their heads checked. And people wonder why
    DC is a mess. Sheesh get a life.

  165. rhett16 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:11 PM

    If it weren’t for this story nobody would have noticed the song missing because nobody is watching this dog of a game tonight.

    Well, maybe the Painter family is, and even they won’t be able to watch after the first half anyway.

  166. veraky says: Oct 3, 2011 7:13 PM

    I don’t know what’s worse, that this nutjob actually got some air time or that some of the people on here actually agree with him (especially when his analogy makes zero sense and then when he trys to explain it it get’s even worse.) I guess I shouldn’t be surprised though, I would say that about 1/8 of the people in this country are complete morons and unfortunately, as the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid!

  167. durno99 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:13 PM

    AP is a 15 million dollar slave yet ESPN still shows his face without question. People say things! Get over it. When thwy do things then you can worry. A simple disclaimer before the song would be perfect! Ooops…….Outside of my pay grade SIR!

  168. finsuppatsdown says: Oct 3, 2011 7:13 PM

    mike83ri says:Oct 3, 2011 6:21 PM

    notrelated says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:12 PM
    Free speech is only free until someone is offended by it.

    ——————-

    Free doesn’t mean without consequence. You sound like Sarah Palin. Please go back and study some congressional law to understand what the third amendment entails.

    Ok, first of all Hank is an idiot. Notrelated..maybe you should study before calling others out. The bill of rights, or the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, predates laws passed by congress (which is what I can only assume you mean by “congressional law”). More importantly, freedom of speech is covered under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution not the Third Amendment!

  169. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:13 PM

    klutch14u says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:10 PM
    Doesn’t it matter that it’s true?
    *******************

    Link showing Obama putting Americans into concentration camps.?

  170. kegpack says: Oct 3, 2011 7:14 PM

    Time for a fresh face & voice of MNF, I’m sick of this guy…

  171. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:14 PM

    Patriot42 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:47 PM
    Good for Hank!!
    ****************

    You aren’t the only tard who thinks that.

  172. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:16 PM

    chowface86 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:50 PM
    I heard Cris Carter will sing Lil Weezy tonight instead.
    ***************

    Huh? Is that ebonics? Not everyone speaks that.

  173. charlieorlando says: Oct 3, 2011 7:16 PM

    Let’s see here… today’s conservatives call Obama a socialist. They also think that Obama is some type of modern Hitler. Hmm. Hitler was a fascist, the exact ideological opposite of a socialist. So, what does it all mean? Simple: Today’s conservatives are morons.

  174. goldrush4949 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:16 PM

    This is not surprising.

    ESPN’s become a bunch of Marxist Obama worshipers just because he fills out a damn bracket every March.

  175. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:16 PM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:

    You are mentally challenged right? Obama is well on pace to crush Bush’s vacation time in just one term.
    ***********************

    Link?

  176. hatesycophants says: Oct 3, 2011 7:17 PM

    @themagicisyou,

    Hilarious!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  177. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:18 PM

    @cameran0804,

    How is Obama Hitler? Be VERY specific.

  178. realitypolice says: Oct 3, 2011 7:18 PM

    themagicisyou says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:41 PM
    The First Amendment gives us the right to say anything we want, without any consequences or even counter-arguments.

    I agree with ‘thetruthinyourface.’ This country is full of Hippocrates.
    ======================

    I am almost afraid to attack you, because I suspect you may be being sarcastic. If you were, please disregard everything below. If you weren’t, please kill yourself:

    I don’t know which is the dumber part of your post- you complete and total misunderstanding of the First Amendment or your agreeing with someone who compared people with inconsistent views to the 4th Century BC Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates.

    I think hypocrite was the word you were looking for.

    Again, unless you were being sarcastic. Which you should at this point probably pretend you were even if you weren’t.

  179. mikeinthevine says: Oct 3, 2011 7:19 PM

    Another dumbass redneck heard from.

  180. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:20 PM

    Knightlines says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:11 PM
    Wow, so much for freedom of speech.
    ******************

    Baggers are such Constitutional scholars. This isn’t the guvment benching him. It’s the NFL benching him. The NFL isn’t the guvment.

    Go read your Constitution again, baggertard.

  181. ladyo715 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:20 PM

    Freedom of speech for him, but not the Dixie Chicks. hmmm! Didn’t he learn anything? He’s paid to sing, not to talk!!!!

  182. riverhorsey says: Oct 3, 2011 7:20 PM

    ESPN’s finest

  183. johnnyidaho says: Oct 3, 2011 7:20 PM

    I wish Faith Hill said this instead, her song might be more irritating.

  184. v2097 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:20 PM

    ill just have to sing it to myself

    MAR U MREDDY FUR SOM MOOTBARR

  185. howley1 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:21 PM

    Wow, so much for freedom of speech.

    ——————-

    Are you kidding? Our government recently assassinated a US citizen because they didn’t like what he said.

  186. CowboyErik says: Oct 3, 2011 7:22 PM

    What a dumbass! Time for a new MNF singer anyways; hot chics only!

  187. themagicisyou says: Oct 3, 2011 7:23 PM

    LMAO at the people pretending there’s any ambiguity as to who ‘Hitler’ was in that analogy. From later in the interview:

    Carlson: You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe the president.

    Williams: Well, that is true!

    How much more explicit could he have been?

  188. geniusfan says: Oct 3, 2011 7:23 PM

    Well ESPN needs to do this or else Obama won’t do his annually terrible NCAA tournament bracket for them in March.

    Pretty simple stuff here. ESPN has sucked up to Obama since the 2008 election.

  189. VikesPrincess (Lisa) says: Oct 3, 2011 7:23 PM

    @Thetruthinyourface

    You said, “one thing this world is not lacking and has in great overwhelming abundance is HIPPOCRATES”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I believe you meant “hypocrite”.

    Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos (Greek: Ἱπποκράτης; Hippokrátēs; ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC) was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Athens), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as the father of Western medicine in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of medicine.

  190. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:26 PM

    ok ignorant people crying for freedom of speech. the bill of rights protects citizens rights from being infringed upon by the government not ESPN and not other people. ESPN can do what they want, and I also have the right of freedom of speech so I think I’ll exercise it. Hank is an idiot. what else would you expect from a guy who sang the song “If the South Would Have Won We’d Have It Made”?

  191. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Oct 3, 2011 7:27 PM

    Hank Jr is stupid, but still smarter then Barrack Hussein Obama.

  192. NFLJunkie says: Oct 3, 2011 7:27 PM

    Speak out against Obama and you will be silenced! Remember when the media was on the Dixie Chicks side over their controversial remarks about Bush? I wonder if they will stick up for Hank the same way??

    So….you think saying you are ashamed the President is from the same State as you is equally offensive and inflammatory to making an analogy where you compare the President to Hitler?

    Maybe if Jr. had the good sense to just stick with calling Obama and Biden the Three(?) Stooges….

  193. tjammin says: Oct 3, 2011 7:28 PM

    So……idiot redneck makes idiot redneck comment……and people are surprised by this???
    Why is it that no one who supports Williams’ comment can spell? Just wondering.

  194. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:28 PM

    This guy is a total idiot and his MNF song, I’m sorry, has been stupid since I was 10 in 1990. Reboot, MNF. This is a great PC excuse to do so.

  195. favreforever says: Oct 3, 2011 7:28 PM

    “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”

  196. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    “Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

    The most pathetic part is that he can’t count to three.

  197. hedleykow says: Oct 3, 2011 7:29 PM

    Hank just turned himself into a Blues singer.

    Sing it, big boy!

  198. gadgetdawg says: Oct 3, 2011 7:30 PM

    The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law”. It does not provide an individual with a current or future venue for speech. Hank Williams Jr has a right to believe and/or say what he wishes but he has no right to appear on Monday Night Football. I miss the days that entertainers entertained and pundits opined.

    Perhaps as an entertainer he should remember that the country is well and truly divided. He may not mind alienating half the country but apparently ESPN does.

  199. sf69ers says: Oct 3, 2011 7:32 PM

    Some words when spoken can’t be taken back. Being drunk is not an excuse. Drunk is only an excuse not to drive.

  200. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 3, 2011 7:33 PM

    My god , have we lost the ability to think logically in the country? He wasn’t calling bo hitler he was making a comparison of two people that don’t get along. Bo could just as easily be netanyahu.

  201. favreforever says: Oct 3, 2011 7:33 PM

    It’s a bad comparison. Hitler was getting highly favorable popularity ratings in Germany while he was in power.

  202. oilers1974 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:34 PM

    kwalk4780 says:Oct 3, 2011 6:19 PM

    ESPN sucks. Why dont you ban Chris Carter and Keyshawn for being idiots too

    ———————————————————-

    add Jerry Rice also

  203. buckifan4life says: Oct 3, 2011 7:34 PM

    I hope I never hear that stupid song again… I hate it and I wish they would go back to the original theme while showing the previous weeks highlights of each team. Some things you don’t screw with and they ruined the beginning of MNF when they started with that country crap (no offense) before the games. They think we’re all toothless wrestling fans, I guess.

    Go back to the original theme, please!

  204. gregjennings85 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:34 PM

    It’s a shame, as I heard HWII was working on the script to this week’s intro all…well…week:

    “Welcome to the party, all my rowdy friends,
    A Monday Night Bash on ESPN!

    Manning an’ tha’ Colts sure are payin’ fer Romneycare!
    Tonight they head to Tampa to try an’ end welfare!

    Ready!
    C’mon and get ready!
    I mean really ready!
    Are you ready for some football?
    A Monday night party…

    The whole house is rockin’, let’s get it kick started!

    Launch this thing, raise the debt roof, that’s right!

    All my rowdy GOP friends are here on Monday night!”

  205. pastabelly says: Oct 3, 2011 7:35 PM

    These Freedom of Speech comments here are ignorant. Of course Williams enjoys that freedom. ABC and ESPN also have the freedom not to employ someone who is going to alienate 1/2 of their audience. If freedom is good for Williams, it’s also good for ESPN. Besides, I don’t think too many people care whether Hank Williams Jr sings that song again. Yawn. Thanks for playing Hank. Now you can go on Sean Hannity’s show and complain about poor poor pitiful you. :)

  206. phinfan says: Oct 3, 2011 7:35 PM

    Hank WHY DO YOU DRINK? (get drunk)

  207. snookau says: Oct 3, 2011 7:36 PM

    I don’t know who’s more stupid… the dumb liberals in this country or the stupid rednecks. Its pretty close.

    All you idiots who are saying it wouldn’t be the same if someone had said something like this about Bush… I guess you forgot the Dixie Chicks crap. All they said was that they were ashamed he was from Texas. They had TV appearances pulled and every redneck and their brother/father boycotted them. Hillbilly compared our president to a person who ordered Jews to gas chambers.

    Wake up America. Our political system is dead. Democrats and Republicans are ONE IN THE SAME.

  208. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:36 PM

    Who cares? I’m usually at the bar anyway, can’t hear the guy.

  209. otis52gsh says: Oct 3, 2011 7:36 PM

    So ESPN has no balls either.

  210. flavordave says: Oct 3, 2011 7:39 PM

    NATION OF OFFENDED WIMPS

  211. sclazo says: Oct 3, 2011 7:39 PM

    Obama sucks period. Enough said worst potus in U.S. history. Go vote and make him a 1 term president.

  212. howley1 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:40 PM

    It’s a shame what he’s done to his fathers name. no talent bum…

    ——————-

    4 Emmy’s and a Grammy, not to mention 5 Entertainer of the Year Awards says he might have a little talent.

    As far as I’m concerned, good riddance. One less Steeler fan on ESPN. He’s running for US Senate for the state of Tennessee next year. Y’all get out n’ vote!

  213. KeepitReal says: Oct 3, 2011 7:41 PM

    Yeah you tell em Hank! This president was responsible for the near collapse of the auto, real estate, bank financial services industry and stock market which without government intervention would led to their bankruptcy and have caused a depression in this country and the world. This president was also responsible for the invasion of Iraq looking for non existent WMD. I can see why you’re not a fan, Hank! lol

  214. saints4llife says: Oct 3, 2011 7:41 PM

    i would really tick him off and replace him with LIL Wayne

  215. bspurloc says: Oct 3, 2011 7:42 PM

    SO when u see something as 2 bitter enemies playing golf and describe it that way it is bad????

    I dont get what the problem is here.

  216. 303bengalguy says: Oct 3, 2011 7:42 PM

    Good riddance you hillbilly trailer trash POS!

    And to all you dumb rednecks on here who don’t understand, YOU and I can both BE FIRED for something we say in public. But you wouldn’t know that not having gone past 4th grade. Why do you think that other ‘neck Foxworthy made the show called “Are you smarter than a 5th GRADER”? But I should probably also acknowledge, some of you wouldn’t be fired for saying something like HW3 said here… because you probably also work for a similar-minded trailer trash boss at that junk yard you just got home from before ploppin down in frent da toob fer sum fit-bawl on Mundeee nite with yinz kin folk.

  217. pastabelly says: Oct 3, 2011 7:42 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if they brought back the original instrumental music to MNF.

  218. 1phd says: Oct 3, 2011 7:45 PM

    Thank you for FINALLY dumping this fat red neck hee haw hillbilly. Who, like has already been pointed out, has spent his entire life living off his father’s excellent reputation and talent.

  219. redbear18 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:46 PM

    Okay, I don’t agree with his comments. (Obama’s an idiot who doesn’t know how to run a country, but he hasn’t killed millions of people for having “inferior genes”…) but I think it’s being blown way out of proportion. Bush was called Hitler by left-wingers all the time with no reaction. Now a right-winger makes the comparison with Obama and suddenly it’s a crisis? Get a life!

  220. philliesphan says: Oct 3, 2011 7:46 PM

    People confuse what free speech is all about. You are free to say whatever you wish. If you say stupid things you have to be willing to accept that there will be ramifications, like losing your job.

  221. KeepitReal says: Oct 3, 2011 7:47 PM

    If he thinks Obama and the Democrats are the enemy, he believe that Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Al Qaeda are his friends. “shrugs”

  222. jm1122 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:48 PM

    …ha ha…when even the hosts of fox & friends are directly questioning your right wing, nonsensical, babble you know you’ve got a problem…

  223. kenneallys06 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:50 PM

    AMEN Hank . Freedom of Speach !

  224. duncanthecat says: Oct 3, 2011 7:50 PM

    Bad comparison. One knew how to create jobs and get an economy going, while the other is anal.

  225. 1captain1 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:52 PM

    I wish he’d said…

    “Susy Kolber *hiccup* I want to kiss you.”

  226. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 7:52 PM

    I love it when liberals are exposed as the Ancient Greek Doctors that they are.

    Hippocrates! All of ya’s!

    And for all you people questioning ESPN, I am sure that your broadcast sports empire is better than the one they’ve built and maintained. You surely are better business people than those at the helm of the worldwide leader in sports. I have no doubt they’d benefit from your business acumen, please send your resume for the CEO position to Bristol, CT ASAP!

  227. qdog112 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:53 PM

    Now go apply for welfare you d.a.m.n redneck!

  228. cscfriarbob says: Oct 3, 2011 7:53 PM

    He’s not exactly correct… but neither is he entirely wrong.

    But anybody who even says anything slightly unkind about the Obamessiah better run for cover (or use a pseudonym). We’re entering the election months… the next 14 months are going to be BRUTAL for anybody who doesn’t fall down and worship at Jugear’s feet.

  229. beastson says: Oct 3, 2011 7:53 PM

    Free speech issues? Free speech defense only protects you when it comes to government, not when it comes to the image of a company that is there to make profit ie. ESPN

  230. jm1122 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:54 PM

    …but it is hard to think of a better representation of the ignorant, american redneck than hank williams jr…so maybe he can still get gigs singing for nascar?

  231. mrcompton82 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:54 PM

    Just minutes later it is announced that Madonna will be performing during half time at the Super Bowl. I guess you only get the ax if you are a republican.

    It kind of sounds like the intro is only temporarily removed.

    “as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

  232. deebo92 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:55 PM

    Since when did we care what Hank Williams Jr says? We about care what and when he sings. Tis all.

  233. pitmanlaw says: Oct 3, 2011 7:55 PM

    Hank used his right of free speech and no one is suggesting that he couldn’t. But those who pay the bills weren’t happy (and we all know that making the boss happy is important), and he was essentially fired…… Hank can go stand on any corner and yell the same stuff as loud as he wants. That’s what free speech allows….but not on the boss’s dime.

  234. moochzilla says: Oct 3, 2011 7:55 PM

    fanoredsox,

    Hitler did that with MASSIVE government spending programs. Military, autobahn, and the like.

    So, how do you reconcile your reverence for Hitler’s economic prowess with your Tea Party anti-big government stance?

  235. wvuandsteelers says: Oct 3, 2011 7:55 PM

    Not a fair comparison. Germany’s economy actually improved during Hitler’s first 3 years.

  236. deebo92 says: Oct 3, 2011 7:56 PM

    Since when did we care what Hank Williams Jr says? We care about what and when he sings. Tis all.

  237. TheWizard says: Oct 3, 2011 7:57 PM

    Long overdue to get rid of his act.

    People need to leave Hitler out of modern political discourse.

    I don’t like Obama myself, but that kind of stuff accomplishes nothing.

  238. wolfepup says: Oct 3, 2011 7:57 PM

    Hank, didn’t you get the memo? You have to be a liberal, commie to say what’s really on your mind. You are right though.

  239. superfbfan says: Oct 3, 2011 7:57 PM

    I hope ESPN realizes that no one would have known he said this if they did not suspend the “monday night football anthem”….. unnecessary making mountains out of mole hills…15 yard penalty and loss of down.

  240. skolvikes says: Oct 3, 2011 7:58 PM

    I love how only a handful of people have noticed that he never compared Obama to Hitler.

    He compared Obama and Boehner being together to Hitler and Netanyahu being together. As in, both being from opposite sides. That’s it. Nothing else.

    Obviously a poor choice for a comparison, but I fail to see how ANYONE could construe that as saying Obama is like Hitler. Baffling.

  241. joelvis72 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:01 PM

    From the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” numbers you can tell who’s a cellar-dwelling northeastern liberal on this board…

  242. bronfieldmann says: Oct 3, 2011 8:01 PM

    I find it inane to a degree of insanity that people conjure the worst ghosts of history in seriousness because all they have to express themselves in our current culture is hyperbole. In no sense, ever, ever could Obama be confused with Hitler. Hitler is a singular (but not unique– Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin are all in the category) apex of the most depraved and terrifying regime that the world conceived. We are not like the German people of that era; our leaders are not like them. Can we not disagree (even full-throatedly) without tearing each other down to the lowest crumb of dignity and vituperation? Obama is a middle-left President, probably more just middle, historically speaking. If you want a hard right country, you are as unlikely to be rewarded as a communist who wants his nation to be a Soviet state. We are a middle of the road people. It’s time to stop with the extremism, the name-calling, the denigration and get back to basics. The extremity of the right-wing’s reaction is sickening. Hitler? Really? Let me know when we have the Nuremberg laws equivalent, the dissolution of the legislature, the melding of executive power to an absolute, the expansion of the army, the militia on the streets (the SA and SS), the concentration camps, the final solution, the invasion of our neighbors, the capture of other countries, the Kristalnacht equivalent in our time, the blitzkrieg of Poland equivalency, the murder of 10 million in the gas chambers, the unequivocal support of an entire nation behind that leader, and the mass destruction of a continent. Let me know when you have a parallel. Disgusting in the extreme.

  243. lawyerwithachainsaw says: Oct 3, 2011 8:02 PM

    Please people: “Freedom of speech” means the government (remember “Congress shall make no law . . .”) cannot restrict your right to speak (except in certain circumstances). It has NOTHING to do with whether a private organization (such as ESPN) can make a business decision based on the speech of a private contractor associated with that organization.

  244. americankris says: Oct 3, 2011 8:03 PM

    Rush Limbaugh strike one
    Mike Greenberg , Martin Luther Coon Jr. strike two
    Now this tisk tisk ESPN

  245. tryclyde says: Oct 3, 2011 8:03 PM

    Everytime something like this happens people always say, “So much for free speech.” The right to free speech doesn’t mean that there are no consequences for what you say; it means that you can’t be prosecuted by your government for it. I can’t go into work and say, “I hate all people who are hispanic, black, white, etc.” and not expect to get fired. Hank Williams Jr. said something incredibly stupid, and now he’s facing the consequences.

  246. johnnyshore says: Oct 3, 2011 8:04 PM

    When you consider how many babies have been slaughtered due to leftist abortion policies, (which Obama voraciously supports), it’s not that unfair of a comparison.

  247. abr173rd says: Oct 3, 2011 8:05 PM

    Because he comes out and compares Obama to the three stoodges he gets punished? Obama is the worst mistake this country has ever made, at least he had the nerve to say it. He’s ruining out country doing nothing about the deficit and allowing veterans…..

  248. jeffe43 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:07 PM

    Jr. is just as ignorant as he looks. This one hit wonder should have been gone a long time ago. Go write a new song you stoopid sumbich (hillbilly talk). What time is Tea tonight Hank? Dumb Dumb Dumb !!

  249. sarasotan says: Oct 3, 2011 8:07 PM

    This is not a “free speech” issue. Of course Williams has a right to say what he said. And ESPN has a right not to use him. Freedom of speech does not give one the right to say whatever he or she chooses without the possibility of consequences.

  250. delshofner says: Oct 3, 2011 8:09 PM

    Why do celebrities/entertainers think we care about their political views? I don’t care if it’s Alec Baldwin’s left-wing nonsense or this kind of right-wing crap from Hank Jr. They should all just STFU.

  251. georgiagirlc4 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:14 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks he was just pointing out political differences and not actually comparing anyone to hitler?

    It was a poor choice of analogy, but people are blowing this out of proportion. He wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler.

  252. arsement says: Oct 3, 2011 8:14 PM

    People like this assclown who are uneducated, bigoted, redneck, with minimal brain capacity should not be allowed to speak into a microphone.

    I am no longer baffled by how genuinely stupid some people are.

  253. patslaya says: Oct 3, 2011 8:15 PM

    They should replace him with Weird Al so Al can sing about how Gruden shows off his F’n camel toe in the booth! WTF John. Time for you to get some MC Hammer pants.

  254. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 3, 2011 8:15 PM

    So, that means he compared Boehner to Netanyahu?

  255. ducesblackshirt says: Oct 3, 2011 8:16 PM

    What a horrible comparison, Hitler was vastly more competent.

  256. Justified By God says: Oct 3, 2011 8:16 PM

    Get Kid Rock to take his place. Kid Rock would be awesome as an opener to MNF.

  257. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 3, 2011 8:16 PM

    Hank Williams Jr lyric: “If the South woulda won, we’da had it made.”

  258. favreforever says: Oct 3, 2011 8:20 PM

    Netanyahu spotted Adolph 10 strokes in recognition of the fact the old man was over twice his age. Then he offered to pay for the green fees and carry both bags. But still Hitler continued to berate him in a loud voice, wagging his finger, calling him “cheap”, “untrustworthy”, and “a blight on humanity!”.

    Finally they had to call Amelia Earhart from the motel to come and take the old guy home.

  259. jkffootballguy says: Oct 3, 2011 8:20 PM

    A blessing in disguise, now they can finally find a replacement for that worn out song. Have fun on the casino circuit Hank Jr.

  260. soniadon says: Oct 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    Great move ESPN, ranks right up there with showing a sports documentary on a transgender tennis player.

  261. kingjoe1 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    This is hilarious. Why do any of us care what Hank Williams Jr thinks about politics?
    We give far too much attention to celebrities and their opinions on a variety of things which are not in their area of expertise.

    Basically who effin cares what he says, or what Bob the tire guys says, they all mean nothing.

    ESPN just gave this guy a whole lot of attention for something that would have fell between the cracks in the sidewalks of nashville.

  262. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 3, 2011 8:23 PM

    Awesome! I agree.

  263. rdrs68 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:25 PM

    Knightlines says: Oct 3, 2011 6:11 PM

    Wow, so much for freedom of speech.

    ————————————————

    Freedom of speech ONLY protects one from the government. Private businesses can regulate and punish speech as it wants.

  264. rugdaniels says: Oct 3, 2011 8:26 PM

    This is NOT a freedom of speech issue. No one denied Hank Williams the right to say what he said. A private company decided not to air his opening on Monday Night Football, as is ABC/ESPN’s right to do so. The 1st amendment opens with, “Congress shall make no law…”. ABC is a private entity and allowed to decide what to or not to air.
    It’s the Constitution folks, read it. You only need to read 1/1oth of the Bill of Rights to figure this one out.

  265. bigfranky75 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:26 PM

    man o man…. the analogy is awful and i dont agree with his thoughts or sentiments… but seriously?

    i HATE our politically correct society…. where people are so uber-sensative. why do people let other peoples opinions bother them so much… gimme a break.

    epic FAIL on ESPN’s part in my opinion.

  266. kountryking says: Oct 3, 2011 8:26 PM

    Poor judgement, Junior. I don’t think your immortal father would be proud of that utterance.

  267. skit11 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:26 PM

    were is freedom of speech number 2 if a blackman said this or jew would it be treated the same way

  268. audient says: Oct 3, 2011 8:27 PM

    kd75 says:Oct 3, 2011 6:33 PM

    I think anyone with half a brain cell can see that Hank Jr wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler.

    —-

    Apparently you didn’t watch the video. When Gretchen said to Hank that he was comparing Obama to Hitler, he agreed. He said “that’s true.”

    So, yes, Hank Williams, Jr. should be off ESPN. Permanently. Otherwise, ESPN ratifies these comments as if they were their own: that the President of the United States is the same as a genocidal Nazi dictator.

  269. steelersandladyboysfan says: Oct 3, 2011 8:28 PM

    ESPN doesn’t want to lose it’s access to those precious NCAA bracket fluff pieces it does with the Great One, Stuart Scott would be beside himself.

  270. rezen73 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:28 PM

    I think it’s hilarious (and sad, actually) that people assume that Hank Williams Jr. is equating or otherwise comparing Obama to Hitler.

    It’s the relationship between the parties mentioned that’s important here.

    I’m going to go out on a limb here, and make the reasonable assumption (Ass-U-Me) that everyone here knows & realizes that Hitler attempted to exterminate the Jews, right? And that everyone here knows & realizes that Netanyahu is the current prime minister of Israel, right? So consider the relationship between Hitler and Netanyahu (if one could possibly exist).

    To a point, Hank Williams probably should have used Superman/Lex Luthor, or Sauron/Frodo, or maybe even Cris Carter/Calvin Johnson.

    However, even though he didn’t, his point is still valid – that the President & Speaker of the House, being in diametrically opposed political parties which have severe, vehement, public distrust and/or outright hatred for each other, playing golf? Yeah, bizarro world, regardless of which “side” you’re on.

    Finally, ESPN pulling the spot makes them look like considerate fools, in that they couldn’t figure out it was a relationship comparison, not a personal comparison.

  271. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 3, 2011 8:29 PM

    yep. good call espn. now get rid of that fu*k wit who does the show with the cute blonde girl.

  272. dkeyser says: Oct 3, 2011 8:29 PM

    Really? Who would have known he said anything in the first place had espn not made a statement about it?

  273. lordofelioch says: Oct 3, 2011 8:30 PM

    The man is from Alabama where a comparison of the President to Hitler could get you elected to public office. I sould think that the “Teabaggers’ have already begun circulating the petitions.

  274. realitypolice says: Oct 3, 2011 8:33 PM

    georgiagirlc4 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 8:14 PM
    Am I the only one who thinks he was just pointing out political differences and not actually comparing anyone to hitler?

    It was a poor choice of analogy, but people are blowing this out of proportion. He wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler.
    =====================

    He compares Obama and Boehner playing golf to Hitler and Netanyahu playing golf.

    He calls Obama and Biden “the enemy”.

    Ipso Facto, if he is not comparing Obama (the enemy) to Hitler, than he is calling Netanyahu an “enemy” of the US, which is almost worse.

    Can you follow that or should I explain it to you in smaller words?

  275. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:34 PM

    “capslockkey says:

    Seriously ESPN, nobody gives a crap about some drunken honky-tonk singer’s political views. NOBODY! We just want to hear the damn song before we watch some football.

    This is an absolute travesty. This is almost as bad as putting Tony Kornheiser in the booth.”

    Well said, I cann’t think of a more fitting statement for this story!

  276. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 3, 2011 8:35 PM

    Anyone ever see the skit on SNL with Hank as Bosephus? I think Chris Farley played the part. Comedy gold.

  277. joyjoy69 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:36 PM

    brintfatre says: Oct 3, 2011 6:49 PM

    Speak out against Obama and you will be silenced! Remember when the media was on the Dixie Chicks side over their controversial remarks about Bush? I wonder if they will stick up for Hank the same way??

    ——————-

    Thanks for recognizing the obvious: that saying you are ashamed to be a Texan because President Bush made Texans look bad is muuuuuuch worse than likening the president to the most hated and notorious person in human history. Why can’t everyone see that you can call the President Hitler if you disagree with him, but just DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!!!

    Others have already said this, but it bears repeating: Hank Williams, Jr. exercised his freedom of speech and wasn’t punish by the government for it (and he won’t be). Being free to speak doesn’t mean that you should be protected by the government for the consequences of speaking your mind. I’m not sure hoe coherent William’s message was, but I hope he feels good about the fact he was free to say it, and face the consequences.

    Tell me this – if you ran a multi-billion dollar business and one of the people you pay to be the public face of that company makes a comment that is guaranteed to offend most Americans, do you keep paying him to represent your business interests? I don’t know about you, but I’m going to make a real public display of just how far away his comments are from my business’s views. Hank was born into show business and has grown up in that reality. He should be the last person surprised by it.

  278. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 3, 2011 8:36 PM

    but for you liberals out there:

    why is it OK to call republicans and tea party activists nazis and terrorists?

    seriously. the entire democratic party has called me a nazi and worse than a terrorist. how is that OK? this thing with the Williams happened on FoxNews, and they all looked shocked by his comments. If this guy had said, ‘well it’s like Mitt Romney golfing with Stalin,’ would you all be so outraged?

    no. you wouldn’t. you’d laugh and back it up. you’d justify the comment.

  279. frostyviking says: Oct 3, 2011 8:37 PM

    Who should really care what a celebrity or an athelete says,most couldn’t figure out if there are tits on a boar.

  280. briank1ne says: Oct 3, 2011 8:40 PM

    who cares…that song sucks.

  281. wicky888 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:42 PM

    So ………
    1. He’s a drunk
    2. Hes a redneck
    3. He’s an idiot
    4. He’s racist
    5. He’s sexist

    …. does ESPN not realize who their audience is?

  282. realitypolice says: Oct 3, 2011 8:45 PM

    skolvikes says:
    Oct 3, 2011 7:58 PM
    I love how only a handful of people have noticed that he never compared Obama to Hitler.

    He compared Obama and Boehner being together to Hitler and Netanyahu being together. As in, both being from opposite sides. That’s it. Nothing else.

    Obviously a poor choice for a comparison, but I fail to see how ANYONE could construe that as saying Obama is like Hitler. Baffling.

    ===============================

    It’s baffling because you’re stupid.

    1) He makes an analogy using Hitler- the greatest war criminal in human history and Netanyahu- a leader of one of the United States’ most important and close allies, to describe Boehner and Obama golfing.

    2) He proclaims Obama to be “the enemy”.

    3) Thus, the person representing Obama in the analogy must be someone that HWJ considers “the enemy”.

    4) Therefore, he is either comparing Obama to Hitler, the obvious conclusion since everyone would consider Hitler an enemy or…………

    5) He is comparing Obama, who has he called “the enemy” to Netanyahu, who is clearly not an enemy of the US in the minds of most Americans.

    Which of the two options, 4 or 5, makes more sense, when you actually take 30 seconds to think about it?

  283. tebowsgonnagitya says: Oct 3, 2011 8:46 PM

    If you would watch the video, you’dbe outraged. FMNF, and ABC/espn. Boycott time

  284. cosanostra71 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:46 PM

    After reading these comments, it is interesting to me how dissent went from patriotic to racist in just a few short years.

  285. bigbirdsfan says: Oct 3, 2011 8:48 PM

    Agree or Disagree,

    Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Speech. If you do not like it; change it….good luck with that…Tipper Gore probably still thinks Ozzy is the devil…

  286. mikjags says: Oct 3, 2011 8:50 PM

    Absolutely asinine decision by ESPN. I am boycotting MNF (except when the Eagles are on).

  287. locutus says: Oct 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    More leftist hypocrisy…ho hum….

  288. coolj23 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    Hitler!! Really? We all have our political views but to compare obama to one of the worst people in the history of this world is absolutely wrong. Unfortunately in this country the worst politicians in the world are the ones you didn’t vote for… Never finding fault in your guy. Hmm! I wonder how hitler stayed in power so long?7

  289. sh4doww4lker says: Oct 3, 2011 8:54 PM

    briang123 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM
    Does anyone really think that if he compared Bush (or fill in Republican of choice here) with Hitler, ESPN would have cared? Of course not.

    oops –You mean like …..a national Dixie Chicks boycott?

    Freedom of speech, common sense and respect for the President of the United States which ever party he/she belongs.

  290. jeffz303 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:55 PM

    HACK Williams Jr.

    Too bad the apple fell so far from the tree talent-wise.

  291. sakatak says: Oct 3, 2011 8:55 PM

    In the state of Wisconsin it has become commonplace for a segment of the population to compare our Republican governor to Hitler. Truly a bunch of losers, just like Hank Williams JR.

  292. wesvikes17 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:56 PM

    To bad gruden didn’t say that so we wouldn’t have to listen to him just one night we wouldn’t have to hear him think everyone is the best at everything then I might actually turn the volume up. Also good for you hank someone actually spoke out agianst the dumb ass. He only was speaking the truth espn!

  293. locutus says: Oct 3, 2011 8:59 PM

    rdrs68 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:25 PM

    Freedom of speech ONLY protects one from the government. Private businesses can regulate and punish speech as it wants.

    Right. Why do you think these private businesses regulate and punish so severely? Do you think that the current dogma would bring down the “government” on them like a ton of bricks if they did not? Spare me the “no, it’s only because of money” retort.

  294. rarson says: Oct 3, 2011 9:04 PM

    I have no problem with ESPN deciding to do what they want, it’s their network. But really, if the issue is that they don’t support his statements, then they should’ve just ignored them, because by removing the opener from MNF, they’re just drawing attention to them.

  295. nyyankeedave says: Oct 3, 2011 9:09 PM

    “All my racist friends are here on Monday Night!!”

  296. Deb says: Oct 3, 2011 9:11 PM

    oscojoe says:
    Unfortunetly only conservative/republican leaning celebrities get held to this standard.

    God knows how many liberal/democrats have skewed Bush and many others with no accountability.
    ———————————————–
    No accountability? What kind of accountability should people have for voicing their opinions? I’ve already said ESPN overreacted. But it pales to the overreaction of conservatives to the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines saying she was ashamed President Bush was from Texas. Conservative radio hosts across the country burned the group’s CDs and refused to play them, the women’s concerts were canceled, their lives were threatened, and their families had to have ’round the clock security. Bocephus just got his song pulled for a night.

    Instead of whining about how no one picks on the Big Bad Liberals, try reading a newspaper once in a while and realizing American conservatives aren’t the poor wretched oppressed of the world.

  297. jeffz303 says: Oct 3, 2011 9:11 PM

    What in the hell is Hack Williams Jr. complaining about? Where else but the good ol’ USA can a drunk, country bumpkin, no-talent hack ride the coat tails of his father to “stardom”.

  298. jeffz303 says: Oct 3, 2011 9:14 PM

    “sh4doww4lker says: Oct 3, 2011 8:54 PM

    briang123 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 6:13 PM
    Does anyone really think that if he compared Bush (or fill in Republican of choice here) with Hitler, ESPN would have cared? Of course not.

    oops –You mean like …..a national Dixie Chicks boycott?

    Freedom of speech, common sense and respect for the President of the United States which ever party he/she belongs.”

    When it comes to Conservatives, don’t bother with facts. It only confuses them.

  299. akmgiants says: Oct 3, 2011 9:27 PM

    TALENT SKIPS A GENERATION. HANK III FOR MNF. lol
    that would be the greatest song ever.
    also comparing boehner to the israeli guy is almost like the hitler comparision. niether obama or boehner have attempted genocide

  300. nowillrepeat says: Oct 3, 2011 9:29 PM

    What’s up with all the Obama Love?

    Man this country has gotten sickeningly liberal

  301. realitypolice says: Oct 3, 2011 9:32 PM

    rezen73 says:
    Oct 3, 2011 8:28 PM
    I think it’s hilarious (and sad, actually) that people assume that Hank Williams Jr. is equating or otherwise comparing Obama to Hitler.

    It’s the relationship between the parties mentioned that’s important here.
    ==========================

    How do you square that with him explaining the analogy by declaring Obama to be the “enemy”?

  302. bebopa says: Oct 3, 2011 9:33 PM

    racism is alive in well. hopefully this incident wont get swept under the rug. Hopefully it will be commented on for weeks , world wide. An illiterate redneck trying to be intelligent. Kudos to ESPN, hopefully we wont have to listen to his tired “song” anymore.

  303. georgiagirlc4 says: Oct 3, 2011 9:38 PM

    Whoever responded to me, chill out. I didn’t watch the video. Now I have and I stand corrected.

  304. jimmylions says: Oct 3, 2011 9:38 PM

    How many of the idiots crying that HW Jr.’s free speech was violated also boycotted radio stations playing the Dixie Chicks (for saying they were ashamed that he was also from Texas)?

    I’m glad Jr’s gone just because his schtick is old, stale, and boring. That redneck MNF opening jumped the shark a long time ago.

    ESPN should hire Motorhead to open MNF with “Ace of Spades!” (and Lemme lives in LA, so he’s technically an American nowadays).

  305. snnyjcbs says: Oct 3, 2011 9:51 PM

    Old Hank needs ESPN like I need a Bad Case of the Flu. Hank bows to nobody. Old Hank does not care for Obama?, seems like he is in the MAJORITY these days as backing from Main Stream Leftest Media or not our Country needs more then an X Chicago Used Car Salesmen to help lift this Country up off her knees. We Shut off Monday Night Football in our Home tonight in Honor of Hank.

  306. bcar1023 says: Oct 3, 2011 9:57 PM

    Man, its funny to hear the cries of Freedom of Speech. Y’all are a bit confused. He has a right to say whatever he wants and no one is suppressing that right. ESPN also has an equal right to associate with whomever they choose. They same logic applies to any workplace. You have the right to call your boss a moron and he/she has the right to fire you.

  307. rangenius says: Oct 3, 2011 9:58 PM

    What happened to free speech and free expression. He was making an analogy. Sure, Obama’s authorized bombings in the middle east has not killed as many people as Hitler did, yet, but he’s still pretty evil.

  308. rangenius says: Oct 3, 2011 10:01 PM

    You morons always see issues in red vs blue and republican vs Democrat. Get over the paradigm you brainwashed morons. Turn off the football and try reading a book. What matters is free speech.

  309. charger383 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:02 PM

    There are very few worse name in history than Hitler.
    I like Hank, jr’s songs and the intro to MNF but this was in poor taste. He was probably drunk during the interview. That would not be anything new.

  310. jints3bowls says: Oct 3, 2011 10:02 PM

    All of you spewing this “he can say what he wants…” freedom of speech BS have ZERO idea of what this is about.

    No company ever wants a political view displayed for them, regardless of whatever side you are on. Most corporate companies have departments thats only job is to monitor INTERNAL emails. The company I worked for once sent me a notice to not send any emails out regarding a political stance because the email can be traced to the company. It was a minor infraction but had I been a public representative I would have been fired immediately.

    You have the right of freedom of speech when you are only representing yourself. You rednecks are the worst part of this country with your lack of forward thinking.

    Me being of Jewish descent, I find what he said extremely offensive and don’t want to hear a peep out of this fool ever again.

    O’bama, Biden, and Hitler….they are the 3 stooges?? IDIOT!!!

  311. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 3, 2011 10:12 PM

    I hate all minorities and Freedom of Speech says you can’t downvote my comment.

    (I really wish they would properly teach the 1st Amendment in school….I really….REALLY do)

  312. jagerbmb says: Oct 3, 2011 10:14 PM

    Wonder how many people watched the video to see who he stated he likes so far…

    Herman Cain

  313. gregjennings85 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:17 PM

    Deb:

    With one stroke of the pen, your stock just went up 4,000%.

  314. macneil4025 says: Oct 3, 2011 10:17 PM

    What a pile of Sh*t!! To be honest though, I have no idea why Hank still does Monday night football, last time I heard he was piss drunk and peeing on his fans at some concert. Poor Hank is just White Trash, it’s no wonder they love him on Fox News, its his crowd!!

  315. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 3, 2011 10:19 PM

    I’m only posting because everyone else is. I wae nt to be part of the most-commented-upon blog post in the history of PFT.

    Frankly, I’m far more concerned about the Colts D-lineman whose foot was just separated from the rest of his leg.

    Who gives a crap about Wank Hilliams when there are grown men crying on an NFL field. Seriously, this Obama/Hitler crap is not that big of a deal. Just a country singer popping off…what’s new?

  316. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 3, 2011 10:20 PM

    Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”
    That’s only 2 Hanky. First comes 1 then 2 then 3.

    What do want from the guy, he fell off a mountain and landed on his head.

  317. rolandsloan says: Oct 3, 2011 10:42 PM

    You can say whatever you want. The people who respond to what you’ve said can say whatever
    they want also.
    If you say something, and people have to debate
    endlessly about what you have said, I guess it
    wasn’t said too well.
    Hank’s an idiot. He could’ve just said he didn’t like the Prez. The comparison was unnecessary,
    not to mention not accurate.

  318. blancodiablo says: Oct 3, 2011 10:53 PM

    nowillrepeat says:Oct 3, 2011 9:29 PM

    What’s up with all the Obama Love?

    Man this country has gotten sickeningly liberal
    ————————–

    Dont be disheartened. This is NBC after all. And we both know the libs dont like sports. They are just upset that the independents only have a 31% favorability rating for the President. One and done. And it will be a landslide.

    But I love how these lawn fairies call a Southern man redneck, hillbilly, hick, etc. They wouldnt dare say that to a man’s face for fear of getting their Starbuck’s Latte shoved down their f*&^ing throats.

  319. stellarperformance says: Oct 3, 2011 10:56 PM

    If Obama turned water into wine, there will always be people that would call him an alcoholic.

  320. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 3, 2011 11:08 PM

    It’s offensive to compare any of our nation’s presidents to Hitler. It’s idiotic to resort to this type of analogy…you don’t do your arguement any favors. As for all of you crying about poor Hank-that it’s the liberal media over-reacting because it’s Obama….remember the Dixie Chicks’ comments about good old George Bush? They were villified…their CD’s burned and songs banned from most radio stations. Hank’s only losing out on royalties from his crappy, out-dated intro song. The Dixie Chicks payed a much heavier price!

    For you idiots who actually believe Obama is like Hitler, try brushing up on your history, or better yet…go to a Holocaust museum.

  321. Deb says: Oct 3, 2011 11:09 PM

    rangenius says:

    Sure, Obama’s authorized bombings in the middle east has not killed as many people as Hitler did, yet, but he’s still pretty evil. … Turn off the football and try reading a book. What matters is free speech.
    ————————————————
    Since you’ll be turning off football and reading (Diary of a Madman?), I trust this is the last wackadoodle nonsense we’ll hear from you.

  322. wuznotsobad says: Oct 3, 2011 11:14 PM

    ESPN, why don’t you pretend Gruden said that and yank him from the booth? That way everyone wins – you get to exercise knee-jerk reaction, and we are spared the oral diarrhea!

  323. majskinsfan says: Oct 3, 2011 11:15 PM

    I guess it would be futile to point out that given the sequence within the analogy, Boehner -> Obama; Hitler -> Netanyahu, HW actually called the Speaker of the House Hitler and Preisdent Obama, the leader of Israel. Poor examples for an analogy, maybe lions and hyenas or Reagan and Qadhaffi. And someone mentioned above that Hitler was responsible for more death than anyone in history…Well chalk another one up to our public education system because Stalin dwarfed Hitler in the number of humans killed. Again it’s futile. The best point made so far is the freedom of speech doesn’t equate to freedom from repercussions for things you may say.

  324. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 3, 2011 11:16 PM

    locutus says: Oct 3, 2011 8:59 PM

    rdrs68 says: Oct 3, 2011 8:25 PM

    Freedom of speech ONLY protects one from the government. Private businesses can regulate and punish speech as it wants.

    Right. Why do you think these private businesses regulate and punish so severely? Do you think that the current dogma would bring down the “government” on them like a ton of bricks if they did not? Spare me the “no, it’s only because of money” retort.

    ——————————

    Hahahaha….best argument ever…..I am, from now on, cutting off every valid point at the knees in an argument….

    “Why do you like air so much? And spare me the ‘because it helps me live’ retort.”

  325. MichaelEdits says: Oct 3, 2011 11:25 PM

    We cooked a pig in the ground
    We got some beer on ice
    And all my Saudi friends are coming over tonight
    That’s not right

  326. drejoh says: Oct 3, 2011 11:43 PM

    Did he get arrested? No? Well, I guess he does have freedom of speech. And ESPN exercised their right to disassociate themselves from such a wreckless person. Good management removes bad decision makers.

  327. KeepitReal says: Oct 3, 2011 11:59 PM

    Yeah you tell em Hank! Obama was responsible for the near collapse of the auto, real estate, bank, financial services industry and stock market which without government intervention would led to their bankruptcy and have caused a depression in this country and the world. This president was also responsible for the invasion of Iraq looking for non existent WMD. I can see why you’re not a fan, Hank! lol

    If he thinks Obama and the Democrats are the enemy, I guess he must believe that Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Al Qaeda are his friends. “shrugs”

  328. njvike says: Oct 4, 2011 12:00 AM

    It’s about flippin’ time! Yeah, let’s stick with a lame song that was popular for about 12 seconds over 20 years ago (by a handful of middle state rednecks).

  329. td40 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:00 AM

    Ga-hyuk!!

  330. majskinsfan says: Oct 4, 2011 12:05 AM

    And by the way, I’m not really a HW fan and if this means I can turn down the volume and watch Faith Hill prance around in leather more, ok by me.

  331. primebeef44 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:10 AM

    Since ESPN wants to be the speech police how about they take the Steelers off MNF because of Mendenhall’s comments about 9/11 being an inside job? ESPN is a bunch of YSSUPS!!!!

  332. hijackthemic says: Oct 4, 2011 12:17 AM

    Hank Williams Jr. comparing Obama to Hitler would be like Stalin fingerbanging your mom as she watches Fox News. It’s like Laurel and Hardy and Mo.

  333. spytdi says: Oct 4, 2011 12:23 AM

    Having new people in there sing the damned intro will be horrible. Please no freaking Nickelback or Outkast. Hank did it well, if that’s the only thing he ever did. Have him apologize for stating factual comments and let’s get on with it. Bush took more vacation days that Obama, but spent them doing things he enjoyed, Obama has played golf, when he really wanted to shoot hoops and roll dice on the street.

  334. tdh21 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:23 AM

    Ok, for all of you who are screaming about free speech here is a civics lesson. The first amendment only protects against the government limiting speech. Since ESPN is not an agent of the government it is well with in its rights to fire anyone that makes comments that hurts its brand.

  335. autumnwind999 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:40 AM

    “That would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu. Not hardly. In the shape this country is in?”

    When Brian Kilmeade of Fox News said he didn’t understand the analogy, Williams replied, “I’m glad you don’t brother, because a lot of people do. They’re the enemy . . . Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”

    ——————-

    Whaaaaa? Hitler? Netanyahu? Golf? Hank’s glad that a conservative news station anchor thinks his analogy is gibberish? Obama and Biden are The THREE Stooges?

    Mr. Williams Jr., what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  336. dumbaseinstien says: Oct 4, 2011 12:57 AM

    Who gives a crap about ESPN’s political stance? Obama is an A$$!!

  337. poochpunt says: Oct 4, 2011 1:03 AM

    Before actually viewing the video clip I thought firing the guy was overkill (the whole freedom of speech thing, etc.). After watching the clip I think Mr Hanky should be banned from using a microphone in public ever again.
    This dude is a complete moron. I’m all for the 1st Amendment and the freedoms and rights it affords us, but having such an ignorant person on a public medium watched by millions of people of all ages sit there and say that Obama and Biden are “the enemy”!?!? Whether or not he agrees with these politicians and the views they represent is one thing but calling them the enemy and comparing them to a man that most people agree is the essence of evil and racism’s posterboy is quite another.
    Mr Hanky is a member of a band. An entertainer (whether or not he actually entertains is open to debate). That’s all he is. If he’s educated he certainly doesn’t come of as such. People like Mr Hanky are the reason stereotyping and generalizing exist in this world. Why? A child from PA (for example) is watching this man on TV claiming that our president is really our enemy asks his mother “where is that man from mommy?” and his mother says “somewhere in the South dear.” BAM! Racism born. Damage done. Mr Hanky just became a representative of the south. This is why people like him give all southerners a bad name. Those views formed during childhood live on and aren’t changed easily.
    I commend ESPN on taking a stance here and fully support them in canning that jerk. Well done ESPN. Well done.

  338. carolinajimbo says: Oct 4, 2011 1:09 AM

    Never liked Hank. He just made a completely stupid comment about our president regardless of your opinion of Mr. Obama.

    His act is stale anyway.

  339. 2ruefan says: Oct 4, 2011 1:10 AM

    Here’s a question for ya..

    Would ESPN have pulled him if he had made a disparaging comment about a REPUBLICAN president on say “MSNBC” or “NBC” or “CNN”

    I doubt it.

    Media is controlled by the libs, and this is an EXAMPLE of why he doesn’t like Obama.

    The stupidity of the analogy aside…

    When Kanye West declared on National TV that “George Bush does not care about Black people’ nobody in the media gave a damn.

    But here… a comment not even on the BROADCAST and after 20 years they pull it without question.

    Hypocritical idiots…

  340. 2ruefan says: Oct 4, 2011 1:17 AM

    BTW,
    All you liberal morons comparing this to the Dixie Chicks ought to review the facts.

    NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY in the liberal media did ANYTHING but HERALD their “courage” when they spewed their sewage.

    It was the PUBLIC who spoke to them buy refusing to buy their music after their idiotic comments, where the apparently failed to realize the general political leaning of their followers. (idiots)

    Nobody on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, EPSN “pulled” their music of shows or endorsements.

    It was conservative (former fans) who spoke out.

    So, stop comparing it. Not the same.

  341. raylewis52 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:19 AM

    Yea, Anyone who thinks their own countrymen is “the enemy” just because of opposing political views is not an American if you ask me. No can be compared to Hitler. Not even that one POS that died in May.

  342. btownsf says: Oct 4, 2011 1:23 AM

    Any comment starting with citing the Huffington Post, immediately loses ALL credibility. There’s never been a more biased, nationally published news source…

  343. tatum064 says: Oct 4, 2011 2:23 AM

    No matter how much you disagree with Obama’s policies, there is no remote comparison to Hitler whatsoever. This moronic course of action (courtesy of the RNC) was done because Bush (more appropriately) was compared to Hitler by the Dems. And that Bush-Hitler was more accurate due to the Patriot Act, and 9/11’s event echoing the Reichstag Fire. Do some research, and you’ll find the changes to domestic security mirrored the same policies of National Socialist Party activity. Also, Prescott Bush was embroiled via Union Bank in supporting the Nazi’s.

    Then again, who thinks or studies history anymore, anyway? Why else does it repeat itself?

    Obama is continuing the same policies as Bush, and this is evident in the continuing actions in Afghanistan and the refusal to close Gitmo.

    Are you ready for some football!?

  344. lance19 says: Oct 4, 2011 2:31 AM

    If you haven’t seen the vid yet, do so.

    It’s worth it just to see 3 Fox News employees
    squirm: how should they handle someone who shares their open distain for the president,
    but isn’t cheerful, cute or coy about it?

  345. pantherdan says: Oct 4, 2011 3:05 AM

    Excuse me for one minute…While I think….Hmmm, I have listened to 40 years of comedy and down right insults from both sides on all major networks and 10 channels have hosts of multiple shows just hammering conservative Americans to no end…Yet 3 of those channels still show NFL games.

    The Hilter comparison was dumb but not a reason to boot the guy off the air in what has become sort of an iconic part of the whole “NFL” MNF experience…But no more…

    MNF is worried about 50% of their audience….Well, blacks makeup up 17% of the general population and do you think any black or any other true NFL is going to ditch watching even a very crappy game by a team that has fallen apart at the seams and another team who plays on again and off again football and almost allowed CURTIS PAINTER to beat them! Yet the game was still watched.

    I am a black man and I will watch it unless they have some fool on there talking about the hate mongers who killed Dennis Byrd should have been given a reward! Then my channel changes, I then call the network….But calling the Prez the enemy….hell, I bet most people without a job and ones fixin to lose their homes about now feel he is the enemy and not the solution. He has been there 2 years things have gotten worse, the debt has gone thru the roof, he still has a war going on on two fronts yet when osama was killed all he had to do was declare victory job done, turn it over to the UN and bail out…but no.

    Obama is playing the re-election game with the war and with US boy’s lives…He feels he can be somehow seen as a battle tested commander-in-chief in the campaign instead of a former community organizer (his only other life/work experience before becoming the leader of the free world…that is scary)

    Hell, if osama’s 2nd in command (was still alive) and Hitler’s grandson (if he had one) were both doing play-by-play on MNF do you think anyone other than a handful of fans would walk away from watching a Patriots-Jets or Cowboys-Redskins game? You know they would not.

    Football along with UFC style sports and playoff basketball and baseball generally transcend bigotry, ignorance and usually fend off and are able to overcome most forms of racism (even if Mike Vick starts complaining and race baiting about calls he does not get when what he really means is the real reason he is not getting the calls Brady gets is because he is black rather than because his style of mobile play virtually makes him a 1st or 2nd running back option on every snap…look at his per season rushing average!)…………

    Let Hank sing and intro the game…America likes a fat dumb redneck acting up for a few minutes, once a week during the season.

    Hell another “football” network, showing Sunday NFL action, gladly lets Letterman still bash Bush and attack any GOP member he can wrap his feeble brain around long enough to formulate a bit of “hate speech” for, every single night…But do they cancel his show for fear the football fans will take offense and not watch? Give a brother a break! No and no there is not a whole lot of difference in the two except Letterman is a PAID PART OF THE NETWORK AND IS IN TURN ONE OF THE SO-CALLED “FACES” OF THE NETWORK.

  346. bullcharger says: Oct 4, 2011 3:18 AM

    This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. He exercised his freedom of speech… everyone listened. That’s totally fine.

    However, he compared the President to the undisputed most evil person ever to walk the earth. That is really stupid. There are still consequences to using your right to free speech to say something really stupid. ESPN will exercise their right to fire people that say really stupid things.

    People have the right to do and say many things that won’t keep them gainfully employed.

  347. bullcharger says: Oct 4, 2011 3:31 AM

    locutus says:Oct 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    More leftist hypocrisy…ho hum….

    ——————-

    It’s leftist to fire someone for saying something completely moronic that damages your brand? I would say that defending your corporation’s brand would be something most republicans would believe in.

  348. vomitingliberals says: Oct 4, 2011 3:47 AM

    charlieorlando says:
    Oct 3, 2011 7:16 PM
    Let’s see here… today’s conservatives call Obama a socialist. They also think that Obama is some type of modern Hitler. Hmm. Hitler was a fascist, the exact ideological opposite of a socialist. So, what does it all mean? Simple: Today’s conservatives are morons.
    ————–

    Obama is a socialist. The NAZI’s were socialists too, but your silver-ponytailed 60’s reject professor probably never taught you as much. Mussolini imported Fascism from America. It existed in and was a popular ideology among LEFTISTS in the universities of that time. Mussolini had a special affinity for Woodrow Wilson and kept in close contact with Columbia University were Fascism in it’s incubation phase was nursed along.

    Hitler admired Mussolini and borrowed from much of what the Italian dictator had learned and implemented. He didn’t copy it exactly, because Hitler was a nationalistic socialist, but there is no doubt that they shared a mutual understanding, hence their alliance in WWII. Facism can be said be “of the right”, only if it is applied to being to the “right of the left”.

    Facism AND Communism are leftwing ideologies., but the revisionist hippies at the local government sponsered indoctrination mill (insert your favorite university here), has fashioned an argument to the opposite that has taken hold in the minds of generations of impressionable youths.

    Re-educate yourself. Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini are ALL products of the LEFT!

  349. bullcharger says: Oct 4, 2011 3:50 AM

    @rangenius

    wackadoodle is officially my favorite word.

  350. nevin999 says: Oct 4, 2011 4:34 AM

    @discosucs2005

    That was a very thoughtful comment. Well said, man.

  351. steelnucs says: Oct 4, 2011 4:40 AM

    I only had to read the quote once to figure out that there really was no “Obama – Hitler comparison” or “likening”. What was compared was (Boehner and Obama playing golf) with (Hitler and Netanyahu playing golf). Far from what the headline would have you believe. Typical.

    I’m not a HW Jr. fan or a republican, just someone who wants the media to be a little more factual and a lot less sensational.

  352. childressrulz says: Oct 4, 2011 4:55 AM

    Hank II gives that family a bad name. He is still living off of his dad. His Dad by the way hated the man and if he knew what Hank was doing and saying he would be rolling over in his grave. As would anybody’s ancestors who realized their descendants were seen on the same stage as that idiot Palin.

  353. jimmysee says: Oct 4, 2011 6:58 AM

    Tell your boss to his face that he’s a dumbass, or better yet, compare him to Hitler and he’s the enemy. See how long you have a job.

    You’ve got freedom of speech but not freedom from consequences.

    Only it’s not the government hauling your butt away.

  354. EJ says: Oct 4, 2011 7:06 AM

    I am more of a Hank fan than of our lovely President Obama. At least Hank loves his country, Obama just wants to run it to the ground.

    If I had a chance to either meet Hank Williams Jr or President Obama, I’d have to go with HWJ. Everybody is entitled to his or her own beliefs.

  355. torturedraiderfan says: Oct 4, 2011 7:08 AM

    Hank Williams Jr comparing Obama and Biden (pick Pelosi or Ried as the third stooge) to the Three Stooges is unfair…….the Three Stooges weren’t nearly as dumb as the illustrious triumvirate leading our country down the toilet. Let’s be fair.

  356. trilbilly says: Oct 4, 2011 7:16 AM

    Jack Daniel’s – It’s not just a breakfast drink anymore.

  357. blueintown says: Oct 4, 2011 7:17 AM

    @mike83ri says:

    Free doesn’t mean without consequence. You sound like Sarah Palin. Please go back and study some congressional law to understand what the third amendment entails.

    ____________________________________

    You mean the first amendment, bozo. Try actually looking at the constitution before citing it. I hardly think an amendment related to soldiers having permission to live in someones home during war relates to this.

    A business is free to hire or fire whoever they wish. If they think that an individual’s presence will alienate a good deal of people, or that their mere presence reflects poorly on the broadcast, then it’s anchors away.

  358. 8man says: Oct 4, 2011 7:20 AM

    What? They look absolutely nothing alike…

  359. dolfan72 says: Oct 4, 2011 7:24 AM

    NOBAMA and Boehner are polar opposites. That is all Hank was saying. Then again, when ESPN has to make an issue out of NOBAMA’s bracketology, it’s a bit outrageous! ESPN should stand for Everyone’s Speech Pro NOBAMA! NOBAMA CAMPAIGNED LIKE REAGAN, BUT HE GOVERNS LIKE CARTER! “THERE YOU GO AGAIN!” NOBAMA HAS 474 DAYS TO GO!

  360. litmus13 says: Oct 4, 2011 7:29 AM

    ESPN is definitely doing the right thing by eliminating Hank Williams Jr’s presence and influence from the great game of football.

    We are all usually united under the game, and there is “usually” a feeling of respect and patriotism that runs through the experience,….this is CLEARLY not what Williams is about.

    Hank Williams Jr is a DIVIDER. His presence will be bad for football, and will underscore the divide in our country,…driving fans away from Monday night football.

    Many people here at my office this morning expressed shock, anger and disappointment at William’s statements.

    He should be ashamed.

  361. dickroy says: Oct 4, 2011 7:35 AM

    @ Deb

    Your comments about the Dixie Chicks nailed it!
    I just love you!

  362. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 4, 2011 7:39 AM

    Don’t touch the third rail Hank… Oops, he did. Guess Hank doesn’t know anything about how things work around here..

  363. dryzzt23 says: Oct 4, 2011 7:54 AM

    If this was Kanye West comparing Bush to Hitler, and he was fired….

    wait a sec, West would NOT get fired b/c he’s black, plus the entire black community would come out to support him and demand that he be reinstated and those ppl who fired West are then fired. Plus the blacks would all scream about freedom of speech in the same context that they scream “racism” when they really mean bigotry but they don’t bother educating themselves to know the difference.

    But in this case the offender was european-american so espn can do whatever it wants w/o any repercussions

  364. honkerdawg says: Oct 4, 2011 8:08 AM

    Another example of the Entertainment Sports and Pandering Network at it’s best. 3 hours of has beens telling you nothing and the obvious on Sunday. Commentators having their own agenda on certain players- and announcers/analyst who are loud and terrible and ex-coaches who are supposed to be experts! There’s a reason they work for ESPN, no team wants to hire them again. ESPN thinks they are the voice of sports and the fan, believe me they ARE NOT!

  365. jayrandle says: Oct 4, 2011 8:09 AM

    Why was he on Fix News anyways?

    I surprise Steve Doochy did not stand up and say Amen when HW3 made his comments.

  366. fwippel says: Oct 4, 2011 8:20 AM

    Sounds like Hank has been hanging out with Jeremiah Wright!

  367. fwippel says: Oct 4, 2011 8:35 AM

    I guess someone reported Hank William AttackWatch.com, huh?

    Oh, you don’t know what that is? It’s a web site set up by Obama to allow Americans to report negative attacks on the President. The kind of spying on citizens that you’d find in, say Germany…back in the 1930s. OMG!!, I’m not supposed to say that, am I?

  368. kemoslobe says: Oct 4, 2011 8:38 AM

    Man have we become a polarized society. This isn’t about politics, freedom of speech, nor networks either endorsing or slamming a political party. This is simply about a network that pays an enourmous amount of rights fees to the NFL in order to broadcast the game on Mondays. How does it make sense to pay that money? Because Espn/ABC make it back in attracting advertisers to buy spots during the game and paying to promote their goods on MNF. So when this small part of the MNF ‘brand’ says some stupid crap on another program it has the potential to turn off a large advertiser from buying advertsiing during MNF. IT’s as simple as that. ESPN/ABC have to distance themselves from ol Hank lest a Ford, Toyota, or Budweiser pull their dollars and ABC makes LESS money. It’s all dollars and cents, not politics or media control. Dinero! But since Hank had no sense (or apparently humor) he jeapordizes his employer’s income and thus he has to go to timeout. Hank should know better than to risk his cash cow.

  369. purnellmeagrejr says: Oct 4, 2011 8:59 AM

    TO those of you whining about free speech – Williams can say (or sing) whatever he wants – he just can’t do it on MNF. But look at the bright side – he can go hang out with his buddies at N1ggerhead and whine about how white people are discriminated against. He reminds me of David Allen Coe – who used to lard his live shows with the most despicable racist garbage imaginable.

  370. 11inthebox says: Oct 4, 2011 8:59 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    I hate all minorities and Freedom of Speech says you can’t downvote my comment.
    (I really wish they would properly teach the 1st Amendment in school….I really….REALLY do)
    ——————————————
    Wow.
    Gotta ask the good folks at PFT….uh, what exactly are your ‘standards’ for screening?

  371. Steeler's Will says: Oct 4, 2011 9:04 AM

    I’m bothered that ESPN felt his comments could be that damaging to the MNF brand. I wonder if ESPN failed to act, what would the NFL’s stance be? I realize the Network’s leverage in the matter, but the NFL surely has a dog in the fight?

  372. smraleigh says: Oct 4, 2011 9:07 AM

    I don’t think Hank was really comparing President Obama with Adolf Hitler, the perpetrator of heinous crimes against humanity. What I do think he was doing, and this is really the most concerning part, is establishing that although the two parties have different ideologies, they shouldn’t be working together. If this is true, then we the people are caught in between.

    It is this ideology that is killing our nation’s potential for recovery more than anything. we the people do expect them to work together to govern this country once there. If our only hope is that every so many years, one party or the other has total control so something is accomplished, then we’re witnessing the end of a mighty US as we know it. And the rest of the world knows it too. This was part of the assessment regarding the down grading of our debt; our inability to govern effectively.

    This isn’t a free speech issue. The First Amendment doesn’t insure agreement with the comment, nor does it demand any given employer accept speech they feel is damaging to their company. It does not guard against consequences of the comment, with the exception of protecting the person from the government imposing penalties.

  373. Deb says: Oct 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    2ruefan says:
    All you liberal morons comparing this to the Dixie Chicks ought to review the facts. NOBODY in the liberal media did ANYTHING but HERALD their “courage” when they spewed their sewage. It was the PUBLIC who spoke to them buy refusing to buy their music … Nobody on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, EPSN “pulled” their music of shows or endorsements.
    ——————————————–
    You’re right, it’s not the same. ESPN was offended by Hank’s comments and chose not to air his music for a night. That won’t hurt his bottom line. Radio stations nationwide were offended by Natalie Maines’s comments and chose not to air her music forever. They also orchestrated CD burnings. They colluded to deny the women their livelihood.

    And none of this has anything to do with news media or the major television networks. You really shouldn’t call other people morons when you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

  374. thesageofthestreet says: Oct 4, 2011 10:30 AM

    Hey Briang123, and any of the other conservatives on this site who like to feel soooo aggrieved about the unfairness of Ol Hank being fired for his comments. Here is an answer to your question would it be the same if said about Bush.? No it would be far worse!!! Do you not remember Natalie Maines who said something far less obnoxious. She said & I paraphrase ” we are ashamed Bush is from Texas”. For that aposatasy her music was boycotted, Clear Channel banned her music & Fox News led a 24 hour whinefest about it, which led to death threats against Maines.
    Personally I could care lesswhat some washed up ol drunk has to say but of course he will now be a hero to the right. Who only say shut up and sing when its Liberals talking. Here is the bottom line keep the music out of Football whether its Faith Hill, Ol Hank, or the halftime show at the SB. I don’t need it, care about it, and Ol Hank can now be done with the only thing he was ever known for!!!

  375. mikeheruki says: Oct 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    Hippocrates??? Really??? What did he have to do with this?

  376. wiley16350 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:26 AM

    Honestly, it seems to me that people have taken his comment completely wrong. It was not a comparison, it was an analogy. As others have pointed out. Basically his point was that currently Republicans and Democrats are so opposite that for them to pretend they can work things out over a game of golf is as much of a farce as if Hitler and Netanyahu played a game of golf to work things out. I would think then his enemy comment wasn’t that Obama is the enemy of america but the enemy of Republicans and so Republicans shouldn’t be trying to make nice with him. If he actually meant that Obama is the enemy of America, then he would be way out of line with that comment. He wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler in the sense that Obama is like Hitler. Just that Obama is as much of an enemy to Republicans as Hitler was to the Jews. In the sense that Obama does not care what the Republicans think or what they want to accomplish. Using Hitler was a bad choice because of the emotions that it brings, but his analogy isn’t completely wrong. Republicans and Democrats have become very strong enemies and neither party wants to work with the other.

  377. donz0 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:40 AM

    Get AC/DC to do the intro.

  378. jtw122777 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:49 AM

    Hank Williams JR is an America ICON. He has more right to speak than the disgrace of a Muslims Obama does. Hank Jr said it right

    Obama has destroyed our economy

    And if you dont like Hank Williams you can kiss our Azz

    You will see the biggest beat down in president History when Obama loses in 2012

    Oblame = FAIL

  379. moshulu says: Oct 4, 2011 12:10 PM

    I know you’re reading this, because you’re not posting it, but, your racism is showing just as well by not posting what I write, I’ve read above where some of your white people are openly posing, “I hate all minorities,” one even says’ a comment to Rick Perry’s “N1ggerhead,” and you’ve let those post go through.

    I shouldn’t be surprised, since I’m one who knows for show racism is alive and well in America, it’s just that most white folks don’t have the guts to admit it.

  380. whoknowsnothing says: Oct 4, 2011 1:49 PM

    It’s time for a change, Hank just ruined it for the rest of his family.

    Time to get someone new, get Lil’ Jon, Eminem, Kanye West, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Red Hot Chilipeppers, Linkin Park……just throwing some names in there.

    Hank just needs to get his facts correct and realize that the economy is not this way because of Obama, but its because Bush left it this way.
    Obama just inherited this mess and is trying to clean it up with no help from congress.

  381. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 4, 2011 2:15 PM

    moshulu says: Oct 4, 2011 12:10 PM

    I know you’re reading this, because you’re not posting it, but, your racism is showing just as well by not posting what I write, I’ve read above where some of your white people are openly posing, “I hate all minorities,

    ————————————

    My followup was removed, but I made that minorities comment as a joke because people in here have no understanding of how Freedom of Speech doesn’t apply to the private sector.

    I don’t hate minorities (or anyone else for that matter). I’m actually a very vocal supporter of all civil rights struggles. I was just pointing out that Freedom of Speech doesn’t prevent negative consequences (in my post, downvotes) from the private sector. That was all.

  382. edgerules says: Oct 4, 2011 2:51 PM

    I do not understand why people are having a hard time with this issue. Just because Hank Williams Jr has freedom of speech, does not mean he is free from consequences. The Dixie Chicks suffered the consequences of their use of Free speech, so why shouldn’t Hank Williams, Jr? ESPN, which is owned by DISNEY (80%) has a right as Williams’ “employer” so to speak, to not use his services if they feel his comments go against their corporate culture.

    Besides, no one should compare anyone to Hitler. It was idiotic when people were comparing W. to Hitler, and it is just as idiotic to compare Obama to Hitler.

  383. go9ers says: Oct 4, 2011 4:08 PM

    What is it about network execs which makes them think that country songs are appropriate as intros to football games? This isn’t NASCAR or WWE. Football fans have more than half a brain. Cut the country crap and try some music instead!

  384. 420fan says: Oct 4, 2011 4:21 PM

    the corporate shills at ABC are bought and paid for by the same people that were golfing…..DUH

  385. radrntn says: Oct 4, 2011 7:05 PM

    gotta love all the democrats and republicans pointing the finger at each other, Fact is they are the problem….GO INDEPENDENT!

  386. locutus says: Oct 5, 2011 6:18 AM

    vomitingliberals says: Oct 4, 2011 3:47 AM

    Excellent post. Exactly right, yet it is astonishing how many people have no clue.

  387. locutus says: Oct 5, 2011 6:34 AM

    KeepitReal says: Oct 3, 2011 11:59 PM

    Yeah you tell em Hank! Obama was responsible for the near collapse of the auto, real estate, bank, financial services industry and stock market which without government intervention would led to their bankruptcy and have caused a depression in this country and the world. This president was also responsible for the invasion of Iraq looking for non existent WMD. I can see why you’re not a fan, Hank! lol

    I can see you trying to “keep it real” and all, however you are doing a miserable job of keeping it accurate. First, blaming Bush worked for only so long and only because thin skinned Obama could not muster enough courage to say the buck stopped with him.

    I’m pretty sure he knew how bad things were when he ran for president so to continually blame your predecessor is weak and spineless. He was elected to correct the problem, not to remind everyone at every turn it was “not his fault”. Pathetic does not even begin to describe him.

    Finally, he has made the problem WORSE. So how do you square that circle, Real Keeper?

  388. locutus says: Oct 5, 2011 6:41 AM

    Deb says: Oct 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    You’re right, it’s not the same. ESPN was offended by Hank’s comments and chose not to air his music for a night. That won’t hurt his bottom line. Radio stations nationwide were offended by Natalie Maines’s comments and chose not to air her music forever. They also orchestrated CD burnings. They colluded to deny the women their livelihood.

    And none of this has anything to do with news media or the major television networks. You really shouldn’t call other people morons when you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

    This is incorrect in spirit. The “media” rallied support around the Dixie Chicks. It is unfortunate for them that they did not know their fan base, which happened to be Bush supporters, which included many of the radio stations that play their music. This case with Williams, the “media”, though not extremely vocal, would fall on the side of crucifying him. Let’s not kid ourselves.

    It has nothing to do with the duration of the punishment as I am sure the Chicks’ music is being played once again. It is the principle and the hypocrisy of the media that is at the heart of the matter.

  389. bealeman says: Oct 5, 2011 9:44 AM

    Wow, real discourse for a change. Now, go to work and read up on history…a lot. After that, let’s come back here and talk football. God Bless America, the Republic.

  390. orakpownd says: Oct 5, 2011 1:11 PM

    Look at all these Republicans and Democrats yelling at eachother. I for one am a libertarian….but…lets fix it…..President from one party…matched up with a VP from the other party…….fireworks.

  391. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 3:47 PM

    We HAVE to get this thread to 400 comments!!! It is the MOST important thing here… I’m gonna take us to the finish line…

  392. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 3:56 PM

    HERE WE GO!!!

  393. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 4:00 PM

    Must reach 400…

  394. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 4:33 PM

    Almost there…

  395. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 4:37 PM

    Kaw-liga was a lonely Indian, never went nowhere.
    His heart was set on the Indian maid with the coal black hair….

  396. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 4:39 PM

    And then one day a wealthy customer bought the Indian maid,
    And took her, oh, so far away, but ol’ Kaw-liga stayed.

  397. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 11:04 PM

    locutus says:

    The “media” rallied support around the Dixie Chicks. … This case with Williams, the “media”, though not extremely vocal, would fall on the side of crucifying him. It has nothing to do with the duration of the punishment as I am sure the Chicks’ music is being played once again. It is the principle and the hypocrisy of the media that is at the heart of the matter.
    ————————————————
    How exactly do you define the “media”? The radio stations that banned the Dixie Chicks are part of the “media.” I often listen to country radio and haven’t heard their music in years, so I’m glad you’re “sure” their music is being played again. Oh, so even though they’re not being extremely vocal, you know the “media” would fall on the side of crucifying Williams? How omniscient of you! The “media”–Fox News–were the ones who gave him the forum in the first place.

    I believe when you speak of the “media,” you really mean any commentator who voices an opinion opposite to yours. So the only thing disingenuous in spirit here is you calling out the “media” for hypocrisy.

  398. moochzilla says: Oct 6, 2011 9:32 AM

    And it wasn’t a few stations in Waco TX. It was the network of ClearChannel stations nation-wide. Which is something like half of all stations.

  399. ferraridriver says: Oct 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    Message for Hank Williams:

    It will do you no good to apologize to Hitler, he’s dead.

  400. johnnycamparm says: Oct 6, 2011 12:07 PM

    400!!!

  401. broncobillie says: Oct 6, 2011 1:50 PM

    OK, we’re over 400. Now we can all go back to sleep.

  402. pigeonpea says: Oct 8, 2011 11:25 PM

    Slim Charles says:
    Gee, I wonder if the people who will be crying “free speech” at this also supported Mendenhall when his sponsors dropped him after the 9/11 comments. It’ll be interesting to see how many hypocrites we have.

    Stupid comparison. Mendenhall didn’t get dropped for his comments, dumbass.

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