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So when will Hank Williams, Jr. be ready for some football again?

Hank Williams Jr. AP

The item regarding ESPN’s decision to bench Hank Williams, Jr. from the long-time opening segment of Monday Night Football has generated a huge number of comments from PFT Planet.

And so, even though I don’t really care whether Hank Williams, Jr. or Hank Hill or Jonah Hill ask me if I’m ready for some football, it’s now a situation that bears watching.

I originally had assumed that it was a one-game thing.  But I’ve done a little homework (for a change), and I’ve learned that it may not be.  Thus, that’s the next development in this story:  When, and if, Hank will be back.

Meanwhile, it’s a little confusing that ESPN would move so quickly to bench Bocephus, given that ESPN (which is owned by Disney) continued to keep him around after his notorious “I’m Hank Williams, Jr. bitch” incident in Memphis.  Though what he said Monday was cartoonishly over the top, what he allegedly did in March 2006 (he was accused of grabbing a woman’s neck from behind and choking her) should be regarded as far more troubling.

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194 Responses to “So when will Hank Williams, Jr. be ready for some football again?”
  1. comeonnowguys says: Oct 4, 2011 9:46 AM

    Really, really wish some combination of Tirico, Jaws or Gruden had said that instead.

    They offend me for four hours a week.

    At most, Hank III’s dad would offend me for two minutes. IF I caught the intro.

    Still, it’s a dumb thing to say, from a still-would-like-to-draw-a-paycheck standpoint.

  2. wawa33 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:47 AM

    If this was said about President Bush, Hank Jr. would be held up as a hero. The liberal media is hypocritical once again.

  3. dgforreal says: Oct 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    I assumed this was a deal breaker and we’ll never see the guy again on MNF. Not sure if pulling the intro for one week sends the proper message.

  4. medtxpack says: Oct 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    ESPN got shaky and pulled it when they didnt need to. If they wouldnt have brought it up, no one civil would have noticed what he said or cared. Remember this a guy who fell off a mountain and had his brain exposed for almost 18 hours….

    ESPN is a bunch of freedom haters…

  5. panthers34 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    Listening to the comments it looks like Williams’ point was polar opposites being together. Not really saying Obama is Hitler. Better comparision would have been Ravens and Browns fans playing golf together.

  6. ronworthdubbs says: Oct 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    Well maybe it was 3 strikes and you’re out.

    According to Hank Williams’ Math…

    Choking a woman + Insane remarks = 3 Strikes!!!

  7. calloustongue says: Oct 4, 2011 9:48 AM

    Pay a local band from the city the game is being played in each Monday to play the intro. Or have bands submit videos to NFL.com or somewhere and have the fans choose.

    Stimulate the local economy, boost business at a local bar where they are playing, and give that production money to some people that need it. I could respect the NFL a lot more if it would re-invest in it’s fans rather than these recycled already rich music “stars.”

    Sick of that song anyways, time for something new.

  8. jammer88 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:49 AM

    what’s the big deal? I thought we have freedom of speech in this country, no?

  9. packattack1967 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:50 AM

    The liberal media knows no boundaries. I heard and read Bush bashing for 8 years on that network. The American people are wising up thankfully. Personally I avoid ESPN like the plague.

  10. leeroyski says: Oct 4, 2011 9:51 AM

    Blocephus is a douche. Ask his Montana neighbors what they think of him…

  11. grumblenflgrumble says: Oct 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    He downplayed the atrocity of what hitler was to a mere political viewpoint. Hitler should never be downplayed. It’s insulting, in the least, to humanity.

    Keep him fired.

  12. carolina1cam says: Oct 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    I don’t condone choking women but…. That’s pretty funny.

  13. southpaw2k says: Oct 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    I had wondered if dropping the theme song was a one-game thing. The way SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown had presented it last night made things sound like it was only for last night, and not indefinitely. Guess Monday Night Football won’t have a theme song anymore now.

  14. brownsfn says: Oct 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    Nope…talking about Obama is way worse…say one bad thing about the guy and you are labeled a racist…*eyesroll*…

  15. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    Nobody gives a crap about Hank Williams Jr. If they stopped playing the song and didn’t tell anyone, the majority of people wouldn’t even notice! As long as there is football who cares about a song.

  16. andyr2120 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:52 AM

    His theme songs sucks and needed to be changed even before he revealed that he was a moron! This just gives ESPN an excuse for bringing in someone with more talent, such as a reunion of Milli Vanilli or possibly a Liberace cover band. They would both be more appropriate than this twerp.

  17. jw731 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:53 AM

    Seriously…..Does anyone really truly care….And if so……..why?

  18. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Oct 4, 2011 9:54 AM

    Bochephus lives! Do you really think he cares what anyone thinks of him or his comments? This country legend has made so much money in his career he doesn’t need to answer to anyone, and he’ll shoot some Beechnut in your eye and shoot you with his ‘ol .45

    Disney panicked, no surprise there. Hank should tell ESPN to kick rocks and go on about his day.

  19. gpete1962 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:54 AM

    I guess freedom of speech is only for those who can suppress the other side better.

    just like Hitler and the Nazi’s did !!

  20. flavordave says: Oct 4, 2011 9:55 AM

    Is everyone OK with how overly politically correct we all are nowadays? And while Im on it, why exactly is it “politically correct” when politics are all incorrect?

  21. thetruthinyourface says: Oct 4, 2011 9:55 AM

    @Talkmaster check out this website for a list of Bush=Hitler stuff from ALL OVER semiskimmed.net/bushhitler.html

  22. humbleminded85 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:55 AM

    Is it just me or does that pose make it look like this pic is missing a rainbow flag in the background?

  23. orakpownd says: Oct 4, 2011 9:56 AM

    Honestly…I dont think Hank gives a Sh*&.

  24. kwgator says: Oct 4, 2011 9:57 AM

    Hopefully NEVER and take Faith Hill with you!!

  25. kendiesel says: Oct 4, 2011 9:57 AM

    Are you guys going to delete pro-Williams comments like ESPN is doing?

  26. knucklebucket says: Oct 4, 2011 9:57 AM

    What a moron. You had such an easy gig and blew it all due to your perception of being untouchable. Although your statement did not directly compare Obama to Hitler, it was close enough. Although I don’t agree with your idiotic comments, you should have known that with the pussification of america in full swing, that they would warrant a reaction.

  27. mikeheruki says: Oct 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    Leave it to Fox to ask an inbred moron about the presidential race. Stupid is as stupid does. This is just too funny.

  28. stanmackley says: Oct 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    im not ready until Hank asks me.

  29. greenbay4ever says: Oct 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    This hick is a joke. Who cares about his political views. Just STFU and sing country songs you scarfaced bearded freak. Replace him……. the opening sucks anyway.

  30. polegojim says: Oct 4, 2011 9:58 AM

    All I know, is that MNF is better with him. He adds a strong ET factor that I missed last night.

    Players typically get a one game suspension for an illegal hit that puts someones health and career at risk… so what is a reasonable punishment for an inappropriate comment?

    I’m feeling like some seroius ‘overworking’ of the situation is coming up.

  31. 8drinkminimum says: Oct 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    Don’t think for a second that a call from the White House to ESPN won’t be made.

    These guys are pretty vindictive. Any objective observer living in Illinois would tell you that.

  32. wmthomas3 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:59 AM

    I don’t think Obama is Hitler but I don’t think Hanks comments were that bad. Everybody is frustrated with Obama. He was just venting. I heard scores of people call Bush Hitler. Let it go ESPN, don’t alienate yourself.

  33. mvp43 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:01 AM

    I’m sure if he made a statement about GW Bush, nothing would’ve been said.

  34. wyldsoul says: Oct 4, 2011 10:01 AM

    While the song is nostalgic and conjures memories of late night Eagles-Dallas matchups from my childhood, this guy is obviously a megaladouche.
    If the NFL has the rights, maybe they could just have someone else sing it.

  35. suhnum1fan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:01 AM

    This bum (Hankkk) should have been canned long time ago. Good job ESPN.

  36. godofware says: Oct 4, 2011 10:02 AM

    “I don’t really care whether Hank Williams, Jr. or Hank Hill or Jonah Hill ask me if I’m ready for some football”
    ________________________________

    My sentiments exactly

  37. sj39 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:02 AM

    I saw the whole segment and watched it plenty of times. Trying to say that Jr. was comparing Obama to Hitler is about the most stupid thing I’ve heard. PC police ‘eff off will ya? Best football intro – ever.

  38. wetdentist says: Oct 4, 2011 10:02 AM

    hopefully never! and if you had seen him on “Fox & Friends” you would think that he knows something is up for 2012 election day. even Fox News knew that Glenn Beck became too toxic for TV/generating ad revenues . . . so hopefully ESPN will realize that the same type of rhetoric spewed from some boozebag hillbilly will be seen as too toxic as well

  39. La Milicia Negra says: Oct 4, 2011 10:03 AM

    I hope he never will return!

  40. richm2256 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:04 AM

    I never really cared for the guy, or the theme song, which has clearly run it’s course.

    Ditch the song once and for all, and get rid of this idiot.

    Faith Hill proved it could be done.

  41. prior0knowledge says: Oct 4, 2011 10:05 AM

    Hank Williams, Jr’s misdeed was NOT his criticism of Obama, but that he minimized the horror of Hitler.

  42. abp3377 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:07 AM

    This is supposed to be a country that supports freedom of speech. You can agree or disagree with his views on things. I don’t see any need for him to be punished for any comments that he said.

  43. suhnum1fan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:08 AM

    Frustrated at Obama? I don’t think the results would be any different with another candidate in office. This country was in a shet hole before Obama got in office. In fact, I believe the results would be worst.

  44. djteknision1200 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:08 AM

    This has nothing to do with freedom of speech..no one stopped Ole Hank from saying what he wanted, but he now has to deal with the consequences of his statement. If ESPN does not want to do business with a man that compares the President to a man that murdered millions of people, then that’s their right.

  45. expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:09 AM

    I’m not sure what’s more depressing.
    1) People who clearly don’t have any understanding what “freedom of speech” means.
    2) People who think there’s a parallel between this and some bad sign at a lefty protest under W.
    3) The song. Good riddance.

  46. tomthebombtracy says: Oct 4, 2011 10:09 AM

    Hank has sung the last bars of “Are You Ready For Some Football?” for ESPN!

    Anyone who has been around him would have lost heavy on an over and under bet for how long he’d be doing this anyway. 20 years is like Keith Richard still being alive.

    Hank is one of the wealthiest people in live entertainment….he controls all his daddy’s music rights and he’s made a ton of money on his own. I know from personal experience he doesn’t care about losing the income. And with a super charged politcal 14 months coming up, no one will shut him up and I think he walks on his own.

    Getting old anyway. Time for Green Day, Pearl Jam or Prince. Change it up every week and make it a surprise.

  47. gallopingghost says: Oct 4, 2011 10:10 AM

    Why don’t people realize this guy is awful? We mute the television or change the channel when that God awful crap comes on. I get the nostalgia but there’s a lot of things in the 80’s that we don’t do anymore FOR A REASON.

    I don’t know how this guy outlasted sudden death OT, but good riddance. Rhyming “touchdown” and “hometown” is even less creative the 600th time.

    Hopefully they don’t try to replace it with more lame musical assault on decency like they did for Sunday Night Football. We want to watch football, not broadway.

  48. descendency says: Oct 4, 2011 10:10 AM

    +1 for Faith Hill.

  49. 3octaveFart says: Oct 4, 2011 10:10 AM

    Just another low-information, brain-dead redneck.
    (..but why doesn’t he have a mullet?)

  50. expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    I’m sure if he made a statement about GW Bush, nothing would’ve been said.
    ==============================
    I’m pretty sure you can’t find a single example of a spokesperson for a major media conglomerate saying that about Bush and keeping his/her job.

  51. jahbird says: Oct 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    Why people are up in arms about not having to watch a grizzled bumpkin sing before football is beyond me. Get somebody in there easy on the eyes or even get someone who is–you know–relevant.

  52. spungy says: Oct 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    I am all for Hank Hill doing the intro.

  53. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    It’s definitely an overreaction by a bunch of hypersensitive suits. The thing is though the intro’s been dated for several years and should’ve been dumped a long time ago.

  54. mikeheruki says: Oct 4, 2011 10:12 AM

    Could be made into a PSA about what alcohol abuse can do to your brain.

  55. 3octaveFart says: Oct 4, 2011 10:14 AM

    People always point fingers and talk about “class warfare” in this country, and don’t even realize that’s the entire point of our current political process.
    Keep us fighting amongst ourselves, while believing your vote makes a difference.
    It doesn’t.
    Our government is owned by the bankers and corporations. IOW, we’ve become a Fascist state.

  56. fissels says: Oct 4, 2011 10:15 AM

    I think its time for Hank Jr. to move along anyway. The song and the intro are old hat. Get someone fresh and new.

  57. mastodonry says: Oct 4, 2011 10:15 AM

    Do you guys remember when David Letterman got suspended for showing a picture of President Bush in cross hairs?

    Fact is, there is a double standard from the media. Say what you want about a Republican, then just offer some half assed apology and it is all good.

    This is a country where it is not okay to question Obama and we go on crusades against bullying….unless that bullying is against Bristol Palin.

  58. rtomas1 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:16 AM

    This is absolutely rediculous. Let the man say what he wants to say.

    What ever happen to freedom of speach?

    They’re deciding to punish the man because he expressed how he felt about something?

    Stupid libs..

    Give me a break…

  59. glennfs says: Oct 4, 2011 10:16 AM

    Those of you who are making this a freedom of speech issue obviously don’t have a great grasp on the concept.

    For one, ESPN is a private corporation, not the Gov’t. They’re allowed to punish whoever they want for saying anything or nothing. The 1st amendment protects the people from the gov’t, not people from their employers.

    For two, it can be an exercise of ESPN’s freedom of speech to sack a guy for saying something they disagree with – or more accurately, will distract from their product and make their brand look bad. That’s called a business decision.

    Lastly, freedom of speech in any context does not mean you can say whatever you want without consequence. Yes, you can say what you want and not be sent to jail for it (as is the case in other countries), but if you say something stupid, you must be a man and accept the consequences as well.

  60. panthers34 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:18 AM

    I sense a pre-game rap intro coming…..

  61. barneyrumble says: Oct 4, 2011 10:18 AM

    wawa33 says:
    Oct 4, 2011 9:47 AM
    If this was said about President Bush, Hank Jr. would be held up as a hero. The liberal media is hypocritical once again.

    ——

    Uh Remember the Dixie Chicks? Said they were embarrassed to be from the same state as Bush and they werebanned from air play. Just sayin..

  62. winkeroni says: Oct 4, 2011 10:19 AM

    Singer/song writers do offensive things all the time. Billy Joel can’t get behind the wheel without driving into someone’s house. Madonna is doing the Superbowl half time show and she’s offensive to the eyes. There isn’t going to be a singer/song writer that isn’t offensive. Even the Dixie Chicks have offended! If the song is old then cut ties if not keep the song. It’s really not news that a singer/song writer is offending people.

  63. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:19 AM

    Pretty clear breakdown among opinion here…

    1) Senior level people in corporate America, and people who run their own businesses…SUPPORT ESPN.

    2) Bitter, resentful clock-punching monkeys with no responsibilities for running a business…SUPPORT HANK.

    When you run a multimedia global empire, you can make decisions you feel you need to. And that’s that. To argue otherwise is un-American and anti-Capitalist.

  64. smoothjimmyapollo says: Oct 4, 2011 10:19 AM

    “I guess freedom of speech is only for those who can suppress the other side better.

    just like Hitler and the Nazi’s did !!”

    Freedom of speech refers to the government suppressing one’s speech. If somebody pays you money to do something, and you say something that reflects poorly on the company, that company can choose to stop paying you. Otherwise, everyone would talk crap to their bosses under the protection of the first amendment.

    Regarding the subject itself, I don’t think anybody tunes in to MNF for Hank Williams Jr, and I don’t think anybody is going to stop watching it because of him. That alone tells you to stop paying the man because he adds nothing to the program.

  65. tinopuno says: Oct 4, 2011 10:20 AM

    Williams is a drunk and a moron. His intro should be canned because it sucks.

  66. jessieboom says: Oct 4, 2011 10:20 AM

    Dont really care about his political views one way or the other…but the way he said really made him look like a butthole.

  67. phinfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:20 AM

    Just call carrie underwood, id rather see her shank her thang on sunday nights ;)

  68. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:21 AM

    glenn,

    These are “free market” “capitalists” who hate “big government” and “regulation”.

    But they like Hank and hate Obama, so they’ll toss all their phony beliefs aside and deny a business the right to direct their own operations as they see fit.

    Because they’re children. They have no belief system. It’s 10% resentment and bitterness that they are where they are in life.

  69. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    90% stupidity.

    But they make me laugh when they call people “Hippocrates”.

  70. brwmstr says: Oct 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    all these people saying that if it had been a knock on Bush this would not be a big deal are just wrong (and stupid). Look what happened to the Dixie Chicks when they used the stage to criticize Bush….they were booed off the stage and where is their career now???? Gone. And they didn’t sink low enough to compare Bush to Hitler

  71. cdngatorfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    I’ve got an idea….Let’s give Faith Hill the gig for MNF as well as her present Sunday night gig.

    She’s easier to look at.

  72. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    “I’m sure if he made a statement about GW Bush, nothing would’ve been said.”

    Helen Thomas
    Dixie Chicks
    Bill Maher after 9/11

    Other than those ones off the top of my head…

    Seriously, get a job.

  73. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    ESPN would never have said a thing about it if it was George W Bush instead of Barack. All of us know that. That’s the sticking point here. Dumb thing for Williams to say? Absolutely, positively, no doubt about it.
    But the double standard on the part of the media, including the sports media, is what irks most people who are upset about the “Suspension”……..

  74. descendency says: Oct 4, 2011 10:25 AM

    Just a general FYI to the comments above:

    ‘Free’ speech is only provided by the government (ask yourself why there has to be a ‘law’ making it ‘free’), not ESPN. ESPN can fire you for saying that you like Strawberry Ice-cream as long as they implement that as a uniform company policy (well, that may be extreme, but you get the idea).

    You don’t say “Hitler” at all on TV (unless you are a cartoon or satire – then it’s totally funny). If you do, you had better be someone who only gets on wacko TV programs who’s base already believes what you are saying. (IE Fox News, Obama = Hitler or MSNBC, Bush = Hitler)

    Bush was compared to Hitler, but not by anyone that mattered. It was either far left reporters or idiot bloggers and random protesters.

    Finally, this is almost as bad as saying “The Patriots expected to go into Buffalo like [Hurricane] Katrina went into New Orleans.” Yeah, it’s totally understandable what is meant, but there are a large number of people who won’t be able to see the forest since they had too many of the trees blown on their house.

  75. gorms3308 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:26 AM

    They should get Pacman to do the intro to brighten up their image

  76. 4t9er says: Oct 4, 2011 10:28 AM

    I’m just glad that this annoying song will not play before a game.

  77. markm114 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:28 AM

    I’m pretty sure you can’t find a single example of a spokesperson for a major media conglomerate saying that about Bush and keeping his/her job.

    Ummm..Keith Olbermann did football highlights on NBC for 2 years on Sunday nights and spent Monday-Friday comparing Bush to Hitler, Stalin, etc..

    ESPN is run by a liberal ideologue (John Walsh) so this is not surprising

  78. armchairqb says: Oct 4, 2011 10:28 AM

    Anyone else tired of this story already?

  79. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:28 AM

    Here’s another point for you clock-punching monkeys to consider…

    Half the bands in the world WOULD PAY ESPN for that gig. It’s a global platform for their music, any performer would kill to get the spot before MNF.

    So why would I, as a businessman, PAY some guy who shows up on TV drunk off his ass and references Hitler?

    Why? When he adds NOTHING to the broadcast in terms of ratings or ad dollars?

    Hank was an EXPENSE, who generated NO ADDITIONAL REVENUE. He was a parasite. And now that he’s destroyed his brand and stands to damage yours…why wouldn’t the correct business decision be to fire him?

    C’mon, all you great business minds. I’m waiting.

  80. toddm6d says: Oct 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    Barack Obama’s campaign received more than any other from Disney in 2008, nearly a quarter of a million dollars

    So there you have it.

    oh and by the way…

    Kenny Mayne
    tweeted
    Quote:
    almost rammed car with palin bumper sticker. with intent.. held up..coulda been kids in car.

    And yet he’s still employed and on the air.

    Gee wonder what’s up with that?

  81. jigwig13 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:29 AM

    Seen part of this interview the man seems ignorant even the ppl who was interviewing him was shocked by his words…I’m one who does really like to say ppl should lose their job but I don’t think he deserves the intro..good call espn

  82. purpleman527 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:30 AM

    wawa33 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:47 AM

    If this was said about President Bush, Hank Jr. would be held up as a hero. The liberal media is hypocritical once again.
    ——————————————–

    Here is where you are wrong. “If this was said about President Bush…..”

    Not if. Bush was called hitler by many hollywood stars, by members of congress and a college professor.
    There was a book PUBLISHED on how to assassinate Bush.

  83. jigwig13 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:30 AM

    I meant doesn’t really

  84. frankgarrett says: Oct 4, 2011 10:31 AM

    people who are under the age of 16 that come to this site are brainwashed by Liberal parents and the shows they watch .. They see hank williams jr as a old guy dissing Obama and they freak out . Not knowing what Obama and the liberals have done to this country

  85. expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:32 AM

    This is a country where it is not okay to question Obama and we go on crusades against bullying….unless that bullying is against Bristol Palin.
    ================================
    We bully celebrities all the time in this country. I don’t follow that sort of thing, but the checkout line at the supermarket is a celebrity bullying industry. Bristol’s been on 3 separate tv shows by her own choosing, she qualifies as a celebrity.

  86. iflounder says: Oct 4, 2011 10:33 AM

    i’m not sure how much it has to do with politics, i’m sure that plays a tiny percentage into things, but chances are at least one person high up at disney/espn is jewish, and they don’t take it in stride when you mention hitler. i’m sure that’s a much bigger issue to the people signing the checks than someone’s politics. walt isn’t running disney anymore, it’s no longer an anti-semitic company.

  87. mpnieland says: Oct 4, 2011 10:34 AM

    @glennfs: Well stated, couldn’t agree more.

    HW jr. has the right to say it, but not the right to be immune from the consequences of saying it.

    Anyone saying that this would have been no big deal had he said it about Bush is completely off base. Fox News would have been all over that story for a week.

    He could have easily made his point about being more polarized than ever WITHOUT bringing up Hitler. When has that EVER worked?

  88. steamrod says: Oct 4, 2011 10:35 AM

    I just watched the clip on youtube. The guy is barely coherent throughout the interview. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was fired anyway for being drunk and/or high at 7 AM on live TV

  89. thesageofthestreet says: Oct 4, 2011 10:36 AM

    For all the 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!!!

  90. scudbot says: Oct 4, 2011 10:36 AM

    As long as we’re purging football of unseemly people and things, 1) why did the NFL hire Madonna for XLVI halftime? 2) Can’t we make that goddamned Fox robot go away? I have bad associations with it. 3) I can’t stand the MNF crew. The windows in their booth steam up from Jaws’ inappropriate and passionate outbursts of lustful ecstacy. And 4) I’m personally offended when a sideline reporter tells me that the coach said there’s going to be a second half.

  91. starderup says: Oct 4, 2011 10:37 AM

    So how did the wingnutjobs get Bush and Obama in here?
    Back on subject, a girl I used to know met Jr. personally, and said he was a real jerk.
    I think his daddy would not be so proud.

  92. expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:37 AM

    Here is where you are wrong. “If this was said about President Bush…..”

    Not if. Bush was called hitler by many hollywood stars, by members of congress and a college professor.
    There was a book PUBLISHED on how to assassinate Bush.
    ===========================
    Purple, you need to avoid the purple drank. First off, any Hitler comparison is way off the mark. Hollywood stars are independent contractors, so their speech can certainly affect things. The Dixie Chicks lost a ton of business because of their anti-war/anti-Bush stance. Michael Moore was booed at the Oscars. Voters have a chance to oust the congressman, and so it goes. The point is, none of these examples are actually examples of speaking without consequences. It’s actually really really hard to speak without consequences.

  93. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:39 AM

    The library computers of middle America must be packed full of jobless Tea Baggers looking to wallow in their own victimhood today.

    Hilarious. Maybe Aunt Esther can come and fix all this up for you guys. For a small fee, of course.

  94. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 4, 2011 10:40 AM

    The MNF opening might have been OK 20 years ago when Hank Jr was 100 ponds less and it seemed fresh.

    The whole thing now is boring, repetitive, and due for an overhaul anyway. Getting rid of this no talent loser is long overdue.

  95. dfeltz says: Oct 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Can anyone name me another Hank Williams song? Didn’t think so, this clown is a moron who thinks he is bigger than what he is.

  96. esposito35 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    Thats right hit Hank Jr in the pocket book for one week….that fix him:)

  97. NFLJunkie says: Oct 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    I love all the comments about how he didn’t do anything wrong because he was just making an analogy about polar opposites and not calling anyone Hitler.

    Sure. Because when I want to make that polar opposites analogy, I always make sure to go to the Hitler/Jewish leader place, with the sitting President in the role of Hitler. Then I make sure to explain why I chose that analogy by clarifying that the President is the enemy, and a Stooge. Because that will help make it clear I didn’t really mean anything by the whole Hitler thing, and it was just the first analogy about polar opposites that popped into my head and I just went with it.

    Jr. is perfectly free to say anything he wants about Obama, of course (short of death threats, which tend to make the Secret Service kind of cranky). If he wants to use that freedom of speech to put his standing as a spokesman of sorts for a multi-billion dollar enterprise at risk by not having a functioning filter between his brain and his mouth when making a national TV appearance, that’s his prerogative.

  98. jaltreality says: Oct 4, 2011 10:42 AM

    I disagree with Williams’ comments, but found them closer to idiotic than offensive. What is truly offensive is that terrible song. It’s horrendous. So whatever it took to get it off my TV, the better.

  99. esposito35 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    Hey Phinfan did you mean to say have Carrie Underwood Skank her Thang?

  100. obithejedi says: Oct 4, 2011 10:44 AM

    Mr. Williams’ first amendment right to free speech has not been infringed upon. Disney Corporation can chose to do whatever it likes with its production of Monday Night Football (as long as it does not violate the terms of the contract it holds with the NFL). If Disney believes Mr. Williams’ comments will put the company in a bad light or create controversey they have every right to remove the song from the broadcast. While the government is forbidden from taking action against Mr. Williams for his comments, that does not mean there aren’t consequences for the things he says.

  101. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 10:45 AM

    On second thought…

    Maybe we shouldn’t have Palin involved with ESPN. Who knows, Glen Rice may be in Bristol that day and she’d jump him again.

  102. vadog says: Oct 4, 2011 10:46 AM

    People need to go back to school and learn what the laws concerning freedom of speech really say! Yes, Williams can say anything he wants to say about the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, etc…and those entities cannot punish him because of it.

    However, if it embarrasses his employers they can fire his butt. Free speech does not include a freedom from consequences in the market place clause.

  103. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 4, 2011 10:47 AM

    “Why? When he adds NOTHING to the broadcast in terms of ratings or ad dollars?

    Hank was an EXPENSE, who generated NO ADDITIONAL REVENUE. He was a parasite. And now that he’s destroyed his brand and stands to damage yours…why wouldn’t the correct business decision be to fire him?”

    I’m actually in favor of getting rid of the song for something fresher mooch but on this you are dead wrong.

    This is one of, if not THE, most recognizable theme songs of anything on television and an advertising bonanza.

    IF they fire him they won’t do it lightly.

  104. harleyd72 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:48 AM

    The man was making an analogy not calling the president Hitler. Calm down people, it’s not that big a deal.

  105. johnsticle says: Oct 4, 2011 10:51 AM

    Gotta protect the liberal star child that is Obama.

    In all seriousness… Hitler is not a bad word. It’s a name. And if anyone is offended by it… you need to get your pampers changed, have your mom make you a new bottle and take a nap. Get over it. We republicans took trash like that for eight years for Bush. You think there was any punishments for anyone who called Bush; Hitler or racist? Nope. Just good ‘ol liberal news protecting their golden boy.

    If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you’re not a racist. Vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you’re not an idiot.

  106. gpete1962 says: Oct 4, 2011 10:55 AM

    brwmstr says: Oct 4, 2011 10:22 AM

    all these people saying that if it had been a knock on Bush this would not be a big deal are just wrong (and stupid). Look what happened to the Dixie Chicks when they used the stage to criticize Bush….they were booed off the stage and where is their career now???? Gone. And they didn’t sink low enough to compare Bush to Hitler
    ======================================

    That’s because they alienated their own fan base.

    Duhhhhh !!!!

  107. mumakata says: Oct 4, 2011 10:57 AM

    Strange country we live in, where criticism of a President who has absolute contempt for this nation and 50% of its inhabitants will get you fired from your job. Chilling, when you think about it.

  108. tomthebombtracy says: Oct 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    Apologize if this has been mentioned in this long blog today.

    Ironically, the next MNF game is Obama’s beloved Bears at Green Bay.

    Hank can sing a personal apology…or maybe sport a Hitler mustache.

  109. mumakata says: Oct 4, 2011 10:59 AM

    kendiesel says: Oct 4, 2011 9:57 AM

    Are you guys going to delete pro-Williams comments like ESPN is doing?

    ————————————–

    They are.

  110. canteatgreens says: Oct 4, 2011 11:00 AM

    Apparently it needs saying again, since 95% of PFT doesn’t understand what Freedom of Speech provides.

    In another country with a dictator, saying such a thing could lead to prison or death. In America, nothing can lawfully happen to you.
    The above has absolutely nothing to do with protection from your employer or anything else within your day to day life.

    If this is something you can’t understand, regardless of the silliness of this scenario, you shouldn’t comment on it and yet again prove how stupid most Americans are.

    You simply do not know your own rights, and probably couldn’t pass the test to become an American citizen if you were not a natural citizen. And yes, there is a test, because you probably didn’t know that either, dumb-asses.

  111. dneav says: Oct 4, 2011 11:01 AM

    Monday Football Suspends Hank Williams…they may also want to Suspend the Genuis who picked the Monday Night Schedule..In the next 10 weeks we get to see,MIAMI, KANSAS CITY, MINNESOTA, JACKSONVILLE, ST LOUIS and SEATTLE who have a combined record of 2 WINS – 24 LOSSES …..Throw in the EAGLEs and the Record JUMPS to 3- 28…ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL????

  112. expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    This is one of, if not THE, most recognizable theme songs of anything on television and an advertising bonanza.

    IF they fire him they won’t do it lightly.
    =================================
    Yeah, but people don’t watch MNF because of the intro. The show survived Dennis Miller in the booth, it can survive a new intro.

  113. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 11:02 AM

    “This is one of, if not THE, most recognizable theme songs of anything on television and an advertising bonanza.”

    Who tunes in just for the song? Please. Stop it.

  114. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 11:07 AM

    “The man was making an analogy not calling the president Hitler. Calm down people, it’s not that big a deal.”

    Dude, your wife walking down the street is like a hooker walking down the street.

    Oh, but I didn’t call her a “hooker”. Why are you offended? How thin-skinned are you?

    Make sense now? And if I made that reference to people that I knew hated your wife (and, in fact, showed up to hear me speak because they wanted to hear her insulted…well, what would you be thinking about that?

    And, furthermore, if I was sloppy drunk while dong so.

    It is what it looks like.

  115. jackfnburton says: Oct 4, 2011 11:08 AM

    Hank Williams Jr. is an ignorant bum, and anyone who disagrees with me is worse than Hitler.

    Because everyone who disagrees with me is clearly guilty of genocide. There are no gray areas or subtleties, no room for compromise, understanding or rapprochement.

    Ooooh. Sorry Hank. That was a big word. I’ll try to keep them to four letters or less wherever possible.

  116. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 11:09 AM

    Disney is full of musical talent in need of exposure. I’d have a different performer from the stable sing a pre-game song each week.

    1) The ratings would be the EXACT SAME
    2) I would be promoting in-house acts
    3) …and therefore INCREASING revenue.

    Oh, and I wouldn’t be paying a has-been drunk who is poisonous to my brand.

    Win. Win. Win.

  117. deadeye says: Oct 4, 2011 11:14 AM

    I was ready for HW Jr era to end ten seconds into the first time it ever came on.

    His theme is stupid and annoying. The MNF should get back to NFL roots and play some Sam Spence.

  118. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 11:15 AM

    Dude, I’m a capitalist.

    Hank has no right to that job. He’s not different, in the context of that program, to a TV camera.

    And if that camera isn’t working better than camera B, you throw it out in the trash.

    That’s the world I live in, anyway.

  119. cosanostra71 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:16 AM

    Don’t criticize anything about Obama or else you become an ignorant racist. Even if your criticism is legitimate and has nothing to do with race. Dislike his tax plan? You’re a racist. Smh

  120. abp3377 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:18 AM

    thank you everyone for explaining to me what the definition of freedom of speech is. Also, thanks for explaining all the rights that ESPN has as the employer, to discipline their employee. seriously, I’m not retarded. I understand the definition and rights, but it is simply flat out silly for everyone to be up and arms over this mans comments. he is not stating facts, he’s giving his opinion. He’s not saying “ESPN and I think Obama is Hitler.” seriously, people need to relax.

  121. pigskinswag says: Oct 4, 2011 11:19 AM

    Are you ready to get FIRRRRRRRRRRRED!

  122. mumakata says: Oct 4, 2011 11:20 AM

    Obama counts as two of the stooges. Biden is Mo.

  123. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Oct 4, 2011 11:21 AM

    @ Andyr2120

    I would love to see a Milli Vanilli reunion for the intro, especially considering one half of that “group”is dead.

    Dig him up. Prop him up. His vocals will be as good as they were the first time around.

  124. wtf__seriously says: Oct 4, 2011 11:22 AM

    Please— for the love of Helen Keller (Anne Frank?)!!, enough about freedom of speech! This has NOTHING to do with freedom of speech. For all the posters who are citing freedom of speech rights, please take a moment to read this. A few posts hit the nail on the head, so I chose one to re-post.

    Thanks to glennfs for making it so clear.
    ==========================

    glennfs says:
    Those of you who are making this a freedom of speech issue obviously don’t have a great grasp on the concept.

    For one, ESPN is a private corporation, not the Gov’t. They’re allowed to punish whoever they want for saying anything or nothing. The 1st amendment protects the people from the gov’t, not people from their employers.

    For two, it can be an exercise of ESPN’s freedom of speech to sack a guy for saying something they disagree with – or more accurately, will distract from their product and make their brand look bad. That’s called a business decision.

    Lastly, freedom of speech in any context does not mean you can say whatever you want without consequence. Yes, you can say what you want and not be sent to jail for it (as is the case in other countries), but if you say something stupid, you must be a man and accept the consequences as well.

  125. sbh1cats says: Oct 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    I’m sure if he made a statement about GW Bush, nothing would’ve been said.
    ==============================
    I’m pretty sure you can’t find a single example of a spokesperson for a major media conglomerate saying that about Bush and keeping his/her job.

    have you ever seen the view…another abc company…they villified bush daily and still do

    as far as the dixie chicks go, they were never fired from anything…the fans made the choice to stop supporting them…not corporations…the corps continued supporting them…the american people doomed them because we are tired of people talking bad about our country…divided we fall…

  126. asublimeday says: Oct 4, 2011 11:28 AM

    What did she do to make him choke her?

  127. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 4, 2011 11:28 AM

    Hey MOOCHZILLA –

    take a chill pill.

    you’re gonna have a stroke.

    seriously dude.

  128. Derty Ernie says: Oct 4, 2011 11:29 AM

    Monday night football has lost its glitter a long time ago. I got tired of seeing the same handful of teams all the time: NY, Dallas,Pittsburg, Philly (the biggest TV audiences out there).
    The NFL has a lot of teams and there are many good ones that don’t get on.
    Maybe they did Hank a favor.

  129. wiley16350 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Honestly, it seems to me that people have taken his comment completely wrong. It was not a comparison, it was an analogy. As others have pointed out. Basically his point was that currently Republicans and Democrats are so opposite that for them to pretend they can work things out over a game of golf is as much of a farce as if Hitler and Netanyahu played a game of golf to work things out. I would think then his enemy comment wasn’t that Obama is the enemy of america but the enemy of Republicans and so Republicans shouldn’t be trying to make nice with him. If he actually meant that Obama is the enemy of America, then he would be way out of line with that comment. He wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler in the sense that Obama is like Hitler. Just that Obama is as much of an enemy to Republicans as Hitler was to the Jews. In the sense that Obama does not care what the Republicans think or what they want to accomplish. Using Hitler was a bad choice because of the emotions that it brings, but his analogy isn’t completely wrong. Republicans and Democrats have become very strong enemies and neither party wants to work with the other.

  130. ruffbufffire says: Oct 4, 2011 11:37 AM

    Hank is a teabagging racist! The NFL should banish him like they did Rush.

  131. expatpatfan says: Oct 4, 2011 11:38 AM

    have you ever seen the view…another abc company…they villified bush daily and still do
    =================================
    You realize the View is an opinion show, right? And that people are put on the show to express divergent opinions, right? Walters is the sensible one, Hasselbeck is the right-winger and Behr is the left-winger. It’s TV formula 101.

  132. dexterismyhero says: Oct 4, 2011 11:39 AM

    @dfeltz says:
    Oct 4, 2011 10:41 AM
    Can anyone name me another Hank Williams song? Didn’t think so, this clown is a moron who thinks he is bigger than what he is.
    ===================================Really? Really? Look in the mirror clown!

    Here are just some of the songs I can think of and I’m a rock n roll and blues fan, not country.

    Family Tradition
    There’s a Tear in my Beer
    Country Boy can survive
    Whiskey Bent and hellbound
    Born to Boogie

  133. eslaught says: Oct 4, 2011 11:41 AM

    It was a simple bad analogy. Hank didn’t say Obama is Hitler because….
    He said Boehner and Obama playing golf is like Hitler and Netanyahu (bad spelling sorry) playing golf. Polar Opposites doing something together that doesn’t make any sense. Kenny Mayne says he would ram a lady with a Palin sticker (to kill her?) but didn’t because he might injure children. He is still employed and doing segments for ESPN. Hank didn’t threaten violence or anything towards Obama and yet he must be removed! This is the age old Hitler comparison that transcends political lines because each party has used them, get over it. stupid people saying ignorant things. This would have blown over, but ESPN had to announce to every news agency that the song wouldn’t be performed. Unfortunately since Disney has made major campaign donations to Obama, it almost makes them look worse because they won’t allow anyone inside their organization to express their views that don’t coincide with their own. Politics should stay in Washington, not on ESPN or MNF.

  134. 11inthebox says: Oct 4, 2011 11:44 AM

    Hank Williams is guilty of one thing—sheer stupidity.

    He asserts that since Boehner and Obama are enemies, they shouldn’t make any effort to be anything other than that.

    Stupid reasoning.

    Yeah, Martin Luther King should have never pioneered that whole non-violent movement. He should have just said: “you know what, guys? White folks hate us and there will always be segregation. Let’s make no effort to be civil to one another.”

  135. donz0 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:44 AM

    I’d like AC/DC to do the intro.

  136. macbull says: Oct 4, 2011 11:46 AM

    Hank jr’s comparison of the President to Hitler goes way over the line of decency.

    To make such a link to Hitler shows a clear lack of knowledge on Hankjrs part, IMO.

    Hitler exterminated 6 million Jews in various inhumane ways, which is probably “a fact” that escapes Hankjr’s brain. Had he understood what Hitler did, I doubt he would ever make such a comment.

    Watching the interview again makes me wonder about the condition of Hankjr’s brain and if he is abusing various substances, yet again?

    I do believe Hankjr spoke from his heart, when he made the comparison and I find that possibility to be troubling. For someone of his stature to harbor and publicly promote such a hatred, with little or no remorse, is very telling about the type of individual Hankjr is.

    Disney and ESPN should cut all ties with Hankjr, which will allow Hank the freedom to be the type of person he really wants to be.

    As a longtime fan of Hankjr’s, I very disappointed in him…it just shows how little the fans know about one’s intelligence and upbringing.

    Time for Disney and ESPN to set Hankjr free…cut him lose.

  137. smoothjimmyapollo says: Oct 4, 2011 11:46 AM

    “The man was making an analogy not calling the president Hitler. Calm down people, it’s not that big a deal.”

    Watch how easy this is to do without offending people.

    John Boehner playing golf with Obama is like…

    … dogs and cats living together.

    … oil and water.

    or Hank’s personal favorite

    … beer before liquor.

    See? You can make the point that they’re incompatible without comparing the one you disagree with to a ruthless dictator who wanted to eliminate entire races and religions.

  138. cgalaxy says: Oct 4, 2011 11:49 AM

    wawa33 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:47 AM

    If this was said about President Bush, Hank Jr. would be held up as a hero. The liberal media is hypocritical once again.

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

    No, actually I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be considered a hero for comparing Bush to “Hitler,” and definitely not while Bush was in office. He would have been suspended by ESPN in that situation, too. Yeah, you could find some people that said that about Bush I’m sure, but those Cpeople would be just as looney as Williams here, as just about anyone conservative, liberal, or whatever knows.

    Do we even have to debate about whether or not what he said was completely absurd and wrong? Really? Comparing Obama to HITLER?

  139. russgrant says: Oct 4, 2011 11:50 AM

    If you remember, The Dixie Chicks came out against the war and were literally black balled for years. Hank Williams called the sitting President “Hitler”. Maybe he can do the intro for Fox and Friends because he may be done on MNF

  140. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 11:52 AM

    Actually, Rush quit.

    He wasn’t banned from anything or fired.

    Because he’s a coward.

  141. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    Actually, I find this hilarious.

  142. mrplow3 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:54 AM

    “Are you ready for some football” is iconic. You do not change it. Especially considering what the alternative will probably be from today’s horendous music (shutters at the thought of Fergie or Jay Z singing it)

    I don’t care what his politics are. And I doubt ESPN would if his views were reversed.

    Please, just don’t touch the MNF tradition. It’s one of the few shreds of the past we can still hold on to from the pre digital age.

  143. barneyrumble says: Oct 4, 2011 11:56 AM

    Hank Jr is considering a run for US Senate from Tenn in 2012…….Not a joke, no punchline, just adding some info and the comment; that should be interesting!

  144. philtration says: Oct 4, 2011 11:56 AM

    And this is why cultures all over the world frown upon inbreeding.

    Use this as the perfect opportunity to dump the stupid openings altogether.
    No dancers, no explosions, no bumpkins screaming into the camera….
    Just play your thyme music like MNF did for 40 years.
    The game is enough.

    And Fox can get rid of that damn robot thing too.

  145. purplepride4ever says: Oct 4, 2011 12:00 PM

    Hank Williams Jr was wrong for comparing Obama to Hitler. No mustache, duh……

  146. boisebob says: Oct 4, 2011 12:03 PM

    These people that throw out the word “Nazi” when condemning someone or thing rate show their ignorance aw well as disrespect for the millions whose lives were extinguished by the Third Reich.

  147. mayfieldroadboy says: Oct 4, 2011 12:04 PM

    So much ado about nothing. HWilliams was trying to express a point in the most extreme of ways…had nothing to do about Obama or politics.

    If my memory serves me correct, the Dixie Chicks were booed off the stage because of their remarks about Bush, it was their stating their shame in being an American at that certain point in time; and Bush had nothing to do with the public booing her…their tour was cancelled because no one bought tickets.

    Helen Thomas was allowed to retire not because she bashed Bush, but because she made derogatory statements about the Jews in connection with her pro-Arab leanings.

    Bill Maher made strong statements about Bush. But his error was blaming “America” and the government for 9/11. In fact, he has always derided Bush without consequence…and still, Bill Maher is of no consequence.

  148. moochzilla says: Oct 4, 2011 12:05 PM

    Mr. Plow, that’s actually a good point. Although Jay-Z would just replay Hank’s version and insert a few “yeah” / “top of the charts” / “Cristal” / “money makin'” lines on top of it.

    Because he lacks any kind of originality whatsoever.

    Oh, and he grew up a Mets fan and wore a Mets hat throughout his youth. You couldn’t find many Yankees fans in the Bronx before the early 90’s.

  149. yevrag3535 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:06 PM

    Anyone who takes ESPN or your site for anything more than a few minutes of taking up mindless trash time is a fool. Come on people, stop and think about it. Junk/trash sells, so so all the stories.

  150. dolphincritic says: Oct 4, 2011 12:07 PM

    I am shocked by ESPN’s censoring of Hank Williams junior’s constitutionally protected free speech. I am also shocked at those of you who support their actions. Way too many media enterprises are trying to censor what you hear so that your federal government can tell you what the facts are without any controversy. Even a sports Channel has sold out!

    Obama is not like Hitler; Karl Marx maybe, but not Hitler.

  151. 1509lucky says: Oct 4, 2011 12:09 PM

    “If my memory serves me correct, the Dixie Chicks were booed off the stage because of their remarks about Bush, it was their stating their shame in being an American at that certain point in time; and Bush had nothing to do with the public booing her…their tour was cancelled because no one bought tickets.”

    The Dixie Chicks never said that they were ashamed of being American,they said that they were ashamed that The President of The United States was from Texas. People really need to check FACTS before spewing Fake outrage……..

  152. chadh88 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:13 PM

    Did ESPN listen to any of Hank’s catalog before hiring him 20 years ago or the records since. He has always had strong conservative views (Lawyers, Guns and Money; The American Way, anyone) and has never tried to hide it. The only thing wrong with Jr is that he is a Steelers fan.

    The only musical substitute would be if they got those guys from the old Coors commercials……AND TWINS!!!

  153. fwippel says: Oct 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    What? You thought this would be a one-game suspension thing? You have got to be kidding.

    You won’t find a more politcally correct network on earth than ESPN. They won’t touch Hank Williams again with a ten foot pole, or anything else.

  154. semperfi24 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    If he had made a statement of support for Osama bin Laden, he could get a contract to run the football for the Steelers…just saying

  155. barneyrumble says: Oct 4, 2011 12:17 PM

    sbh1cats says:
    Oct 4, 2011 11:25 AM

    as far as the dixie chicks go, they were never fired from anything…the fans made the choice to stop supporting them…not corporations…the corps continued supporting them…the american people doomed them because we are tired of people talking bad about our country…divided we fall…

    ______________________

    Sorry that is not true. I was doing a morning show on radio at that time, and we were ordered not to play the Dixie Chicks. I did anyway and then all of their discs were pulled and it wasn’t even possible to play their music. So get your facts straight and don’t try to rewrite history.

  156. zaggs says: Oct 4, 2011 12:28 PM

    Yet Madonna who has compared politicians to Hitler may end up headlining the superbowl. Be interesting to see if that plays out.

  157. grilledjesus says: Oct 4, 2011 12:29 PM

    ESPN should hire Ted Nugent to do the intro.

    Who cares about big Teds politics, at least the intro would rock.

  158. ltfreshmissiles says: Oct 4, 2011 12:32 PM

    is there any doubt who will take over?? Kid Rock in 3, 2, 1

  159. mannyicey says: Oct 4, 2011 12:34 PM

    Uh, Hank Williams, Jr.’s speech isn’t free. ESPN pays for it. And now since ESPN is the consumer, they can elect not to pay for that speech if it offends them or their consumers.

  160. comeonnowguys says: Oct 4, 2011 12:36 PM

    “Hank Williams junior’s constitutionally protected speech”

    For crying out loud. His comments are still protected by the constitution.

    Hank Jr. has the freedom to say whatever he wants, as long as it’s not “fire” in a crowded theater (or something similar).

    ESPN has the freedom to terminate his employment if they feel he reflects poorly on them. Especially after previous incidents PFT detailed above.

    You have the freedom to boycott ESPN. Sadly, there are so many better reason to boycott them than the network trying to distance themselves from ill-advised comments.

    I have the freedom to call you ill-informed. And you have the freedom to call me an a$$hat. I think we’d both be right.

  161. semperfi24 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    Joking aside, the Dixie Chicks isnt a good comparison, because they didnt get suspended, or fired, etc. They simply stopped selling. No one bought their music, no one bought their tickets, etc.

    If people started to boycott MNF because of Hank’s comments, then you could make a comparison.

  162. wakiash says: Oct 4, 2011 12:39 PM

    I see no difference between Hitler and Netanyahu. They both tried (or are trying) to slaughter innocent people.

  163. condor75 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:49 PM

    Hey all you crying Bush babies, the issue has nothing to do with your daddy George W. Clearly you clowns agree with the kind of idiocy based on the fact you are trying to defend this ass. Way to be an independent thuker. Let the fake dream go, the world isn’t stuck in you warped reality. Juvenile jerks

  164. macneil4025 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:50 PM

    Hopefully for good, he is so bad!! I love country music, but why in the world is this over the hill redneck still doing this act. Get Eric Church or Jason Aldean to do the opening if you want a badass country star. I could careless about his white trash statements, he is a joke!! Both republicans and democrats should be able to agree with that, if not we are in real trouble!!

  165. childressrulz says: Oct 4, 2011 12:52 PM

    His Dad would be ashamed of him (Hank Jr.).

  166. leroy36 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:53 PM

    Yet the NFL is considering Madonna for it’s Super Bowl halftime show. Madonna who compared McCain to Hitler and Obama to Ghandi.

  167. glac1 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:55 PM

    Why can a conservative be called names but a democrat can’t??? This sums up the leftist leaning media in this country. Thankfully most of the country can see through this and still think on their own and come up with our own conclusions.

  168. childressrulz says: Oct 4, 2011 12:56 PM

    semperfi24 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:38 PM

    Joking aside, the Dixie Chicks isnt a good comparison, because they didnt get suspended, or fired, etc. They simply stopped selling. No one bought their music, no one bought their tickets, etc.

    If people started to boycott MNF because of Hank’s comments, then you could make a comparison.
    ______________________________
    Saying that people only stopped buying their music doesn’t make it true. $hithead GOPers actually organised hate rallys, burned CDs (who are the Nazis now?), and even burned concert posters and t shirts. I didn’t even like the Dixie Chicks and I still thing they got railroaded for saying the Bush TX thing. Honestly the whole state of TX sucks. We should round up illegals, put them in TX, suck all of the oil out, and then give it back to Mexico.

  169. dmc1542 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:58 PM

    @dolphincritic:

    “They’re the enemy!”

    A host asked: “Who’s the enemy?”

    Williams then went on to say: “Are you kiddin? Obama! Biden! The three stooges!”

    This POS is calling the President of the United States “the enemy”, and you support this?

    Sure, he is free to say it, but ESPN is just as free in their speech to tell him to “Hit the road”!

    I am also free to speak my mind, and I say anyone who supports this redneck POS should go live in the caves of Afganistan with everyone else who considers Obama the “enemy”.

  170. dogsweat1 says: Oct 4, 2011 12:59 PM

    Adolph- burned Jews, the Disabled,Criminals, non Germans and same sex persons in ovens.

    I can see where Hank thinks him and Obama are alike.

  171. august589 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:04 PM

    Hopefully, the removal of Hank Jr. from MNF will be permanent. That intro was always irritating.

  172. favreforever says: Oct 4, 2011 1:06 PM

    I think Hank suffered a case of arrested development. From the time his dad died in 1953, when he was four years old.

  173. dcommish says: Oct 4, 2011 1:08 PM

    If ESPN didn’t react this way, I highly doubt that most of would have even heard his comments to begin with. They made a mountain out of a mole hill…..again (ex. Rush).

  174. favreforever says: Oct 4, 2011 1:09 PM

    If Hitler burned Hank in an oven, the fire would rage for a couple weeks and you could get drunk off the fumes several time zones away.

  175. fcs34 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:14 PM

    Are you ready for National Socialism !

    A Monday night book burn !

    All my brownshirts are here on Monday night.

  176. xli2006 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:16 PM

    The next person to mention “Free Speech” in this situation gets their Internet Access revoked (pun intended).

    The right to “Free Speech” doesn’t apply to an an employee making incredibly inflammatory remarks on national TV and losing his job for it. Williams is under contract with ESPN, represents ESPN MNF, and should expect to be released from certain deals by making obviously controversial statements. ESPN has every right to end their contract with him if they choose without much recourse from Williams.

  177. thetruth619 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:25 PM

    Who cares what some stupid liquored up redneck has to say??

    When other countries mock us, people like this is what they assume Americans to be. Hide them under a rock (or trailer park) and lets pretend they don’t actually exist.

  178. drunkenagitator says: Oct 4, 2011 1:26 PM

    Who cares? He sucks and his cornball music sucks too. ESPN really needs to avoid using music acts of any kind, they’re always the lamest of the lame anyway. Go back to the original MNF theme and do a brief preview instead, Hank’s annoying routine is just irritating and no one will miss it.

  179. tecmobowl34 says: Oct 4, 2011 2:09 PM

    This whole story has ZERO to do with free speech, I really wish morons would stop waving that flag. Not one arrest warrant will be issued for Hank Williams Jr, regardless of what he said about Obama or Hitler. He has the right to say that, whenever and however loud he wishes.

    ESPN also has the right to unceremoniously yank his hicker-ass off the air, for whatever reason they choose. If people don’t like that, it’s their own fault for liking HWJ and retch-inducing MNF songs.

  180. 10kmp says: Oct 4, 2011 2:16 PM

    I’m not, by the stretch of anyone’s imagination, a Hank Williams Jr. fan, and I watch Fox news even less than I listen to Hank… which is NEVER. Both Fox news and what HWJ said is offensive to me. Having said that I find it dumbfounding that Dana Jacobson, the female co host of ESPN’s First and Ten, was suspended from her show for two weeks when a few years ago at a roast for Mike and Mike she said (as captured on video and still able to be seen on YouTube) F*#@ Jesus, and F@*# Notre Dame. That statement makes what HWJ said seem tame by comparison. Why the double standard ESPN? What could Jacobson possibly have going for her that she would garner only a two week suspension for her foul, profanity laced stupidity, yet they’re talking about canning Williams??? Hmmm, what could it possibly be? Can Williams or not, I really don’t care, but ESPN is overtly hypocritical and slapping Jacobson on the wrist for what she said is proof positive.

  181. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Oct 4, 2011 2:18 PM

    All of this has brought back a line from a rap group from Philly in the early 90s called the Goats.

    Before I type the line let me please state that I despise nazis, especially Illinois nazis.

    Everything is a matter of perspective. What Hitler did was not that different than what the early Americans did to the natives or what the Christians did during the crusades.

    Now for the line that has come back to me

    Columbus killed more indians than hitler killed jews, but on his birthday you get sales on shoes.

  182. thetruthinyourface says: Oct 4, 2011 2:32 PM

    @Talkmaster check out this website for a list of Bush=Hitler stuff from ALL OVER semiskimmed.net/bushhitler.html

    of course in the Liberal World comments like Hitler comparisons against the enemy (the conservatives) are “justified” and “not racist”
    while anything said comparable in reverse
    against Obama or any major liberal is
    “hateful” “racist” and calls for immediate “shake downs” and boycotting

    Liberals and Conservatives
    stop being a hypocrites

  183. bozosforall says: Oct 4, 2011 2:52 PM

    moochzilla says:
    Oct 4, 2011 12:05 PM
    You couldn’t find many Red Sox fans anywhere before 2004.
    __
    Fixed it for you, mooch.

    BTW, the rest of your comments were spot on.

  184. johnnyoclock says: Oct 4, 2011 2:53 PM

    Did anyone see recently the one guy from the Ford commercials, where they put regular buyers suddenly in a press conference, who said he bought Ford for not accepting the bailout… and the spot was pulled.

    Now you have someone else punished.

    Is this the type of culture you really believe is right?

  185. thrasherm316 says: Oct 4, 2011 2:59 PM

    I was more disturbed when he said that he wished that he was in the studio so that he could see Gretchen Carson.

  186. kevinfromphilly says: Oct 4, 2011 3:14 PM

    HWJ – sucks
    Kid Rock – sucks out loud
    Ted Nugent – seriously?

    Just put Gwen Stefani on instead. She doesn’t even have to sing. And, if possible, could she make out with Jessica Alba? Thanks.

  187. stanklepoot says: Oct 4, 2011 3:56 PM

    wawa33 says: Oct 4, 2011 9:47 AM

    If this was said about President Bush, Hank Jr. would be held up as a hero. The liberal media is hypocritical once again.
    _______________________
    No, he wouldn’t have been actually. I pretty much despised the younger Bush as President (not personally, as I don’t know the guy), and I had a few insults I was pretty much prepared to send his way at the drop of a hat (or more accurately, at the reports of many of his policy decisions). I would never have gone the Hitler route or anything resembling that, however. Why? Because there’s a huge difference between disliking someone’s ideological approach and thinking of them as pure evil. Furthermore, the Hitler comparison is both the most overused and poorly used insult around. Do the people who make these comments even remember all the evil that Hitler did? All the millions he ordered killed for no real reason? It’s horrific enough to think of all the soldiers that died in the war he started, but when you add the civilians he ordered to be murdered it takes things to a whole knew level. Equating an individual to Hitler simply because you dislike their policies is almost certainly worse than any of those policies one might disapprove of.

    Now, as to hypocrisy, no one does it like the conservatives these days. To them, it seems, everything is conditional. When Bush was President, they made it sound like disagreeing with him publicly about anything was bordering on treason. As soon as Obama took over, however, they were publicly deriding his policies concerning the war(s) (despite the fact that little had actually changed). Then, you have Rick Perry, one of those flag-waving love-it-or-leave-it types who ironically had no problem publicly arguing that his state had the right to secede as soon as someone from the other party was in charge. This same secessionist arguer is now a leading candidate for the Republican party. So, please, can the liberals are hypocrites bit. Both sides have their fair share, but no one can match conservatives when it comes to the sheer scale of their hypocrisy. Whether it’s closeted politicians or religious leaders attacking others to hide their own deeds, or individuals who treat patriotism as a conditional proposition (fyi, you’re not a patriot if you want to leave the union or overthrow the gov’t as soon as someone from another party…or race…is in charge), there’s nothing that can make your jaw hit the floor in stunned surprise like the massive rhetorical swings you’ll get from conservatives as soon as the political wind changes.

  188. go9ers says: Oct 4, 2011 3:57 PM

    What is it about network execs which makes them think that country songs are appropriate as intros to football games? This isn’t NASCAR or WWE. Football fans have more than half a brain. Cut the country crap and try some music instead!

  189. stanklepoot says: Oct 4, 2011 4:08 PM

    fcs34 says: Oct 4, 2011 1:14 PM

    Are you ready for National Socialism !

    A Monday night book burn !

    All my brownshirts are here on Monday night.
    ______________________________
    Seriously? A guy gets fired from a corporation for saying something they feel might end up hurting their business, and that means that we’re living under a new Nazi regime? If anything, the conservatives amongst us should be celebrating the act and point to it as proof that the private sector can look after itself. As others have already stated, this isn’t a free speech issue. Free speech refers to the government not being able to stop someone from expressing their point of view or arresting them afterward for having done so. In this case, a private company suspended (maybe fired) a highly paid entertainer who they had employed. Why? Because, they brought him in to improve the popularity of their product, and they’re concerned that his comments may hurt their product in the eyes of a sizable portion of their audience. That’s not restricting free speech, that’s good marketing.

  190. The Grand Occident says: Oct 4, 2011 4:46 PM

    People should think about what this means.

    Today on “The Dan Patrick Show” one of Dan’s eunuchs, who just happens to be Jewish, was gloating about Williams Jr. being canned. He specifically mentioned it was because Hank offended Jews.

    Jews are 2% of the population yet politicians kiss up to them because the media is owned and operated (for the most part) by Jews.

    Before you criticize me, look up an article by Joel Stein in the LA Times called “Who Runs Hollywood? C’mon.”

    Wake up!

  191. ragingmouse says: Oct 4, 2011 5:02 PM

    I think ESPN should use the ” credit score commercial band ” to do the intro song for MNF…

  192. bootspur says: Oct 5, 2011 12:58 AM

    You know by the very fact that ‘Old-boy’ Hank doesn’t understand that in mixed company and most likely on a NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE TELEVISION BROADCAST that to mention the name of our planet’s most notorious serial killer is so completely out of context in polite conversation, (LET ALONE THE CELEBRATORY AIR of a TV football game) is beyond all intelligent reason.

    Hank Williams Jr., is a 5 tooth, hairy-palmed, knuckle-dragging baboon!

  193. keycitethis says: Oct 5, 2011 1:32 AM

    ESPN can do whatever they want for an intro…as long as it doesn’t involve giving Gruden more airtime…

  194. bootspur says: Oct 5, 2011 5:06 PM

    keycitethis: 3 cheers to your dead-on analysis about “the Gruden-child.” That guy is a pure beating to listen to, it doesn’t matter which team that it is, Gru-y has such a man crush on the player’s of the NFL that he’s nothing but a shill, a kiss-up-sellout! AND, don’t even let him get started with Tom “hair club” Brady.. That will actually make one sick to their stomach.

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