ESPN benches Hank Williams Jr. for Obama-Hitler comparison

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.

402 responses to “ESPN benches Hank Williams Jr. for Obama-Hitler comparison

  1. 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…

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

    Derka derrrrr

  17. ‘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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…….

  21. 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!!

  22. 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..

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. Are you ready for some ignorant racism??!!

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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 🙄 ) Why would ESPN take him seriously enough to pull his game intro? He’s entitled to make a boob of himself if he wants.

  35. 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

  36. “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.

  37. 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.

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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).

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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…

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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!

  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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”.

  76. 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??

  77. 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.

  78. 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?

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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.

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

  83. 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.

  84. 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.”

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. 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 !

  88. 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.

  89. 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.)

  90. 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.

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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

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

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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!

  99. 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!

  100. 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!

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

    Link showing Obama putting Americans into concentration camps.?

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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?

  105. 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.

  106. 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.

  107. 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.

  108. 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?

  109. 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.

  110. @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.

  111. 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”?

  112. 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….

  113. 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.

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

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

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

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

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    add Jerry Rice also

  119. 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!

  120. 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!”

  121. 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. 🙂

  122. 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.

  123. 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!

  124. 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

  125. 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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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.

  128. 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!

  129. 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.

  130. 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”

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

  132. 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!

  133. 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.

  134. 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

  135. …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?

  136. 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.”

  137. 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.

  138. 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?

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

  140. 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.

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

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

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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…..

  149. 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 !!

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. 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.

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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.

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. 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.

  162. 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.

  163. 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?

  164. “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!

  165. 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.

  166. 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.

  167. 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?

  168. 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?

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

  170. 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…

  171. 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

  172. 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.

  173. 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.

  174. 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!

  175. 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.

  176. 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.

  177. 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.
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    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.

  178. 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”.

  179. “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.

  180. 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

  181. 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”?

  182. 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.

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

  184. 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).

  185. 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.

  186. 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.

  187. 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.

  188. 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.

  189. 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.

  190. 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!!!

  191. 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)

  192. 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!!

  193. 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?

  194. 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.

  195. 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.

  196. 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.

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

  198. 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.

  199. 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.

  200. 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!

  201. 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.

  202. 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.”

  203. 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.

  204. 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”

  205. 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).

  206. 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!!!!

  207. 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.

  208. 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.

  209. “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.

  210. 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.

  211. 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…

  212. 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.

  213. 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.

  214. Any comment starting with citing the Huffington Post, immediately loses ALL credibility. There’s never been a more biased, nationally published news source…

  215. 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!?

  216. 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?

  217. 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.

  218. 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.

  219. 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.

  220. 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!

  221. 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.

  222. 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.

  223. 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.

  224. 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.

  225. 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.

  226. @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.

  227. 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!

  228. 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.

  229. Don’t touch the third rail Hank… Oops, he did. Guess Hank doesn’t know anything about how things work around here..

  230. 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

  231. 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!

  232. 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?

  233. 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.

  234. 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.

  235. 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?

  236. 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?

  237. 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.

  238. 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.

  239. 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!!!

  240. 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.

  241. 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

  242. 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.

  243. 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.

  244. 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.

  245. 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.

  246. 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!

  247. gotta love all the democrats and republicans pointing the finger at each other, Fact is they are the problem….GO INDEPENDENT!

  248. vomitingliberals says: Oct 4, 2011 3:47 AM

    Excellent post. Exactly right, yet it is astonishing how many people have no clue.

  249. 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?

  250. 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.

  251. 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.

  252. 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.

  253. 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.
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    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.

  254. 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.

  255. 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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