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Though ESPN’s decision to yank Hank Williams, Jr. from the opening theme music to Monday Night Football initially seemed to be a one-week suspension, it’s a little more permanent than that.

OK, it’s a lot more permanent than that.

ESPN has parted ways with Williams.  The network announced the decision on Thursday, via John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal.

“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.,” ESPN said in a statement.  “We appreciate his contributions over the past years.  The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”‬‬

Hank, of course, sees it differently.  He claims that he has pulled his song from the show.  Says Hank on his website:  “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision.  By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You [ESPN] stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE.  It’s been a great run.”

Um, right.  Hank apologized on Tuesday in the hopes of keeping the only thing that has kept him relevant for the last 25 years.  And now that he’s being pushed, he’s trying to make it look like he jumped.

The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

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  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 6, 2011 10:30 AM

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME UNEMPLOYMENT?

  2. deighton95 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    Are you ready for some unemployment??!!

  3. bigbrad184 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    Well this sucks whether he quit or was fired. That guy is a part of MNF. Won’t be the same without him. Can’t they just kiss and make up already?

  4. rukiddnme29 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:31 AM

    Freedom!

  5. jadaniels says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    Hank and his hundreds of fans clearly don’t understand the First Amendment.

  6. javisrk says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    Now if the NFL would quit bringing tired old acts into the Super Bowl halftime show, everything would be right in the world.

  7. carranomx says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    ESPN is a joke. Their commentators are a bunch of brainless morons. Such a bunch of politically correct fools running the network. Don’t speak your mind.

  8. cjspiller12 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    Maybe he can get John Boy Walton to play him again in the Hank William’s Story II. I’m sure that film made a lot of money.

  9. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    I think ESPN is right.

    It IS about the game, not some lame song.

    I like old country music a lot but I have muted Hank’s opening during MNF for many years now.

    It’s painful to listen to. Now I won’t have to ever again.

    Thank God…

  10. emma333 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    Hank is correct that he has the right to his opinion.
    However, any business has the right to fire an employee for not representing that company in a positive light. No matter what you think of Obama, any reference to Hitler is an ugly thing to say. Glad he’s gone..

  11. philvil41 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    Who gives a crap.Although Hank was right about the idiot in the White House.

  12. thesecplaysforkeeps says: Oct 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    HW Jr is a clown

  13. bearzfan says: Oct 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    Although I have little love for the booyahs at ESPN, they have the right to terminate an employee based on their company’s policies.

    Can we please eliminate the “Free speech” argument? Hank isn’t being thrown in jail for his opinion. There is a massive difference between constutionally protected free speech and violating company policy, regardless of how one attempts to confuse the two. If you don’t believe me, test it out. Go to your place of employment and answer the business phone with, “Hi, my name is ______ and I hate Obama (or Bush, or even Hitler for that matter)”. Check back with us later and lets us know how your “free speech” worked out.

  14. damnskins703 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    I don’t think he said enough for ESPN to fire him, was there any contract envolved? Whatever did happen to freedom of speech

  15. Knightlines says: Oct 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    Fired or Quit, its still pathetic on ESPNs part. They are a media outlet, yet they have the nerve to try to take away someone elses freedom to speak on his own time?

    If it was not for that freedom, ESPN would not exist.

    Hypocrites.

  16. myspaceyourface says: Oct 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    I think it’s sad that ESPN/ABC/DISNEY/LIBERAL WACKS get to police what people say, in a country that is supposed to have freedom of speech.

    I guess it’s only free if you agree with their agenda.

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 6, 2011 10:35 AM

    I don’t know who’s worse, ESPN or Hank Williams.

  18. steelerfan999 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    who cares.bocephus can buy espn if he wanted too.

  19. demonspank says: Oct 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    I hear Fox Sports Network needs an intro to soccer.

  20. dukemarc says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    No the sad part is Mike, you thought this was important enough to report on. You’ve bought into your own hype with all the speculating you do. Leave the reporting to the other guys on this site, they do it far better than you do.

  21. nabz034 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Whats so sad? And how do you know he was fired for a fact? Maybe he was going to be suspended and he decided to quit.

    Talking the way you are, you’re making it sound like you were there Mike and we all know your posts are just second hand Schefter or Breer info.

  22. prnandhomeless says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    The worst part in all of this is how he and many of his fans/supporters will ignorantly jump onto “First Amendment Rights,” “This is America,” etc…

    To be clear, the first amendment says the government shall make no law limiting an individual’s freedom of speech. Meaning, the gov’t will not arrest Hank Williams Jr for what he said.

    However, free speech does not mean speech free of consequences.

    A private corporation, ESPN, has every right to control their brand and their image how they see fit, which includes the release of their employees should said employees make a poor public statement that potentially damages the brand.

    Or would you rather the gov’t tell companies they can’t fire who they choose? Wouldn’t that be some sort of regulation?

    Oh, it’s only a “first amendment” issue to you people when you think the “liberal media” is out to get you or when someone agrees with your opinion, right?

  23. tampajoey says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Now the NFL should pull Monday Night Football from ESPN

  24. trailerdawg says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Good for Hank and his rowdy friends. I can’t stand all this political correctness in this country. We are giving up our rights in an attempt to keep from offending people. I for one thought the analogy was spot on. Obama SUCKS!!!

  25. nabz034 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Part ways doesnt mean terminated.

  26. motorcitykitties says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    It still amazes me how many people are too stupid to understand the fact that the 1st amendment doesn’t allow them to say ANYTHING you want without ANY consequence. You are allowed (your right) to call Obama Hitler… but you may lose your job. How hard is this to understand??

  27. JackLeone says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Yeah right Hank. I don’t believe you. If ESPN violated your rights to freedom of speech, then why did you apologize?

  28. drbob117 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Not that it really matters what the opening theme of a football game is ( could be the Gilligan’s Island song for all I care) ; but for ESPN fire him over that proves the PC police are ruling the world.

  29. haroldballsagna says: Oct 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    The sadder part is that you’re posting this and no one cares

  30. kevbarnett says: Oct 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    Ah, the classic line – “You can’t fire me, I quit”!

    I could careless what some country singer says about anything. The real question is why would some news channel even have him on to get his opinion? Who here is shocked that a guy like Williams has this opinion?

    On a side note, The NFL is having Madonna perform at the halftime of the Superbowl. I’m almost certain she has said and done much worse than Hank Williams Jr did but they are putting her on the biggest stage in sports.

  31. gorilladunk says: Oct 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    Good riddance! One less moronic redneck to gum up the airwaves. Besides, the intro lost it’s ummph about 15 years ago.

  32. sedcontra97 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    Who’s Hank Williams Jr?

  33. tommyelay says: Oct 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    Won’t be missed. That opening was played out long ago

  34. tmac4454 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    First of all, why would you say something stupid about your leader in front of America..Some people really need to think before they open their piehole. He should have never been hired, but I guess every redneck needs a country singer to destroy my eardrums.

  35. mikgaes says: Oct 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    Bye-bye Bocetard.

    Nobody is shedding tears over this move.

    Public figures should know better than to be using Hitler references in any public discussion these days.

  36. rickc10m says: Oct 6, 2011 10:39 AM

    Just for the record he may not be the recording force he was in the 80’s. Modern country music would be different if he had not made important contributions. With all due respect, for me the open became tired years ago.

  37. cakemixa says: Oct 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    lol what a redneck

  38. gilgafresh says: Oct 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    Oh, so NOW what ESPN reports is reliable and accurate???

    I fired ESPN over 5 years ago, and I’m not even rowdy, or drunk… yet.

  39. ttommytom says: Oct 6, 2011 10:40 AM

    You can VOTE and rallye your friends to vote if you dislike a politician. You can even stage a protest. YOU are a public figure which makes your First Amendmant rights that much more powerful. Comparing the President to Hitler is naive on a good day and a whole lot worse on most days.

  40. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    Mike I disagree, he did it for 20 years, do you really think it mattered that much to him? Unless he’s a terrible investor this guy is loaded and is beyond comfortable for the remaining years his bombed and depleted liver has remaining.

  41. myspaceyourface says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    Monday & Sunday rhyme, maybe he finds a new gig.

    Although NBC tends to be more narrow minded about freedom of speech. I think they have a bigger speech police department too.

  42. themikebowers says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    It’s sad that people preach First Amendment without actually knowing what it means. Just because there can’t be a law to limit what you can say doesn’t mean that your employer can’t fire you for making them look bad.

    Think Hank becomes a Fox News analyst now?

  43. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    We realize the great shadow we cast over the league. We’re sorry. LOL

  44. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    YES!!! No longer will we be subjected to that awful song!

    Please ESPN, please bring back that bangin’ 1970s theme song

  45. mumakata says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    Obama is not Hitler. Obama wishes he could be like hitlet and get the entire nation to fall in love with him and do his bidding. Obama is just a bully and a narcissist. Any person that votes for him next year is a bad person and a bad American.

  46. jpb12 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM

    Nobody cares

  47. philshady25 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    Hank Williams “Who’s coming with me”

  48. cameran0804 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    Leave it up to espn to ruin a good thing!! This is why i only watch NFL network!!

  49. mumakata says: Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    Pretty cowardly response by ESPN. Garbage channel that I wouldn’t watch at all if it wasn’t for Monday Night Football.

  50. shogun69 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    Why can’t people understand the concept that while there is freedom of speech, that doesn’t mean freedom from consequences of that speech?
    Now, I wonder if he will go and “unapologize”?

  51. frankvzappa says: Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    Whatever happened, the important part is that a celebrity actually supported the first amendment and free speech (if only in words), which is in direct contrast to the blind patriotic neo-nazism of media, celebrities, and scientists who almost universally are cowards in the face of the fascist state, and who will all bend over to help the fascists further erode what is left of the constitution. Occupy everywhere, before it’s too late and the concentration camps open.

  52. holdthemayo123 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    No, they did not step on your first amendment rights, Hank. The first amendment protects you from government impeding your speech.

  53. medtxpack says: Oct 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    they are gonna totally botch this up with some crappy replacement with an even worse song….

  54. blizzard01 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    He was quitted.

    Good riddance.

  55. jessieboom says: Oct 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    Man that totally sucks. His comment was stupid, and they way he said it put me off as well. But the MNF song is so dang iconic it doesn’t even bother me.

  56. johnnyshore says: Oct 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    “The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.”

    Who cares? PFT has made this story much bigger than it needed to be. I couldn’t care less who sings the MNF pre-game song, and I would imagine many people feel similarly.

  57. apm says: Oct 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    I always say the same thing.

  58. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    Wow, we are so superior. Can you hear us down there?! LOL, life is good.

  59. sbh1cats says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    mike, i so disagree with your attitude on all of this…he said what he said…espn is just going with the crowd of no one can speak their mind without offending someone…we’d all be fired if the media has its way…i hope you never say something that ‘offends’ someone…once again, he made an analogy, he did not call anyone a name…and so what if he did…free speech does have consequences, but gee whiz, people quit being so blame sensitive

  60. crowleyxiii says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    Equally as sad that Hank thinks we will stop watching because of a 2 minute song to start the show.

  61. awdlmd says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    If he thinks the First Amendment allows him to say any idiotic thing he wants and still keep his job, then he is even dumber than the typical country singer.

  62. Mike Tomlin says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    So long, jackass. You’re an embarassment to Steelers fans everywhere…

  63. xstaticonradio says: Oct 6, 2011 10:44 AM

    C00l

  64. mancave001 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    Totally bogus move on ESPN’s part.

  65. isphet71 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    Has it really come to this? Over the opening song to a football game?

  66. joejoe81 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    FU ESPN!!!!!

    Let the man sing his song. He is an entertainer. Don’t worry, the American Public isn’t as stupid as you believe. We won’t hold ESPN responsible for an entertainers comments on a different network.

    I’m so damn tired of corporations cutting ties with people when they do something that may be perceived as out of line. Where is the loyalty?

    ESPN—your MNF football show isn’t the best of the week anymore. Pay more attention to putting on a good show with good announcers, and less to non controversies like this!

  67. omegalh says: Oct 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    It was dated anyways.

  68. cowboyfan45 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    this whole thing was much a do about nothing, he was making an analogy of two completely opposite people playing golf as some way to find middle ground, so he used a nazi and a Jewish comparison to show how divided these two parties are(dems and Repub) and never said one was the Nazi or which was the Jewish person, so this is nothing more than a media blown up story about nothing because a handful of people took offense. He went on to bash Congress and that all of them should be thrown out, I think this whole think was ridiculous from the start, there is something called freedom of speech, but apparently this more of a double standard, if those who hate the tea party can spout anything like take them out but if someone says anything they disagree with the administration, they’re labelled racists,,,Espn just showed they’re full their speech, but if some doesn’t toe their way of thinking, then they have to go…laughable!!!

  69. dfalcon3522 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    Not a Hank fan at all but there is something to be said here about the 4 letter network seemingly having no regards for the right to free speech. Come on man have you heard the garbage that comes from the mouth of much of your own paid employees mouths on many of your B rate programming? You should fire 2/3 of the MNF booth! ( keep Chuckie despite his use of “I love seeing big bodies bang it out” in Monday’s broadcast )

  70. klutch14u says: Oct 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    Could care less about the guy but why is it “sad” some will think he actually quit? Is it that important to you?

    Wasn’t it Keith Olbermann that compared Bush to Hitler? Where was the crying then? And we’re talking about someone that isn’t an entertainer but is supposed to be objective (yeah right) in the news world.

    Wow what hypocrites. Hell, we have a sitting attorney general that has just been caught lying under oath and you barely even hear about that.

  71. cfmaguire9 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    It’ll interesting to see what ESPN replaces the traditional open with. I don’t think ESPN can use the song now without Williams’ permission (and obviously he’s taking the stubborn approach), so any new open would be entirely different.

    ESPN/ABC may follow the pattern of NBC’s SNF open with a female presence. Or maybe Rex Ryan in Bocephus garb. Who knows.

  72. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 6, 2011 10:47 AM

    It was starting to feel kind of trite. Time for a change, anyway.

  73. dldove77 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:47 AM

    I remember a season or two in the mid-90s when they got rid of Hank and opened with a different pop/rock song each week, but it sucked so bad that they had to bring him back. I hope they have something better lined up this time around.

  74. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Oct 6, 2011 10:47 AM

    One more idiot who does not understand what freedom of speech entails.

    Which means he probably has no real understanding of the constitution or the amendments.

    Except the 21st amendment, that one means he can drink, and that’s all that matters to Hank.

  75. sambasoccer10 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:47 AM

    First amendment?! U compared the leader of the free world.to Hitler! No excuse for that no matter if u like him or not.

  76. macneil4025 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    Wow, what a pile of sh*t!! That was the best thing he had going, now he has more time for the bottle and being white trash. I’m sure GOP TV, aka Fox News would be happy to offer him a spot on Hannity’s great American panel. There always looking for uneducated hacks to spew their propaganda!!

  77. wtfru2 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    I’m one of those “Rowdy Friends” and I’m not “out of here”. Does he think people will quit watching MNF because of him?

    I just hope they don’t put on some rapper for the new intro!

  78. smackingfools says: Oct 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    Freedom of Speech! Go Hank!

  79. jahbird says: Oct 6, 2011 10:49 AM

    The sad part is that there’s people who believe this is a free speech issue.

    I’m gonna head on over to my business-affiliated twitter feed and type out “Obama is Hitler. #TrueStory” and see if I still have my job come Friday….

    Ooof, just got an email I’ve been fired, that was quick.

  80. jmsincla says: Oct 6, 2011 10:49 AM

    Like many people, Hank needs to actually read the 1st amendment.

    Good to know I won’t have to hear that song any longer, now if only Faith Hill could say something stupid.

  81. yaplepalooza says: Oct 6, 2011 10:50 AM

    Espn is like Hitler…

  82. burnzy32 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:50 AM

    it’d be GREAT if they could get Eminem or Kid Rock to do MNF intro in DETROIT

  83. pixelito says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    Now a he’s a real tea-bagger… Unemployed

  84. murraysons says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    Cheer up, Hank. At least the South won. Oh wait..

  85. mrizzo44 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    Can somebody please explain to me how ESPN choosing not to play his song has infringed on his freedom of speech?

    Honestly, the amount ignorance in this country is mind-boggling.

    Did the government arrest him for his stupid comments? Did they come and kill him? Did they even try to stop him? Of course not. THAT is what the 1st Amendment is protecting. It doesn’t mean that you can say whatever you want without ever having to face consequences for what you said. If you work for a major corporation, and you go on national tv and say something controversial, you have to accept the consequences.

  86. clayjustsackedyou says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit

    ****************************

    The sad thing is that someone actually took the time to write this article.

  87. wlubake says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    Is it just me, or does this all seem like a bit of an overreaction? I’m guessing that ESPN has been wanting to go to a Black Eyed Peas (or some other crappy band) for the opening for some time. This was just the opportunity.

    Is it just an automatic no-no to say the name Hitler? “That guy is 5’8″, just like Hitler.” Grounds for firing.

    The comment didn’t really compare either guy to Hitler. He was instead just illustrating that the President and Boener have polar opposite ideologies.

    The real reason he was canned is more likely that he didn’t kiss ESPN’s rear enough to make up for the gaffe.

    I guess the whole thing just seems odd as grounds to end such a long-standing relationship.

  88. solidmarine says: Oct 6, 2011 10:52 AM

    This is what happens when you talk smack about the Chosen One… let that be a leason to all.

  89. starvinharvin says: Oct 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

    Yes, the same people who don’t believe in evolution.

  90. chillyp says: Oct 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    In all honesty, this is probably going to make Hank lots of $$$$, because it now makes him relevant. If Hank is smart, he’ll use this to generate $$$.

  91. steelerfanjo says: Oct 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    Imagine ESPN ruining another part of the sports landscape. Remember er when ESPN was cool? Neither do I.

  92. technovike says: Oct 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    i vote for ACDC intro: Thunderstruck

  93. ProDolphinsTalk says: Oct 6, 2011 10:55 AM

    This was overdue. I like Hank but the opening was getting a little cheesy. As a matter of fact, who do the networks think we are??? We don’t give a crap about football robots, flashy graphics, in game referee opinions, and washed up country singers lip syncing theme songs. Just give me the game with two knowledgeable announcers, limited commercials, and an updated ticker of scores around the league. Talking to you ESPN…

  94. awdlmd says: Oct 6, 2011 10:55 AM

    If he had said that about Bush the rednecks would have boycotted him and sent him death threats, but now their complaining about political correctness and not being allowed to speak one’s mind.

  95. petthefurrywall says: Oct 6, 2011 10:56 AM

    Goodbye Racist! I bet the fact that people started reading his lyrics got him fired. “If the South would’ve won we’d a had it made.” if you didn’t think he was a racist before, just read the lyrics.

  96. yzguy431 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:57 AM

    nabz034 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM
    Whats so sad? And how do you know he was fired for a fact? Maybe he was going to be suspended and he decided to quit.

    Talking the way you are, you’re making it sound like you were there Mike and we all know your posts are just second hand Schefter or Breer info.

    as a practical matter, what do you expect from a lawyer. from west virginia, no less. go burn a couch, Mike.

  97. mumakata says: Oct 6, 2011 10:58 AM

    solidmarine says: Oct 6, 2011 10:52 AM

    This is what happens when you talk smack about the Chosen One… let that be a leason to all.

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    Your comment and all like minded comments critical of The Won will be deleted. Don’t you know you cannot support those who criticise Obummer?

  98. waxedagain says: Oct 6, 2011 10:58 AM

    “The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.”

    Sad to whom? It’s better for hypocritical ESPN to have people think he quit rather than being fired over First Amendment rights. Still, I don’t see NBC firing or censoring Faith Hill over anything she might say – this is just a stupid decision by ESPN. Most ppl didn’t even know about what Hank Williams said until ESPN announced it. Williams might be a Tea Party supporter – which seems to have lead to his remark about Obama – butI hardly think the MNF intro is the place to wage that battle.

  99. Planet Marz says: Oct 6, 2011 10:58 AM

    Freedom isn’t free. -Team America

  100. zor9999 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:58 AM

    MNF Football starts with a great instrumental by Edd Kalehoff (he wrote the Price is Right theme) – Heavy Action. It them goes into Hank Williams Jr. and then back into the MNF Main Theme.

    Out of the three songs, the Hank Williams Jr. song can be replaced the easiest. Just find another country bumpkin to “talk-sing” in the names of the cities playing over the sounds of bombs and fireworks. Cue Billy Ray Cirus

  101. hooockey says: Oct 6, 2011 10:59 AM

    So, Hank thinks the First Amendment gives him the right to say whatever he wants when he represents a large, public image conscious corporation (ESPN) ? You know, I suppose he does.

    But someone should point out to the fading (when’s the last time he had a hit) Hank that ESPN is exercising THEIR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH by canning his ass to protect their image.

    Free speech works both ways, simple Hank.

  102. mannyicey says: Oct 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    First of all, Keith Olbermann didn’t work for ESPN when he compared Bush to Hitler. If he did, he would have been fired, too. As a matter of fact, he was fired for other reasons but he never stated his political views on air while at ESPN or Fox Sports Net.

    As for Hank Williams Jr, this is the First Amendment at work. You have freedom of speech. Sure, your freedom of speech can get you fired, but all that does is allow you to speak even more freely- without corporate incumberances. The First Amendment, however, doesn’t guarantee you employment if your speech alienates and/or angers current and prospective consumers of the corporation of which you are employed. He should have read it in the handbook.

  103. mumakata says: Oct 6, 2011 11:00 AM

    pixelito says: Oct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    Now a he’s a real tea-bagger… Unemployed

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    Your ignorance is staggering.

  104. adsbad28 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:01 AM

    Cant say nothing bad about the LAME President especially when you work for a left wing network like ESPN!! What a joke not only ESPN but the president to!!!!!!!

  105. genericcommenter says: Oct 6, 2011 11:01 AM

    The guy doesn’t know anything about the First Amendment. It’s sad because there really ARE violations of the First Amendment, but they usually don’t include anything that celebrities whine about.

  106. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 6, 2011 11:01 AM

    I hope they come up with a new intro soon because MNF felt like an exhibition game without the song. Let’s get it pumped up!

  107. blizzard01 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    I bet Tebow could come up with a new opening song.

  108. brintfatre says: Oct 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    I hope you people are happy… now it will be 20 years of Justin Beiber or the Jonahs Brothers singing the intro.

  109. keepitsimplestoopid says: Oct 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    Thank god. They took a fun little song and stomped the stuffing out of it.

    The open was so damn stale it was beyond time for a change.

  110. dutchman1350 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    Yet ABC continued to support “The View”, and their comments at the prior POTUS.

    I don’t agree with Hank, and his poor choice of words, however ABC needs to be consistent with their policies too.

  111. squabbbler says: Oct 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

    From ESPN’s October 3rd statement:
    “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.

    How can you fire someone that’s not an employee?

  112. S says: Oct 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    1. This is great news! Don’t replace the “theme song” with another singer… Just get the game started faster!!

    2. ESPN did not step on freedom of speech. The First Amendment of the Constitution (and the rest of the constitution) is a deal between the citizenry and GOVERNMENT of the United States. It has nothing to do with ESPN.

  113. dstep24 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    sambasoccer10 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:47 AM
    First amendment?! U compared the leader of the free world.to Hitler!
    _______________________________

    No he didn’t, stupid. Watch the video again. He compared the dynamic of the relationship between Boehner and Obama to that of Hitler and Netanyahu, to express how polar opposite they are.

    Seriously…are people this dumb? Why do I have to keep explaining this to adults? It took me 5 seconds to explain it to my 8 year old.

  114. fjd10 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:05 AM

    Another JOb lost in America. Now he can collect 99 weeks of unemployment and he will be one of the 400,000 people to lose their job this week.

  115. skoalbrother says: Oct 6, 2011 11:06 AM

    ESPN / ABC is so far up Obummer’s rear end Hank should have known he never had a chance. Would he have been let go if the comment was about Bush???

  116. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:06 AM

    Now some woman is going to get throttled by an angry Hank Williams Jr. again.

    Also, First Amdendment protects you from government prosecution, not others forming opinions about things you say or an employer firing you based on things you said publicly.

  117. forthelove says: Oct 6, 2011 11:07 AM

    @dstep24
    If this is what you’re telling you 8 yr old, and he’s buying it, he’s going to be seriously messed up.

  118. greenbleeder says: Oct 6, 2011 11:07 AM

    Well, that settles it.

    ESPN IS Hitler.

  119. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 6, 2011 11:07 AM

    wtfru2 says:Oct 6, 2011 10:48 AM

    I’m one of those “Rowdy Friends” and I’m not “out of here”. Does he think people will quit watching MNF because of him?

    I just hope they don’t put on some rapper for the new intro!

    ——————————————————

    That’s no problem.

    If they do use a rapper in Hank’s place, just remember to keep the mute button handy.

    That’s what I’ll be doing…

  120. waxedagain says: Oct 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    There are a lot of outspoken Hollywood celebrities, but I haven’t heard of any Hollywood studios firing the stars they have under contract for their taking a political stance. I think most people would think the comparison of Hitler to Obama is just stupid, and it makes Hank Williams look like an idiot. But maybe ABC was tired of paying huge royalties to Williams for a cheesy, outdated song, and was looking for a way out of the contract. This may have been more of a legal/business decision than actual outrage over his comments.

  121. kptx638 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    Yes Hank, you are have freedom of speech, ESPN also has the freedom to fire you if you may interfere with their ability to make money.

  122. cscfriarbob says: Oct 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    Oh I’m quite sure he was fired. Anybody with a brain should be able to figure that out.

    But he probably SHOULD have actually quit.

    No the First Amendment actually does NOT make what ESPN did illegal. But when a political debate gets so heated, so blatantly partisan that one side has free speech and another does not, then there’s no point in pretending to be friends anymore either.

  123. dryzzt23 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    ESPN had better NEVER have Kanye West on since they have now set the precedent that no one who is affiliated with the Disney family had ever publicly criticize the President.

    Of course, if they ever do have West on any Disney network, ABC, ESPN, etc then hank should file a hate crime lawsuit against them for racial discrimination.

  124. stoutfiles says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    Actually, you’re all wrong. The First Amendment does not guarantee you won’t be arrested for what you say. All it guarantees is that you have the right to say it, it does not include the consequences of those actions.

    For example, you can not say you will blow up such and such without getting in trouble. However, you’re allowed to say it. It means you won’t be silenced, that’s all.

  125. panther17 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    Stop messing with family tradition.

  126. pftreaderscannotread says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    Why is it that nobody on here refers to the fact that within a minute after the Hitler reference, when asked to clarify his comment, which even managed to shock the FOX NEWS ANCHORS, HANK said he was referring to Obama and Biden who are “The ENEMY”. If you think the first amendment protects your right to not get fired for calling the President and the Vice President the “ENEMY” directly after using a Hitler metaphor about him on TV, well maybe your not as much of an American as you seem to think because you sure do not know much about the constitution or the laws of the United States.

  127. NFLJunkie says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    And how do you know he was fired for a fact? Maybe he was going to be suspended and he decided to quit.

    Suspended from what? It’s not he shows up to sing the song live every week. The way it works for TV shows and movies is they pay for the right to license the music/performance and use it. There’s no way in hell ESPN has to ask permission every single week to continue using the song, or that Hank has the power to yank it midseason.

    Just like The Who can’t suddenly decide they have a beef with CBS and don’t want their songs plastered all over the CSI shows. They gave up that control when they licensed it for that use,

  128. psdaleno says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    ill suffer but i guess ill now be forced to look/listen to the gorgeous faith hill. hubba hubba.

  129. patsfiend says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    Maybe we can get back to football minus the corny pre-taped intro music, GMC trucks, and explosions.

    MNF already has the best intro music in all of football. Duh-duh-duh-duuuuuh!!! Bu-da Bu-da.

  130. polegojim says: Oct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    I happen to know for a fact that Mr. Barack Obama doesn’t take himself that seriously….

    However, President Obama must.

    Whether you’re Dem or Rep, the Office of the President must be respected, even in the midst of strong and sometimes heated disagreement.

  131. kptx638 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:10 AM

    Hey skoalbrother, the Dixie Chicks sure were ostracized when they came out against Bush so don’t gimme that crap.

  132. waxedagain says: Oct 6, 2011 11:10 AM

    Expect William to do a cover of ‘ Take This Job and Shove It!’ to relaunch his career. *He tips hat to ESPN*

  133. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:11 AM

    who cares about this washed up redneck. now he can go back to the trailer park where he belongs.

  134. squabbbler says: Oct 6, 2011 11:11 AM

    Where are all of the folks that supported the Dixie Chicks’ right to criticize Bush? Shouldn’t they also be coming out in support of Bocephus?

    Oh, you mean it doesn’t work that way?

  135. madeira2 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    The best part of the comments sections for stories like this are the moronic rightwingers who think it’s an infringement on freedom of speech.

  136. pftreaderscannotread says: Oct 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    dstep24 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    No he didn’t, stupid. Watch the video again. He compared the dynamic of the relationship between Boehner and Obama to that of Hitler and Netanyahu, to express how polar opposite they are.

    Seriously…are people this dumb? Why do I have to keep explaining this to adults? It took me 5 seconds to explain it to my 8 year old.

    Watch the rest of the video. He clarifies he is reffering to Biden and Obama as “they’re the ENEMY” . You can be fired for declaring the president and vp are the enemy on TV. It is a very logical thing to fire someone for that.

  137. mrjackson206 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    I’m glad Hank Williams Jr got fired. And yes you did get fired Hank. No one walks away from an easy multi million dollar gig of singing a song by claiming their 1st Amendment rights were violated that easy.

    You violated gave up your 1st Amendment rights when you decided to spew your racial bigotry about the President of the United States. Time to head back to hee-haw Hank, you’re no longer needed.

  138. steelerfan999 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    AFTER HANK SANG I MUTED THE STATION ANYWAY.THOSE ANNOUNCERS SHOULD BE FIRED,CANT LISTEN TO THEM.

  139. bostonbias says: Oct 6, 2011 11:13 AM

    Double Standard again. A lot of people called Bush Hitler…they are praised in the media. In fact they work in the media, not to mention people like the Dixie Chicks who perform on networks. It is a joke. We have freedom of speech, unless some suits do not like it.

  140. cereal blogger says: Oct 6, 2011 11:14 AM

    THEY TOOK ERR JOBS !!!!!

    DERKA DERRR !

    Well, he always has his music career to fall back on…sshssspffffff,,,ahahahahahaaa

  141. hendawg21 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    Now can we although she is nice to look at get rid of Faith Hill on Sunday Nights??? Lets just get to the games all this pre-game hype is a bit much…

  142. steamrod says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    squabbbler says: Oct 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

    From ESPN’s October 3rd statement:
    “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.

    How can you fire someone that’s not an employee?
    ——————————————

    Did ESPN pay Hank for his services? If yes, then he is a defacto employee. By choosing to no longer use his services they are essentially firing him. You’re splitting hairs to say otherwise. How else would you describe the payer terminating the relationship with the payee?

  143. lance19 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    The saddest part about this may be that
    we’re forced to realize how many Americans
    (including Hank) have NO IDEA what the
    First Amendment actually says or means.

    Well, okay, maybe even SADDER is that
    those under-informed people insist on
    loudly broadcasting that lack of understanding.

  144. maddogwhite says: Oct 6, 2011 11:16 AM

    So, ESPN hires Hank Williams for making controversial remarks about a President. Fair enough.

    But what did NBC do with Keith Olbermann who made inflammatory remarks about President Bush EVERY DAY: Yeah, they gave him a primetime spot on their own football show. THIS IS THE DOUBLE STANDARD that conservatives hate. If the media is going to take a stand on an issue, BE CONSISTENT.

    The same could be said about this website which is coincidentally sponsored by, ahem, NBC!!!

  145. upperdecker19 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:16 AM

    I see nothing wrong with HWJ’s comments and believe he should be reinstated immediately.

    Regards,
    Mel Gibson

  146. Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 6, 2011 11:16 AM

    Thank you, ESPN and Disney. Best of luck Hank. Now let’s move on.

  147. upyoursnfu says: Oct 6, 2011 11:16 AM

    Maybe ESPN will hire Hank III to do the song now

  148. dstep24 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:16 AM

    forthelove says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:07 AM
    @dstep24
    If this is what you’re telling you 8 yr old, and he’s buying it, he’s going to be seriously messed up
    ____________________________________

    It’s lies that mess kids up. Not truth. My kid will be just fine. But thanks for your concern.

  149. maddogwhite says: Oct 6, 2011 11:17 AM

    ESPN “fires” Hank (he did not pull his spot voluntarily).

  150. dolphandan says: Oct 6, 2011 11:18 AM

    USE the ABC MNF musical intro.

    Dun dun dun dun.

  151. koufaxmitzvah says: Oct 6, 2011 11:18 AM

    I wonder how many of the whining right wingers on PFT are going to be thrown in jail for complaining about the liberal PC cops who, apparently, are behind Hank Williams Jr no longer having his stupid song to start Monday Night Football. Because if none of them are being thrown in jail, then they are expressing their freedom of speech. And if they think that liberals like me are out to cease their freedom of speech because ESPN fired Hank Williams Jr, then maybe they would like to buy the bridge I have to sell so that they can take a flying leap off that.

  152. bostonbias says: Oct 6, 2011 11:18 AM

    When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.

    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.

    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.

    When they came for the Jews,
    I remained silent;
    I wasn’t a Jew.

    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.

  153. steamrod says: Oct 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    Also the First Amendment protects your freedom of speech from government oppression, not your employer, a private corporation. It also doesn’t give you carte blanche to say whatever pops into your head, though I don’t think this crossed that particular line. Its still ESPN’s decision to terminate his employment.

  154. citizenstrange says: Oct 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    Hank apologized on Tuesday in the hopes of keeping the only thing that has kept him relevant for the last 25 years.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Exactly! ESPN can pick from thousands and thousands of ne’er-do-well hillbilly hacks and instantly skyrocket them to superstardom by granting them the HONOR and PRIVILEGE of letting them sing the Monday Night Football opening.

    Hank Williams, Jr. will be playing at a used car lot in Panorama City this weekend.

  155. gmenhq says: Oct 6, 2011 11:20 AM

    that song sucked anyway — clear mismatch between the lyrics every week and his antics on screen.

  156. lance19 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    Now, ladies and gentleman, please welcome the new face of Putt-Putt Fun Center,
    Hank Williams Jr.:

    “ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOSBALL?!?”

  157. stevenfbrackett says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    Did anyone read Williams’ actual statement on his website? It was sooooooo junior high school.

    Essentially,”She didn’t dump me! I dumped her! — I did, so!”

  158. bigbeefyd says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    Now i will never know if it’s time for some football.

  159. cruzin596 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    First of all, per a statement released by ESPN when they decided to pull Hank’s MNF intro, he is not an employee of ESPN therefore, he cannot be fired. Second, if it is ESPN company policy and Hank made the statement while on air with ESPN, they would have more of an argument. However, he made his Hitler statement completely independent of anything related to ESPN.

    Also, Hank did not call Obama Hitler. He compared the relationship between Boehner and Obama to a relationship between Netanyahu and Hitler. Both pairs are polar opposites and, taking it further, while Hitler and his policies would be counter to and detrimental to Netanyahu and everything he believes, Hank believes that Obama and his policies are counter and detrimental to those Boehner and those he represents.

    ESPN has the right to use whatever intro to MNF that they wish, but to base it solely on what Hank said is a violation of Hank’s right to free speech. My guess is that Hank did pull his video from ESPN so as not to have to associate with the PC Police.

  160. meyerwolf says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    “The comment didn’t really compare either guy to Hitler. He was instead just illustrating that the President and Boener have polar opposite ideologies.”

    Spot on, wlubake.

    I can’t believe America has come to a point where basic reading comprehension skills have eroded to this extent. It isn’t because Hank used the words Obama and Hitler in the same sentence, that he is in any way equating the two.

    He was just saying that Obama and Boener have radically diverging ideologies, like, for example, the diverging ideologies of Alan Greenspan and John Keynes, or for example, the diverging ideologies of Ma Ying-jeou and Hu Jintao, or, for example, the diverging ideologies of Netanyahu and Hitler.

    But it seems that America is no longer a place for nuance. Some guy (a right-wing hillbilly, an easy target) uses those two words in the same sentence, therefore, he “made comments likening President Obama to Adolf Hitler.”

    Funny question though: why did no-one accuse him of likening Boener to Hitler and Obama to Netanyahu?

    Nah, wouldn’t have made as great a headline, would it?

  161. throwmetheidol says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    I am all for freedom of speech. But I don’t think some realize how insensitive Hanks remarks were. Whether you agree with Obama or not you don’t compare him to Hitler who is responsible for the death’s of millions. So Hank why don’t u stf and write another song or something.

  162. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    I figured it was Hank Greenberg that got fired.. silly me. But that wouldn’t be worth the Headlines.

  163. meyerwolf says: Oct 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    By the way, I’m European. I don’t have a dog in this fight.

  164. bigchee72 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    LOL @ this clown Hank claiming he quit because “ESPN schtepped on ma furst amennment rightss!!”

    Message to Hank and the idiots in here who have no understanding of the 1st amendment.

    Dont wrap yourself around the 1st amendment yelling “free speech” acting as if you’re fired for saying something. You were fired for saying something STUPID.

  165. madeira2 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    @maddogwhite

    Olbermann’s job is a political commentator, more specifically, a liberal one. Hank’s job is to sing a fun little song before a football game on TV. lol

  166. nysaysbringit says: Oct 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    @ emma333;

    “any reference to Hitler is an ugly thing to say. Glad he’s gone..”

    Really?…The “progressives” get to make those references all the time! In 2012 hopefully..I will be able to say ..”Glad THIER gone”

  167. blackdonnelly says: Oct 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    It doesn’t matter – it’s over and done with.

    Like Joe Santo’s character in “The Sopranos” said – “somebody’s got to go.”

    I wish folks would understand this had nothing to do with the 1st Amendment – this was between Bochunkus and The Big Rat (Disney).

    Now – let’s move on to honest-to-Gawd football chat.

  168. kristakay1 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    Now if NBC would get rid of Faith Hill (what does she have to do with Football???), life would be great.

  169. vereynn says: Oct 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    TLDR; The US Constitution says nothing about companies terminating commercial agreements over objectionable public comments.

    I can’t tell you how sick I am of ignorant people attempting to invoke the 1st Amendment (and other Constitutional rights) in situations like this.

    The 1st Amendment limits the government’s ability to hamper communication. And even then there are limitations; think slander laws, yelling fire in a crowded room, false advertising laws, etc. They all place limits on your right to free speech and they’re all perfectly legal limitations.

    It says NOTHING about a company’s right to disassociate themselves from a paid spokesperson’s comments.

    Funny how none of these people pulled out their Cliff’s Notes to the Constitution when advertisers pulled their endorsements for Michael Vick back when he got arrested, thereby TRAMPLING! I say TRAMPLING! on his constitutional right to privacy. /sarcasm(off)

    Your right to free speech does not trump my right to not employ you as a public spokesperson if I dislike your comments.

  170. imjinbrdgr says: Oct 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    This truly is a freedom of speech issue. ESPN had the freedom to speak, and it did. YOU’RE FIRED!!!

  171. kingdm8 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    javisrk says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM
    Now if the NFL would quit bringing tired old acts into the Super Bowl halftime show, everything would be right in the world.

    ___________________________________

    Fergie trying the sing Sweet Child O Mine last year was like listening to cats mate.

  172. swagjag says: Oct 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    If you don’t think FOX News is about to run a piece on how Hank lost his job for speaking out against Obama, you’re crazy. He may even get his own show on the network over this.

  173. dogsweat1 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    Are you ready for the Gestapo?

  174. qj1984 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    I am with emma333, 110%. I don’t care what your personal feelings or political views are comparing someone to one of the most vial human beings to ever walk the planet is wrong.

    There are less mean spirited words that can be used to get the point that you dislike Obama across. Hank should have choose them.

  175. dontouchmyjunk says: Oct 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    Thank goodness. That song should have been dropped 10 years ago. Makes me cringe every time I hear it.

    Hank Williams Jr. Talentless, hack musician, hanging on the coattails of his father. Good riddance. The good news is he’ll never be heard from again, by anybody.

  176. madrid517 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    Because a man speaks out against a government, which happens to run the same company he works for (Disney), he gets pushed aside and fired from his job. These actions justify the reason why our government now looks at all of it’s citizens as just slaves, unless you are part of the big banks that run our government.

  177. isfootballonyet says: Oct 6, 2011 11:28 AM

    What a disappointment. Like the guy or hate him, he didn’t call Obama hitler. He used an analogy. Nothing more, nothing less. It was already a step backwards when ESPN took over MNF, and now they’ve thrown away one of the highlights for the broadcast. Thanks ESPN.

    But we are still the customers. Join me, in boycotting the next (or all) MNF broadcasts. Man… that made me shiver; the thought of missing MNF is scary! But I’ll do it to prove a point!

  178. 706vet says: Oct 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    Sad times in America. After decades of Marxist indoctrination in schools, media, and politics the libs/progs have won. Please read about political correctness and it’s Father, Marxism. The left have falsely used Nazi references against the right for many decades. Hitler was a socialist turned into Nazism.

    In addition, Hank used an analogy in which he was trying to slam Republicans (IMHO). The use of Hitler is certainly questionable but PC won out. Was Hank comparing Hitler to Boehner?

  179. mrizzo44 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    “trailerdawg says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    Good for Hank and his rowdy friends. I can’t stand all this political correctness in this country. We are giving up our rights in an attempt to keep from offending people. I for one thought the analogy was spot on. Obama SUCKS!!!”

    —————————————————

    Exactly what rights did he give up? He was given the ability to go on national television and make his political views known. Sounds like he’s been given plenty of rights to me.

  180. bullcharger says: Oct 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    They should have fired him anyway. Other than the actual line “Are you ready for some football?” there is nothing good about the opening.

    Whoever Hank is replaced with will be 1000 times better by default. It’s rediculous that they had someone so irrelevant in that spot in the first place.

  181. squirrelyfries says: Oct 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    What a redneck.

  182. essbee65 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen the press run with. Hank did not compare Obama to Hitler. He compared the golf pairings like pairing up Hitler and Netanyahu. I don’t understand how everyone is twisting it into Hank comparing Obama and Hitler. If I said putting a dog and cat in the same cage would be like putting a tiger and a gazelle in the same cage, am I comparing a dog to a tiger? He was simply saying that in his opinion, it would be like pairing up a monster who tried to eradicate the Jewish people with the current leader of Isreal. A bit extreme, but not horrifying or offensive.

    I think Hank’s intro sucked and glad it is gone. I’m a Hank Jr fan from back in the day too. With all of his touring, albums, etc, do you really think he has been counting on the MNF intro as his meal ticket?

    He should have quit from the get-go. ESPN, the general public, and more importantly, the liberal media, cannot understand English and somehow want to construe Hank’s statements as comparing Obama to Hitler. I really don’t get it. So now, Hitler’s name can apparently never be mentioned again.

  183. nahcouldntbethat says: Oct 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    I don’t care what he said, I’m just glad he;s gone.

    I grew up with the Howard Cosell intro with the music and the storyline and that was the way to sell a game. By the time things got started we knew every slant that was present going into the game and Howard had hyped the game beyond recognition. Not to mention the music was actually catchy in a 70-ish way.

  184. bjtmeyer says: Oct 6, 2011 11:31 AM

    Either way both parties still have money in their pockets after this. Can’t really feel too sorry for anyone.

  185. contract says: Oct 6, 2011 11:31 AM

    “The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.”

    No, the sad part is that you sound like you have a vested interest in people believing that he was fired.

  186. sadiecat25 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    I do think it was wrong what he said, but what happen to freedom of speech????? Come on
    Give Hank, Jr and break!!!!!!!!!

  187. wallacejay says: Oct 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    Just keep showing Faith in that catwoman suit and heels…

  188. acmepacker says: Oct 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    quabbbler says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:03 AM
    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

    From ESPN’s October 3rd statement:
    “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.

    How can you fire someone that’s not an employee?
    ———–
    By removing their image and not paying them royalties any longer. I doubt if they were using his little ditty for free.

  189. bigdan7885 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    They should use a totally weird slow song to replace the opening. Something completely awkward.

  190. cmoney20 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    Everyone is so sensitive its ridiculous. Its not a violation of the first amendment. But I think the majority of us need to get a life.

  191. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    Screw PFT and ESPN. Left Wing Morons.

  192. dstep24 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:34 AM

    pftreaderscannotread says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    Watch the rest of the video. He clarifies he is reffering to Biden and Obama as “they’re the ENEMY” . You can be fired for declaring the president and vp are the enemy on TV. It is a very logical thing to fire someone for that.
    ___________________________________

    They ARE Boehner’s enemy. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but they aren’t allies. Boehner was playing golf with the enemy. Obama and Biden were playing golf with the enemy. Is Enemy on the “can’t say” list now?

  193. odp456 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:34 AM

    Anyone ever notice how the people that claim to be all about “accountability” and “responsibility” and how everyone else just whines and expect things to be handed to them, are the same people that never want to take accountability for their own crap? You worked for ESPN/you didn’t, whatever, Hank, you made a stupid ass comment to get attention and instead of manning up and taking responsibility for it, your going to “take your rowdy friends and go home”. Way to act like a 6 year old.

  194. crabboil says: Oct 6, 2011 11:34 AM

    Oh well. No big loss.

    Bring on Hank III

  195. wallacejay says: Oct 6, 2011 11:34 AM

    wallacejay says: Oct 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    Just keep showing Faith in that catwoman suit and heels…
    ******************************************
    And yes I know she’s on Sunday night, but I’d prefer looking at her over Hank and his beard any night

  196. ice90 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    Mike,

    It’s ok if country music is not your cup of tea. You know…. real country music, not the “country-pop” crap they play today. But please don’t make commentary about someone’s “relevance” if you are clueless on the subject. Hank Jr. is a music industry legend. He has collaborated with many performers across many genres of music for many, many years. He has influenced countless others. I understand that he made a dumb statement. Comparing anyone to Hitler is usually going to end badly and should be avoided. But making a dumb comment does not minimize one’s career. Stick to the little bit you know about football to avoid embarrassing yourself.

    To me, this is more of a statement on ESPN and how gutless they have become over the years.

  197. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    God save our country from all it’s ignorant citizens who cry/piss/moan about Hank’s right to free speech being violated. How many friggin’ times do they have to be told the 1st Amendment protects our right to free speech from THE GOVERNMENT. You are free to say whatever you like, but put on your big girl panties to accept the possible consequences.

    Hank Williams Jr and all his redneck friends need to keep drinking and go watch NASCAR.

    I’m not happy with Obama and the current state of our nation, but it pisses me off that some Republican politicians seemly only care about furthering their own agenda, even when it harms the country. There is absolutely no compromise from either party, which makes it that much more unlikely anything gets accomplished.

    It’s disturbing how much ugliness and hatred spews from supporters of both parties, simply because they have different opinions.

  198. squabbbler says: Oct 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    steamrod says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    Did ESPN pay Hank for his services? If yes, then he is a defacto employee. By choosing to no longer use his services they are essentially firing him. You’re splitting hairs to say otherwise. How else would you describe the payer terminating the relationship with the payee?

    – Exercising an escape clause or right to terminate contract provision in a contractual agreement?

    – Mutual agreement?

    – Breach of contract?

    – Getting your panties in a wad and throwing a hissy fit?

  199. dstep24 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:36 AM

    essbee65 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:30 AM
    This is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen the press run with. Hank did not compare Obama to Hitler. He compared the golf pairings like pairing up Hitler and Netanyahu. I don’t understand how everyone is twisting it into Hank comparing Obama and Hitler.
    ____________________________________

    I understand completely….

    When you have nothing else to go on, in the way of defending a president who has horribly mishandled the country, you grasp for straws like this.

  200. klutch14u says: Oct 6, 2011 11:37 AM

    Lets hope he doesn’t make like a liberal and march on “Wall Street” complaining that he has to pay his student debt and mortgage….

  201. trilbilly says: Oct 6, 2011 11:38 AM

    jadaniels says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    “Hank and his hundreds of fans clearly don’t understand the First Amendment.”

    Clearly you don’t understand the first amendment.

  202. forthelove says: Oct 6, 2011 11:38 AM

    @bostonbias

    btw- who are the “Nazis” in your comparison? ESPN? The Obama administration? The Republicans (who actually do oppose the trade unions and social democrats, and some of whom call Obama a communist)?

  203. oxycode30 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:39 AM

    Bring back the 70s instrumental synth opening song!
    It is THE sound of MNF.

  204. Lev says: Oct 6, 2011 11:39 AM

    They shoulda let Goodell fine him….

  205. buckhuckster says: Oct 6, 2011 11:40 AM

    Make this right NFL and ESPN…….

    Let’s get Hall & Oates to perform the MNF opener!!!!

  206. bebopa says: Oct 6, 2011 11:40 AM

    good move by ESPN. He will NOT be missed, one less first grade graduate to deal with.

  207. mrplow3 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:41 AM

    I hate political correctness, hate it with a burning passion.

    This pisses me of royally. Screw your politics. Seriously, you damn zealots on the left and right sicken me.

    That song is iconic with MNF, I DON’T CARE WHAT THE SINGERS POLITICAL OPINION IS, that’s HIS opinion. And now I’ve been robbed of that intro because of a bunch of whiney, sensitive little girls.

    I’m getting quite sick of this new modern society full of cowards and political pimps.

  208. Kaz says: Oct 6, 2011 11:41 AM

    Somewhere the Dixie Chicks is wondering where was the first A when the far right deemed them “unamerican” and still boycott them to this day for there comments on Bush.

  209. barneyrumble says: Oct 6, 2011 11:41 AM

    Bring on AC/DC “For Those About To Rock” can see it now and after one week it is Hank Who?

  210. packattack1967 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    I have been banned from here on several occasions for besmirching the Messiah. After 8 years of hitler and bush in the same sentence (among other things) constantly. I find this ubersensativity over the top PC / I dont agree with your politics censorship highly disturbing. (bet this doesnt get posted)

  211. hawkinsob says: Oct 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    Thank you for YOUR decision Hank. Now we can get back to having MNF be just about football, without any political distractions. When I watch football, I don’t want to any politics (conservative, liberal, whatever) mixed in if it can be avoided.

  212. riverhorsey says: Oct 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    squabbbler says: Oct 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

    From ESPN’s October 3rd statement:
    “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.

    How can you fire someone that’s not an employee?

    —————————————————-

    You don’t pay them

  213. forthelove says: Oct 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    @essbee65
    “He compared the golf pairings like pairing up Hitler and Netanyahu. I don’t understand how everyone is twisting it into Hank comparing Obama and Hitler. If I said putting a dog and cat in the same cage would be like putting a tiger and a gazelle in the same cage, am I comparing a dog to a tiger? He was simply saying that in his opinion, it would be like pairing up a monster who tried to eradicate the Jewish people with the current leader of Isreal. A bit extreme, but not horrifying or offensive.”

    Good point, now that I think of it Obama is in fact directly responsible for the horrifying murder of (ballparkin’ it here) 6 million Republicans. Boehner’s got some huge cojones to go golfing with that guy.

  214. dixon29 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    jadaniels says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    Hank and his hundreds of fans clearly don’t understand the First Amendment.

    Clearly the most ignorant comment on this page. The First Amendment clearly states,

    Protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government.

    Hank has the right to say whatever he wants. Today’s politically correct world is where the problem lies, not what he said. Not to mention Hank has sold millions and millions of records so I would venture to guess that he has a lot more than just “hundreds” of fans.

  215. joetoronto says: Oct 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    It’s such a shame to see the once strong USA completely divided now.

    When will you wake up and finally realize that the Republicans and the Democrats are one and the same, and have the same agenda?

    It’s all bullcrap. They need you divided, as you are.

  216. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    Obama = Anti-Christ, Hitler, Stalin, left wing nutjob, veteran hater, race card baiter… and the list goes on and on…

  217. MannaFromKevin says: Oct 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    News flash, Hank! It would be an infringement on your freedom of speech if you were being ARRESTED for saying what you said. But you’re not. ESPN has every right to fire you. Your freedom of speech is intact, but your business decisions aren’t too solid. I mean heck, the fact that I’m employed by a company means that I’m going to watch what I publicly say and do because it could mean losing my job. Simple as that. Welcome to the real world.

  218. sirmixalotalotalot says: Oct 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    I always liked his opening songs for MNF but this guy is the definition of a racist, ignorant, redneck. I am actually surprised he was fired for these most recent comments and not some of the wildly offensive and inappropriate things he has said in the past.

  219. mrplow3 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    “I like old country music a lot but I have muted Hank’s opening during MNF for many years now.”

    And this ladies and gentleman is the overly dramatic type I speak of.

    And BTW, no, you haven’t been muting the MNF intro for years. Stop being a drama queen to make your point.

  220. grudenthediva says: Oct 6, 2011 11:45 AM

    And to think, I thought the best part of this whole issue was seeing all the wingnuts trip all over themselves, more than they normally do, to justify how the comment was more a baseless comparison and not something directly attacking the President. News flash – you lot know EXACTLY what you are trying to say, and any amount of “wink wink, nod no” dressing won’t fly. Jesus, what’s so hard to understand about “Nothing good can come of bringing up Adolf Hitler’s name like this”????

    Also…

    “This is what happens when you talk smack about the Chosen One… let that be a leason to all.”

    Yes, let this be a lesson that you clearly failed your 2nd grade spelling class. Been receiving coded messages from the Almighty about YOUR job prospects, lately?

    “Where are all of the folks that supported the Dixie Chicks’ right to criticize Bush? Shouldn’t they also be coming out in support of Bocephus?

    Oh, you mean it doesn’t work that way?”

    I see what you did there. The issue wasn’t with Clear Channel deciding to pucker up their holes and delete the music from their nationwide catalogs, as was their corporate right. It was the intense, almost fanatical outrage that followed that had Dixie Chicks supporters going crazy. Taking the music off is one thing but the death threats, effigy burning and insane vitriol is another. You should be able to differentiate between the two.

    Should, but won’t.

  221. nysaysbringit says: Oct 6, 2011 11:46 AM

    I too enjoy Monday night football for the game itself. Having said that…Political correctness has been spilling into the world of pro sports for some time now. You have act a certain way…be carefull what you say…dont offend anyone…bla..bla..bla.. Perhaps if ole Hank showwed up wearing all PINK..with a PINK guitar…and a PINK cowboy hat …all would be ok.
    By the way…references to Hitler are used all the time by the Politically correct left….No Problem

  222. cajuncharacter says: Oct 6, 2011 11:47 AM

    His MNF shtick was tired after the first week it was on; wish he would have acted up sooner!

  223. xli2006 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    Sadly, there are likely millions of ultra-ignorant Americans who agree with and defend what Hank said. ESPN had no choice here.

    I guess the other question is… Who watches “Fox and Friends” in the first place? Maybe the worst possible way I could imagine to start your day is by subjecting yourself to that.

  224. philtration says: Oct 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    kevbarnett says: Oct 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    Ah, the classic line – “You can’t fire me, I quit”!

    I could careless what some country singer says about anything. The real question is why would some news channel even have him on to get his opinion?
    ====================================

    He was not on a news channel when he made the statement.
    He was on FOX NEWS.

  225. kingufr says: Oct 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    This is not a 1st Amendment issue…ESPN has the right to terminate Hank Jr. for any reason they choose…Just like I have the right to change the channel.

  226. solidmarine says: Oct 6, 2011 11:50 AM

    I’m not sure what gives me more pleasure. Watching football or tilting liberals.

  227. waxedagain says: Oct 6, 2011 11:51 AM

    I think it was Williams’ followup comments in support of the Tea Party that put the final nails in his ESPN coffin. And no one but this site used the term ‘ fired’ regarding Williams. He was not an employee; he couldn’t be fired. His music was licensed under contract, so the contract was terminated ( I suppose for the reasons ESPN stated). Any other work he did for ESPN/ABC would have been under contract as an independent contractor.

  228. yyyass says: Oct 6, 2011 11:52 AM

    Hank already has a new gig lined up on Univision, “Are you ready for some Futbol??”

    Ass + hat = Hank Jr.

  229. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 6, 2011 11:52 AM

    While I support ESPN’s decision, I find it humorous that they let Hank go for a Hitler comment while their parent company, Disney, was started by an anti-Semite.

  230. prior0knowledge says: Oct 6, 2011 11:53 AM

    For all those who think there is freedom of speech in the workplace, go up to your boss and call him a flaming as••••• and a mo••••• $&@&$ and see how long you are employed.

  231. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:53 AM

    Liberalism is a mental illness and the left wing are sheep for the anti-christ obamaderp.

  232. sparty0n says: Oct 6, 2011 11:53 AM

    No, the SAD part is that plenty people will actually believe that Hank compared Obama to Hitler.

    Hank isnt the sharpest guy and made a stupid comparison. But the headlines read “Hank compares Obama to Hitler”, which he did not do! But the drones will believe he did.

  233. dolfan34 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:54 AM

    What a bozo!! This guy STILL doesn’t get it. He thinks he did nothing wrong and just lost the only thing that’s given him any relevance in the last 25 years.

  234. p4ever says: Oct 6, 2011 11:55 AM

    Where were all the Hank Williams apologists when Rashad Mendenhall spoke his mind about 911? These same folks wanted RM to be crucified….

  235. philtration says: Oct 6, 2011 11:56 AM

    packattack1967 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    I have been banned from here on several occasions for besmirching the Messiah. After 8 years of hitler and bush in the same sentence (among other things) constantly. I find this ubersensativity over the top PC / I dont agree with your politics censorship highly disturbing. (bet this doesnt get posted)
    ====================================
    Packer fans are communists.
    That is why they are the “people’s team”

    By the way… Milwaukee is the only American city to elect not one, but two Socialist mayors.

  236. michfan says: Oct 6, 2011 11:56 AM

    Dropping the Hitler bomb, dosen’t do anybody any good! Droping ESPN from my viewing schedule does me good! lol

  237. Patriot42 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    I get it most of you homers hate country music and anything you can do to put it down because you prefer rap is understandable. Hank will always have my respect for speaking his mind and those that feel it was politically incorrect can eat my grits.

  238. jagerbmb says: Oct 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    If you don’t like Hank Williams, you can……..

  239. baldeaglejohnie says: Oct 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    frankvzappa says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    PLEASE , PLEASE change your user name you are giving FZ a bad name. I’ve worked in the corp world for over 25 years. believe me the company has a very easy code of ethics that will be followed. it clearly states you cannot bad mouth the co and even after work hours you are to represent the company in a respectful mannner, I’ve seen folks escorted out for less. and no that was not in the past three years. change your name to boygeorge or hankjr , maybe britneypears , please please change it now. Frank would not be proud of your blind politics, jumping on the bandwagon and sticking up for a country boy who sold out to the corp world and became a poster child of the commerical BS that has Frank puking in his grave. DA!

  240. newsbugg2 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    In the grand scheme of life and all that is going on in the world today, this issue is hardly newsworthy. What ever happened to a person’s First Amendment rights? Mr. Williams did NOT say that the President was like Hitler. Like another poster commented…much ado about NOTHING.

  241. tinopuno says: Oct 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    Marginally talented, self-important, rather stupid loser. Good riddance.

  242. edgerules says: Oct 6, 2011 12:00 PM

    Why are people having such a hard time with this issue. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from backlash or consequences.

    Besides, comparing anyone to Hitler is just disgusting and wrong. It was wrong when people compared George W. Bush to Hitler, and it is wrong to compare Obama to Hitler. I mean, Hitler comparisons are thrown around like candy these days by idiots on the Left and the Right, and it is just sad.

    As for Williams, of course he is going to say he “quit.” He “apologized’ likely because he figured ESPN was thinking about totally dumping him permanently, which they did, so by his saying he “quit,” he is trying to save face. Besides, no one save for a handful of hard right wingers maybe, is going to stop watching MNF just because his stupid song is not being used anymore. His ego must be way out of control if he thinks that.

  243. chizucc says: Oct 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    The right to free speech applies to the gov’t, not employers….Williams has the right to call Obama and whoever he wants you want hitler…..ESPN has the right to fire his b*tch a$$!

  244. lunchbox92 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    pftreaderscannotread is upset that Hank called Obama and Biden “enemy.”

    Obama has called Republicans “enemy” and Biden has referred to tea-party members as “terrorists.” Google it. It’s easy to find.

    Can’t be upset when President is called something when he’s referred to those he disagrees with as the same thing.

  245. birdpilot says: Oct 6, 2011 12:02 PM

    a) These people apologizing for Hank Jr’s comment didn’t listen to the whole interview. Go to youtube and listen at the 3:00 mark. Carlson: You COMPARED the most hated person in the world with the President. HJ: That IS TRUE. I’m just telling it like it is. (emphasis mine)

    Yes, he confirmed he compared Obama and Hitler. Try knowing what you’re talking about before looking like a fool.

    b) And y’all know crap about the Constitution. The 1st Amendment protection DOES NOT APPLY to non-government entities. “CONGRESS shall make no law . . .” Try knowing what you are talking about before looking like a fool.

    c) I’m willing to bet NONE OF THESE dittoheads held forth on the 1st Amendment or the unfairness of the radio stations that quit playing Dixie Chicks songs after the Maines comment in 2003. Try being consistent before looking like a fool.

    Cry me a river!

  246. td40 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:03 PM

    “All my dumb-ass, redneck, welfare-moochin’, alcoholic, 3rd-grade-education-havin’, cousin’-marryin’, tooth-missin’, r.a.c.i.s.t., fat friends are NOT comin’ over tonight ‘cuz they don’t give a crap about me ’cause I ain’t on the TV no more on Monday NIIIIIIIIGHT…”

  247. mostovnik says: Oct 6, 2011 12:03 PM

    Williams’ “Obama is the enemy” comment puts him in the company of all the idiots at Fox “News”.
    In America we try to maintain some level of purity in government by excluding religion. In sports we also try to achieve a purity by excluding politics (and I would hope religion as well).
    Television networks must work to sustain an unbiased position. Keeping rednecks like Williams on the payroll runs counter to this goal.
    Well done ESPN.

  248. lanflfan says: Oct 6, 2011 12:05 PM

    Hank is right, the First Amendment basically gives him the right to say what he wants, within reason and subject to a few exceptions (i.e. no FIRE in crowded rooms).

    However, there is absolutely no First Amendment protection for the consequences of opening your yap and (possibly) offending people. Perhaps if more people stop and think about what long-term effect flapping your lips (or typing a message, sending a pic, etc) would have on their life we might all be much better off (but far less entertained). If you don’t open your mouth and insert your foot into it, then you don’t need to backtrack the next day.

    That said, I would rather espn focus on hiring better commentators and announcers than worrying about who sings the intro song.

  249. perciv7 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:06 PM

    When you f’ck up and try to articulate the facts, it gets messy and elevate the complication.
    You got balls?, take it and speak Latin in reverse.
    That way they will have a hard on understanding the screw up you made.

  250. dikshuttle says: Oct 6, 2011 12:07 PM

    I’ll compare Obama to Hilter (sic)!

    The latter is shorter with a funnier mustache!

    kazinnnnng

  251. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:07 PM

    The Anti-Christ will be out of the WhiteHouse come 2012. What will the clueless sheep sportsfans do here? Cry like a fallen tree in a forest.

  252. td40 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    Hey all you “free speech advocates” who are whining and defending old Hank and crapping all over everything you perceive as “liberal”- please notice that all of your comments have a huge “thumbs down” majority. Yes, even here on a football forum where you would think maybe there’d be a larger balance of people who are “conservatives, the vast majority still think your views are wrong. So goes the rest of the country. If most of the people disagree with your view, it means you probably aren’t right. Deal with it.

    PS- Hank Williams Jr. is an idiot (just trying to stay on topic…)

  253. esposito35 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:11 PM

    This is just barely news……….who cares, it was just a song by some musician and doesnt effect the game of football whatsoever!

    Ive been watching MNF for too many years and frankly didnt even notice HWJr wasnt on the opening.

    do i give a #### about another rich idiot or idiots…NO

  254. ghostofgilchrist says: Oct 6, 2011 12:12 PM

    This screams for a new Hitler parody on Youtube.

  255. mclovin07 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:13 PM

    Are you ready for some “unemployment” Franks???

    Welcome to the club, but you’re a bit late…

  256. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:14 PM

    td40 says:Oct 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    Hey all you “free speech advocates” who are whining and defending old Hank and crapping all over everything you perceive as “liberal”- please notice that all of your comments have a huge “thumbs down” majority.

    *** says the self-appointed leader of the liberal cowards on this site.

  257. sddartman says: Oct 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    Awesome, now if we can just get NBC to trash it’s stupid “song” before their game. Football doesn’t need any idot songs to introduce it. It’s Football, not some dance routine. The first year Hanks song was kinda cool because it was different. It’s been lame for 20 some years now and NBC’s is even worse. I say good riddance to bad rubbish. It’s about time.

  258. moochzilla says: Oct 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    Spartyon.

    Here is my analogy.

    I am asked to speak to people who don’t like your girlfriend. They’re coming to hear me speak – specifically because they like to hear her insulted.

    I then proceed to say “I saw sprayton’s girlfriend, her outfit looks like something a crack ho would wear.”

    Did I or did I not insult your girlfriend? Taking into account not only what I said, but where I said it and to whom.

    Because, of course, I didn’t explicitly SAY your gf was a crack ho. I just used an analogy to make a point. Right?

    Which is harmless, right?

    PS – I am sure your gf is a lovely lady, this is just for purposes of the exercise.

    Time’s yours.

  259. michfan says: Oct 6, 2011 12:16 PM

    Droping the Hitler bomb, doesn’t do anybody any good! Droping ESPN from my TV schedule, does me some good! lol

  260. NFLJunkie says: Oct 6, 2011 12:18 PM

    Where are all of the folks that supported the Dixie Chicks’ right to criticize Bush? Shouldn’t they also be coming out in support of Bocephus?

    I support his right to say whatever the hell he wants.

    What bothers me is the perpetuation of the ridiculous myth that there are only repercussions for “conservatives” who say inflammatory things about “liberals” but not the other way around.

    Bull.

  261. kevinzeemail says: Oct 6, 2011 12:20 PM

    Consider these lyrics to “All My Rowdy Friends”: “I got girls that can cook, I got girls that can clean I got girls that can do anything in between….” TOO OLD FASHIONED.
    Consider these lyrics that are much more modern: “I got b*tches in the livin’ room gettin’ it on, and they ain’t leavin till six in the morn.” Time to bring that guy in!

  262. robertlseverson says: Oct 6, 2011 12:22 PM

    logan1980… whoa there, little guy. Take your shtick over to FOX or maybe even subscribe to Hank’s Facebook page. He’ll have plenty of time on his hands. Maybe you can spin some paranoiac socio-religious conspracies together.

    Hank has already demonstrated his penchant to apply revisionist history to manufacture imagery, and you my friend, wow. The Anti-Christ? Really?

    Everybody knows Justin Beiber is the Anti-Christ. Who ARE you kidding?

  263. kindbass says: Oct 6, 2011 12:22 PM

    C’mon people. Freedom of speech DOES NOT mean “say whatever you want without consequence.”

  264. kingufr says: Oct 6, 2011 12:23 PM

    dikshuttle says: Oct 6, 2011 12:07 PM

    I’ll compare Obama to Hilter (sic)!

    The latter is shorter with a funnier mustache!

    kazinnnnng

    Yes, but the former has MUCH larger ears..lol

  265. thrasherm316 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:24 PM

    This thread calls for a facepalm.

  266. jdmcg57 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:25 PM

    It is very unfortunate that Mr. Williams made those remarks and is attempting to hide behind the Constitution to justisfy them. What is even sadder is his reaction to being let go for those remarks. Both his initial commemnts and his follow-up showed an enormous lack of judgement. He also showed a very high level of immaturity.

  267. 13forgbp says: Oct 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    i do not understand how people reach such heights without a basic understanding of EVERYTHING. ESPN blows and it has for about a decade now. Still, they have the right to fire whoever they want. BUT, everyone is missing the main point about the entire story…..

    THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COMPARISON AND AN ANALOGY.

    Hank DIDN’T compare Obama to Hitler as everybody is up in arms about. He made an analogy as to the vast differences between obama and boehner. In absolutely no context did he compare obama to hitler and those that don’t see that, simply don’t want to.

    The reason he is gone is because that craphole of a network wants to keep the suck-up a** time they get with obama every spring when he reveals his ncaa picks….plain and simple. that should be the story

  268. howley1 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:27 PM

    Bring on AC/DC “For Those About To Rock” can see it now and after one week it is Hank Who?

    ——————————————-

    But I bet you’re against Corporate America outsourcing jobs to other countries, right?

  269. coopshoot says: Oct 6, 2011 12:28 PM

    Bottom line is this is a wholesale violation of free speech.
    Stupid move, ESPN/Disney.
    Thankfully I have the song on my iPod, so whenever they play whatever Train/Madonna/Lady Gaga song they use to replace it, I can play the real theme song.

  270. hairpie says: Oct 6, 2011 12:28 PM

    I wonder how many people were fired after ESPN’s embarassing “Spygate” crusade and failure. Its a little late to try and look ethical now.

  271. td40 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:29 PM

    logan1980 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 12:14 PM

    td40 says:Oct 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    Hey all you “free speech advocates” who are whining and defending old Hank and crapping all over everything you perceive as “liberal”- please notice that all of your comments have a huge “thumbs down” majority.

    *** says the self-appointed leader of the liberal cowards on this site.
    ——————————————

    Sucks to be in the minority, huh? Hurts to read the truth, eh? Fun to whine like a little girl, right? You’re doing a great job.

  272. amcphaull says: Oct 6, 2011 12:29 PM

    Do you people have jobs…or understand right to work laws etc?

    Tell you what, start your own business, hire some folks and then let those folks go on tv, write on blogs…what have you and just accepts the perception and impact their statements bring to your goods/service.

    When it’s your money and marketshare that is on the line and your employee is acting a fool to your consumer base, we’ll see how staunch you are about how you think Free Speech is supposed to work.

    Your alleged belief that you can say anything at anytime w/o consequence is akin to Michele Bachman saying that she believes a 100% of everything you earn, you should keep. It’s a bold face lie that never has and never will be supported by the laws of this Country.

  273. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:31 PM

    God, protect me from completely retarded liberals that follow Obamaderp and are really just anti-American, abortion loving, military hating socialist primordial slime.

  274. countsnail says: Oct 6, 2011 12:31 PM

    Those who think that Hank Williams Jr.’s firing stems from this little incident alone are nuts. Hank has gotten into a lot of hot water in the past few years, including an assault on a waitress.

    This was simply the straw that broke the hick’s back.

  275. luckyarmpit says: Oct 6, 2011 12:31 PM

    Good. Now maybe these other “opinionated” celebrities/musicians/famous people will learn to keep their collective mouths shut when on a national stage. While HWJ is entitled to his opinion, he needs to remember that we live in a hyper-sensitive society… and with 24/7 news outlets, instant online presences (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), anything you say can and will make it ’round the world pretty darn quick. And the Internet is forever… what you say or do cannot be erased.

    Freedom of speech does NOT mean the right to spout off the first thing that comes to your mind, and not having to suffer the consequences.

    Expensive lesson, eh Hank?

  276. ghost072 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:32 PM

    To people who keep saying that Hank didn’t compare Obama to Hitler: Yes, he did.

    Hank called our President THE ENEMY and used an analogy where he cast Obama and Boehner as Hitler and Netanyahu. Unless Netanyahu has ever been an enemy of the United States of America, then Hank was implying that Obama is Hitler in his analogy and no amount of dissembling or misdirection is going to change that. Whatever you think of our current Commander in Chief, using this type of language (calling him the enemy is worse than his analogy, IMO) is disgraceful and embarrassing to any company associated with Hank Williams Jr. He deserved to be fired, period.

  277. canjura says: Oct 6, 2011 12:33 PM

    prnandhomeless: Bravo, I couldn’t have same it better myself. I stopped reading after that.

  278. waxedagain says: Oct 6, 2011 12:34 PM

    It’s probably no coincidence that Williams made his comments on the ultra right wing FOX News channel. That channel is a the bully pulpit vs. Obama and all things ‘liberal’. Had Williams make the same comments in a general interview, they probably would not have been so controversial. ABC probably felt it was forced to respond to a high profile attack by the Tea Party network.

  279. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    Now you may not like Obama, you may not’ve voted for him, but he’s your President.

    Now you don’t drop the Hitler bomb, that’s just dumb but something else I take more umbridge with further in his statement… He says Obama and Biden “are the ENEMY”… Isn’t that treason?

    And another dumb quote from former PA Gov. Ed Rendell.. Compared the need for someone in the Eagles locker room to stand up and get things moving “like the guy on flight 93 who stood up and said “Lets Roll””

    Dumb talking heads…

  280. dirtydrynn27 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    To hell with Hank Hating Williams!!!! How can anyone with a half of a brain blame Obama for the shape this country is in! If you want to place the blame on somebody Then you should go to the beginning!!! The Bush administration,where it all began!!!!!….Hate to pull the race card here but I know plenty of you hate this man just because of his skin color,It was all good when Bush was ruining this country but when Obama gets in the oval office everybody is hating on him real heavy! Who in the Hell do you think could`ve came in and fix that mess that Bush left behind…..Nobody so go suck a door knob Hank!!!

  281. carlv49 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:36 PM

    Good riddance, I never liked your lame NFL song or any other of them I have ever heard. You would never be anything without your grandfathers name anyway just like your father.
    An embarrassment to my race. Maybe F.N. will give you a job.

  282. jagsgrl says: Oct 6, 2011 12:36 PM

    everyone has the right to free speech, but that doesnt mean that you dont have any responsibilty for it. When you make a comment as ignorant and foolish as that you should expect some repercussions. I for one dont believe my employer, a very high profile company, would endorse me if I made such a ridiculous comment. its not really whether you support Obama or not, this is still our country and if you love your country you dont make deragotory, inflammatroy statements about your president for the whole world to see. It make our entire country look stupid, and this guy should not expect to be featured on national tv every week. Im sure he has a bright future at fox news though

  283. oldhamletman says: Oct 6, 2011 12:38 PM

    emma333 hit it on the head that Hitler remarks are unacceptable always… thumbs up that comment and get it over 1000 ups…

  284. memphisyinzer says: Oct 6, 2011 12:39 PM

    I have 2 suggestions.

    One is to bring the lady (Faith Hill?) over from SNF on NBC to do her song on MNF. Although, I doubt NBC would allow her to split loyalties and sing the song over there.

    The second is to take the hard driving music (whatever the name of it is) that they use after Hank’s song and play it in its entirity, with montages of highlights of MNF games over the years, including shots of Dandy Don, Giff and even Howard. Change the montages every week to keep them fresh. After all these years, there have got to be a ton of them.

  285. favreforever says: Oct 6, 2011 12:40 PM

    Mini crisis in Nashville as all the city’s cab drivers and waiters fail to show up for work today. Busy scrawling out C.&W. groaners with a football theme.

  286. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 6, 2011 12:41 PM

    mumakata says:
    Oct 6, 2011 10:41 AM
    Obama is not Hitler. Obama wishes he could be like hitlet and get the entire nation to fall in love with him and do his bidding. Obama is just a bully and a narcissist. Any person that votes for him next year is a bad person and a bad American.

    ——————————————–

    As well as anyone who thumbed up this comment. Move to Canada.

  287. jm1122 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:42 PM

    “The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.”
    …while that is sad, the truly pathetic part is all of the people posting that they actually agree with this incoherent babbling…
    …thankfully, unless you hang out at nascar events, you’ll never have to hear another word about hank williams jr or his lame mnf intro…but the real question is how do we get faith hill to go on fox news & make ignorant statements until she gets canned too?

  288. FinFan68 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:42 PM

    This is not a free speech issue. It is a PC issue. His comment offended people; ESPN is afraid those people will retaliate by not watching; they removed the offender.

    Some people look for anything to complain about or a cause to champion. They overreact and blow things out of proportion either to promote themselves or injure others. These people need to stop being so sensitive, shallow, artificial and petty. If what he said actually offended you then you have an issue bigger than his.

    All you guys bashing his song are going to be begging them to bring it back when they cater to the “family” audience and intro with a rousing performance by Justin Bieber or something by the cast of Glee.

  289. dadawg77 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:43 PM

    Is this just me or does this remind anyone of the issue with Gregg Easterbrook and TMQ a few years ago?

  290. scottyd27 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:44 PM

    I supported the Dixie Chicks right to say whatever they want. I couldn’t even boycott them because I didn’t listen to their music.

    But who the hell is going to ask me “are you ready for some football?” it’s like an invitation to a party.

  291. msjandmine says: Oct 6, 2011 12:45 PM

    seriously well I guess you can no longer freely speak your mind. disgusted…..if he would have made that comment about Bush, it would have been allowed by ESPN but since it was spoken about the “The Great One” Obama he had to be repraminded…… Wake up people….

  292. catman72 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:47 PM

    Good, it was time for a change anyways.

    Hank doesn’t seem to understand that your employer has a right to fire you for exercising your 1st amendment rights.

  293. oxyvikadin says: Oct 6, 2011 12:48 PM

    Not sure I really care. But whatever ESPN does, they better find a way to keep Faith Hill in the MNF intro!

    mmmmmm goood.

  294. harbourimages says: Oct 6, 2011 12:48 PM

    Thank GOD! Now I won’t have to hit the mute button every Monday night as I did when this “singer” started his horrid screaming! Listening to him was as bad as fingernails on a blackboard! Good for ESPN. The guy’s proven himself to be an obnoxious, in your face idiot! GOOD RIDDANCE!

  295. kostonian says: Oct 6, 2011 12:50 PM

    Are you ready for some white trash… a southern redneck- trailer- trash- party…

    Great new lyrics, and very accurate too.

  296. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 6, 2011 12:53 PM

    philvil41 says: Oct 6, 2011 10:34 AM
    Who gives a crap.Although Hank was right about the idiot in the White House.
    ************

    Examples of Obama sending his political enemies to concentration camps?

    Please be VERY specific.

  297. Deb says: Oct 6, 2011 12:55 PM

    I wish Americans on both sides of the political spectrum would act like adults. Nevermind debating the meaning of his Hitler analogy. It was absurd for Williams to rant that the President of the United States is the “enemy,” then claim he respects the office. If he did, he could have disagreed with the policies without personal attack. And the same goes for the Dixie Chicks in their comments about Bush. We need to engage in productive, adult dialogue, not infantile name-calling.

    I thought ESPN should have ignored Williams rather than making him and his remarks front-page news. I’ve enjoyed the MNF song, but it’s over and time to move on.

  298. supashug says: Oct 6, 2011 12:56 PM

    Hank lends to one great question

    WTF are Boehner and Obama going golfing for. Can’t solve issues in comfy offices? Need a golf course??? For Christs sake its the oval office, pull up a chair and get to freakin work ass clowns.

    Some of us like Cromartie have mouths to feed and dislike watching the DJ dive 300 pts a day

  299. favreforever says: Oct 6, 2011 12:57 PM

    Drunk as usual, Hank boldly proclaimed, “You can’t quit me cause I’m fired!”.

    But when he woke up the next morning after being reamed out by his wife, he realized he was onto something. Picked up his guitar and began to strum…..

    “You cain’t quit me cause I’m fah’red,
    Bubbles don’t say yer sick an tah’red,
    Allus thought you were my honey,
    But yer just here fer the money,
    Please don’t quit my cause Ah’m fah’red!”

  300. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 6, 2011 12:58 PM

    squabbbler says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:03 AM
    The sad part is that plenty of people will believe that Hank wasn’t fired, and that he actually did quit.

    From ESPN’s October 3rd statement:
    “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.

    How can you fire someone that’s not an employee?

    ———————————————-

    The other side of that coin is how can you quit a company you don’t work for?

  301. londonfletcher says: Oct 6, 2011 12:58 PM

    I wonder if he quoted his old buddy Johnny Paycheck and told them to take that job and shove it.

  302. rrmkm says: Oct 6, 2011 12:59 PM

    The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech. What happened to being able so express your opinion with no repercussions? Even Hank Williams Jr. has opinions!!

  303. phreakin says: Oct 6, 2011 1:00 PM

    First things first. Can someone tell me exactly what he did wrong? He used an extreme hyperbole to describe Boehner playing golf with Clinton. He was right in the hyperbole.

    Second, I am “shocked” that the mouse got their panties in a bunch about it. Well shocked meaning that they are HUGE donors and supporters of Obama and the fact that they’re using being offended as an excuse. Call it for what it is Disney, HWJ did nothing to your favorite son, but they called you on it so you had to bow down and do something.

  304. bopkova007 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:01 PM

    MNF or Hank?? Bye Hank!

  305. billh1947 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    Its too bad Hank jr. let his Republican politics and beliefs get in the way of a good thing,I dont care if its a first amendment right or not,an American citizen has no right to accuse any standing or ex President of the USA of being like Hitler,he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has acted like the spoiled brat he is most of his life,he never was as he thought, bigger than the game itself,thank you NFL for standing up to patriotism and getting rid of him,he has shown a side of himself most people didnt know,nice going Junior.

  306. rwf1984 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    Awww………….someone is trying to save face! I quit not fired!!!!!!!!!! Well if ESPN didn’t let you go you would still be working, so that means yes you are fired! Are you ready? I said are you ready? Are you ready to see Hank on a coach from now on? Here comes the moon shine!!!!!!!!!!!

  307. bobhk says: Oct 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You [ESPN] stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment, Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

    Hank, you moron, this was not about freedom of speech. If you are stupid enough to compare anyone with hitler, people who are representing (espn) have a right not have you represent them.
    You’d understand that if you had an ounce of gray matter.

  308. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:05 PM

    Stunning that ESPN is Jewish owned and they voted in droves for ObamaHitler who has done everything he can to destroy Israel. Even the chosen have been deceived by the anti-christ like the sheep here.

  309. alwidgets says: Oct 6, 2011 1:06 PM

    Good, another redneck that Bit the Dust.

  310. Amadeus says: Oct 6, 2011 1:07 PM

    Another victim of the Word and Thought Police.

  311. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:07 PM

    AMAZING that ESPN is Jewish owned and they voted in droves for ObamaHitler who has done everything he can to destroy Israel. Even the chosen have been deceived by the anti-christ like the sheep here.

  312. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:08 PM

    Shocking… that ESPN is Jewish owned and they voted in droves for ObamaHitler who has done everything he can to destroy Israel. Even the chosen have been deceived by the anti-christ like the sheep here.

  313. pigskinswag says: Oct 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    Classic case of the guy who got dumped, but tells everyone that he dumped her or they both agreed to see other people.

  314. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    billh1947 says:Oct 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    Its too bad Hank jr. let his Republican politics and beliefs get in the way of a good thing,I dont care if its a first amendment right or not,an American citizen has no right to accuse any standing or ex President of the USA of being like Hitler…

    ***Wrong clueless… Obama is Hitler, only worse.

  315. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    wow the ignorance on this page makes me sad. the comments above supporting Hank Williams Jr. and comparing Obama to Hitler have made me give up faith in America. once i’m out of college i’m moving to Europe. you people are truly grade A idiots.

  316. phreakin says: Oct 6, 2011 1:11 PM

    I love the people saying that HWJ called Obama Hitler or compared him to Hitler. Uhh, no he didn’t. Stop being force fed and seek the information on your own.

  317. dadsman28 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:11 PM

    I guess he quit because he’s got so many other gigs lined up than are better than what he had? He’s got the right to say what he’d like and ESPN has the right to fire him if he doesn’t represent what they’re all about. Clearly, Hank didn’t realize that he was just being paid to sing and then shut up.

  318. starderup says: Oct 6, 2011 1:11 PM

    Toes of The First Amendment????

    That’s enough right there for dismissal.
    ‘You can’t quit me. I’m fired!’

  319. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 6, 2011 1:15 PM

    I told Hank before the show… should’ve went with the Pol Pot and Ghandi reference…

  320. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:17 PM

    And here comes the Nazi free speech police to delete anything anti-obama and praise Bush haters.

  321. glac1 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:20 PM

    Hank! Next time criticize someone conservative! The ignorant leftist leaning bias media would have given you a raise….

  322. jayrandle says: Oct 6, 2011 1:22 PM

    Hank can do the intro song for when Sarah Palin gets off her travel bus for her ‘America tour’ or maybe he can perform at Governour Perry hunting ranch.

    His options are open!

  323. drbob117 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:23 PM

    I don’t think people realize how dangerous it is to say” Well, no 1st amendment was violated here because they don’t throw him in jail” Yes, technically, you’re right. But when a society that is ‘of the people and for the people’ intentionally sets out to marginalize and sanction people in private settings because they don’t agree with him ( I don’t agree with Williams for instance, that the comparison he made is valid); they are very close to electing government officials who would do the same. If you don’t stand up for your ideals, you run the risk of losing them in ALL situations.

  324. joetoronto says: Oct 6, 2011 1:25 PM

    Your roads have been sold and you don’t even know about it. That’s right, America doesn’t even own it’s own roads anymore.

    You don’t have any rights anymore, but that’s OK, better to focus on politics and whether to vote Democratic, Republican or Tea Party.

    Holy crap.

  325. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    tampajoey says: Oct 6, 2011 10:37 AM
    Now the NFL should pull Monday Night Football from ESPN
    ***********

    Why? Most people under the age of 30 think that song is incredibly gay and overrated.

    It sucks. Move on.

  326. kingufr says: Oct 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    billh1947 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    Its too bad Hank jr. let his Republican politics and beliefs get in the way of a good thing,I dont care if its a first amendment right or not,an American citizen has no right to accuse any standing or ex President of the USA of being like Hitler,he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has acted like the spoiled brat he is most of his life,he never was as he thought, bigger than the game itself,thank you NFL for standing up to patriotism and getting rid of him,he has shown a side of himself most people didnt know,nice going Junior.

    And yet ESPN manages to find time to bring on Kieth Olberman at least once a week….try looking on youtube for some of his rants about Bush.

  327. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Oct 6, 2011 1:27 PM

    I don’t know what’s worse, ESPN, lefties thinking freedom of speech only applies to them or the hundreds of idiots showing their support for ESPN here.

  328. skids003 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:28 PM

    No, Mike, the sad thing is that he’s right, his 1st amendment rights are trampled. And what he actually said was spun.

    He forgot that only liberals and the liberal media have Freedom of Speech.

  329. fcs34 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:29 PM

    “As well as anyone who thumbed up this comment. Move to Canada.”

    Uh yeah about that. We’re good up here, keep your nut jobs. We’re trying to cut back. Thanks.

  330. desertrat11 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    Why doesn’t the buffoon in charge at the White House step in and have another beer summit like the Gates/Crowley one? HWJ and Boehner could watch a little Monday Night Football with him and the prez could remind the people in this country that there are far more important issues to discuss than a stupid analogy used by a redneck singer.

  331. granadafan says: Oct 6, 2011 1:31 PM

    I’d love to see the reaction of the far right wingers and the extremists that are the teabaggers if if an announcer at ESPN stated that Fox “News” was run like the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Or what would their reaction be if he stated that Tea Party rallies were like the Nurenberg rallies full of brownshirts and white supremacists or looked eerily similar to a KKK convention with all the racism being spewed by Dick Perry, Sarah Palin, and Herman Cain.

    They’d be calling for ESPN to fire him and rightly so. However, the announcer could not be thrown in jail as he exercised his right to free speech. The extreme far right wingers/ irrational Obama haters defending Hank Williams clearly have no clue what the Constitution and the 1st Amendment says or don’t have any understanding of it. They have to wait to be told what to think by Rush or Glenn Beck or Fox “News”.

  332. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:31 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:Oct 6, 2011 1:10 PM

    wow the ignorance on this page makes me sad. the comments above supporting Hank Williams Jr. and comparing Obama to Hitler have made me give up faith in America. once i’m out of college i’m moving to Europe. you people are truly grade A idiots.

    *** I will buy you a one way ticket, clueless.

  333. jamkarat says: Oct 6, 2011 1:31 PM

    His poor taste, and his ignorance of 1st amendment issues aside; it was past time for the old man to go. He is irrelevant to the game itself.

  334. jamkarat says: Oct 6, 2011 1:34 PM

    logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:05 PM

    Stunning that ESPN is Jewish owned and they voted in droves for ObamaHitler who has done everything he can to destroy Israel. Even the chosen have been deceived by the anti-christ like the sheep here.

    You should seek therapy-sooner rather than later.

  335. clayton43 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:36 PM

    Sorry to see him go and even more sorry he has to go over something like this.

  336. ridle9 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:38 PM

    Typical liberal slant of ESPN. If HW would have criticized Bush or any conservative for that matter they would have ignored it and said it has nothing to do with MNF. But because all that comes out of Bristol is liberal slush…this is what they do.
    Maybe they can hire Olberman back too.
    This is why I don’t watch Sportscenter. Ridiculous.

  337. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    @logan1980

    please do. that’ll save me a good chunk of change.

  338. steeelfann says: Oct 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    Don’t worry Hank. The PC police arrested you. Can’t say anything any more because the mainstream media will seek to destroy you. They did the same thing to Reggie White, best man who ever walked on a football field. They don’t agree with him and he was shunned forever. The talking heads (who don’t do anything but, uhm just talk) made sure they screwed Reggie over after he retired. They try to ignore Herman Cain even though he is the frontrunner (they fear Herman), and they did it to you. Just think how nice it will be to get away from their hypocrisy. Hey great job for all these years!!! Love the openings. Stay true. Don’t let the commies shut you down!!!!

  339. breakfastbarron says: Oct 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    I’ll bet if there was a way to poll all NFL fans, less than 20% would be in favor of Hank’s firing. Yea, he said something stupid, but it’s not that big of a deal that people would stop watching MNF. A politically correct move by ESPN, that’s all.

  340. steeelfann says: Oct 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    Also, kinda funny when Michael Irvin mentioned Tony Romo’s ancestors as “there was somebody in the woodpile”. Hmmmm, odd he gets to keep his loud mouth flapping. Wonder what would happen if say……………Ron Jaworski said that?

    ESPN
    CNN
    ABC
    NBC
    CBS
    MSN

    All the above networks retard your mind.

  341. KeepitReal says: Oct 6, 2011 1:47 PM

    Obama was responsible for the stock market crash, 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. You tell’em Hank. I can see why you’re not a fan! 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”

  342. therealsmiley says: Oct 6, 2011 1:47 PM

    I hear a lot of cryin’ and not enough football. Who cares?! Hail!!

  343. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 6, 2011 1:49 PM

    carranomx says: Oct 6, 2011 10:33 AM
    ESPN is a joke. Their commentators are a bunch of brainless morons. Such a bunch of politically correct fools running the network. Don’t speak your mind.
    **************

    Private organizations do not have to adhere to First Amendment of the US Constitution. If you work for a company, you don’t get to speak your mind.

    It is what it is.

  344. ruwetoddid says: Oct 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    Me no understand gibberish from Hank Hitler Jr.

  345. birdpilot says: Oct 6, 2011 1:55 PM

    skids003, logan1980 and friends:

    What part of “Carlson: “You used the name of one of the most hated people in all the world to describe the president”. Hank Jr.: “That is true. I’m just telling it like it is.” (EXACT QUOTES!! See the YouTube video of the interview) don’t you understand?? Are y’all really so stupid? How can you HONESTLY say that HWJ DIDN’T compare the President with Hitler DIRECTLY, when he says so himself?

    Or just maybe y’all ain’t honest.

    Take your pick: dishonest or stupid!

  346. 8man says: Oct 6, 2011 1:56 PM

    I never liked that song. It played to the redneck-football stereotype. It’s gotten stale. Time for a change anyway.

    Then again, I’m old and yearn for Cosell, Meredith and Gifford in the booth.

  347. midwestguru says: Oct 6, 2011 1:57 PM

    Im sure some credible media outlet like FOX News will hire him lol.

  348. moochzilla says: Oct 6, 2011 1:58 PM

    His sloppy drunkenness was what make it fire-able. That’s what made it hard to clean up.

    In vino veritas, ya know?

    Maybe Fox can hire him to do their pre-game clown act? I mean, what corporate exec wouldn’t want to shell out hundred of thousands to see zero bump is the ratings?

  349. moochzilla says: Oct 6, 2011 2:01 PM

    “I’ll bet if there was a way to poll all NFL fans, less than 20% would be in favor of Hank’s firing.”

    Who cares?

    If you polled all Fortune 500 CEO’s, 100% would be in favor of Hank’s firing, as well as ESPN’s right to do so.

  350. yabecoo says: Oct 6, 2011 2:02 PM

    Based on the fact that ESPN is a shameless PC shill and lickspittle of the left, DNC and Obama and their constant selective outrage of all things said by conservatives, I’ll believe Hank Jr’s side of the story.

  351. deathmonkey41 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:03 PM

    Yeah, like ESPN is worried that it’s listeners will be hurt by these comments. If they were so concerned about the people watching football, they wouldn’t have put us through the torture of Chris Berman and Stuart Scott all these years.

  352. thisplaceisclownshoes says: Oct 6, 2011 2:05 PM

    BRING ON THE CREED!!!

  353. transam95 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:15 PM

    I am getting sick of people getting fired for saying a comment that is blown out of proportion. America is so great now with all the liberals and gay lovers. Hitler…….. I hope i dont get fired for saying such a horrible word.

  354. chitownmatt says: Oct 6, 2011 2:19 PM

    Hank Williams’ MNF intro was really starting to get old…

    They needed to freshen that up anyway.

    While they are at it, can someone PLEASE tell FOX that that stupid dancing robot needs to be executed or electrocuted or crushed in a industrial press… however you kill a robot. Just get it done!!!

  355. ladystpaul says: Oct 6, 2011 2:19 PM

    Personally, I liked the intro to MNF and don’t give a crap about HW Jr.’s political beliefs or statements.

    Of course, he is right about O’bama. It’s ridiculous that he couldn’t solve in 3 years the mess GWB had spent the last 8 years creating for him. When did the first bailout start? I don’t know, but I’ll tell you what, it’s the last time I vote for an irishman!

  356. packattack920 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:30 PM

    Now if only Faith Hill would say something dumb so I don’t have to listen to her………….

  357. psdaleno says: Oct 6, 2011 2:33 PM

    hank, i believe that you quit.

    sincerely, ” high school kid who tells friends, after getting dumped, that breakup with girlfriend was both their idea.”

  358. flyinga2 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:36 PM

    Congratulations on invoking your rights to Freedom of Speech. You handily bared to the world your true persona: a gifted voice dyed in the wool anti-semitic Redneck Hillbilly with a penchant for hate remarks. Now buy youself some Dr Scholl’s as you troll on the unemployment line.

  359. logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:37 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says:Oct 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    @logan1980

    please do. that’ll save me a good chunk of change.

    ***Just like the rest of you coward losers including Hollyweird that were going to leave if Bush got re-elected. You girls are still here. Get ready to leave again after obamahitler is voted out in a landslide.

  360. edpeters101 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:41 PM

    Free of Hank, thank God we’re free at last! Maybe Monday Night Football will now take a look at being a football program instead of a mish-mash of everything that can’t make it on prime time TV..

  361. ninethourpm says: Oct 6, 2011 2:42 PM

    Boycott ESPN. They fired hank for his opinion so if you disagree with their political opinions fire them for theirs.

  362. steelers1981 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:44 PM

    nysaysbringit says:

    Really?…The “progressives” get to make those references all the time! In 2012 hopefully..I will be able to say ..”Glad THIER gone”
    ___________________________________

    I don’t usually comment on spelling but… apparently you’ll have to SAY it because you can’t SPELL

  363. anarchopurplism says: Oct 6, 2011 2:45 PM

    The most stupid part of HW comments were that he used Hitler & Netanyahu as his comparisons. How about someone during Hitler’s era……say Churchill? At least get your history straight!

    Secondly, his free-speech wasn’t violated. Show me how your contract was violated Hank! Is the government coming after you? You made-up a jingle that was oft-repeated leading to an easy gravy train. You have a right to speak your mind and ESPN has a right to decide who they choose to do their little jingles (even if they are Obama loving, left-wing & anti-semitic sensitive).

    Everything else is just PC BS. You cannot be a conservative in this country and expect to make any comment that could be viewed or construed as “anti semitic.” The media is absolutely dominated by people who are very sensitive in this area. If you are in the jingle business, you should be aware of these unwritten rules.

    Hank, if you kept your analogy to Yankees-Redsox, Bird-Magic or Hatfield-McCoy……the gravy train would still flow.

    Lastly, similar to John Tesh’s little ditty for the NBA on NBC, Hank’s song was NEVER cool. It was super cheesy and only fun because of the excitement of watching FOOTBALL ON A WORK NIGHT BABY!!!

  364. falstaffsmind says: Oct 6, 2011 2:47 PM

    I would approach the Black Eyed Peas about using Let’s Get It Started. I would rather be looking at Fergie anyway.

  365. bunkmcnulty says: Oct 6, 2011 2:47 PM

    Randon thoughts –

    Amazing the ignorance of so many on here. Maybe even stunning.

    To an extent, wasn’t ABC/ESPN playing with fire by having this guy on their show? Has anyone heard his “If the South Would Have Won” song. Biggoted anthem there! All I can say is that if the South would have Won, we can only hope in the second revolution somebody would have taken out Williams’ ancestors.

    Free speech for Hank exists. He is allowed to say what he did. But a company he did work for is also allowed to protect their image/product and never use him again. I actually think they were very kind in their released statement. I would not have given him that much credit.

    Last, anyone who thinks that any and all major media outlets would not have done the same thing as ABC/ESPN is truly clueless. Regardless of political slants of the network, HWJ would have been shown the door by all. This is how the real world works.

  366. dstep24 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:49 PM

    td40 says:
    Oct 6, 2011 12:08 PM
    Hey all you “free speech advocates” who are whining and defending old Hank and crapping all over everything you perceive as “liberal”- please notice that all of your comments have a huge “thumbs down” majority. Yes, even here on a football forum where you would think maybe there’d be a larger balance of people who are “conservatives, the vast majority still think your views are wrong. So goes the rest of the country.
    __________________________________

    Right…cuz the President’s national approval rating is through the roof isn’t it?

  367. ravensfan4life52 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:51 PM

    @logan1980

    I never said i was gonna leave if Bush got re-elected. Kerry was a punk. but way to generalize and talk out your rear end. and there is not a single republican who is worth voting for now. I’m not saying Obama is great, but he’s better than anyone else who’s running. the tea party is nothing but the Klan in street clothing. but hey you can call me clueless or whatever i really don’t care. now, if you’ll allow me to generalize as you do, feel free to go back to your miserable life in the trailer park, drink some bud, and beat your wife.

  368. adia1769 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    Whatever happened to unbiased news reporting? I really don’t care what you think is “sad”. Just report the facts, we’re smart people and can draw our own conclusions.

  369. moshulu says: Oct 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    Like I said in an earlier post, I used to rock to the MNF opening of “Are You Ready for some Football,” but hey, he crossed the line, so he gotta go.

    Now, on whether he was fired or “he left,” and alcoholic, drug abuser will always take the way that will try to make them look better, i.e., “I quit!”

    Personally, it’s good to “out,” closet racists. I respect the Klan more that those who hide behind their racism.

  370. dasher521 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:57 PM

    I wish Hank and his tens of fans all the fun in the world sitting around sing his song. Without his name, he would never have had the gig to begin with. He’s lucky he’s had it as long as he has. He’s made a lot of money with his one trick pony. If he wants to keep that money coming in he should choose his words more carefully. There is free speech, but when mixed with free commerce – there are consequences.

  371. falstaffsmind says: Oct 6, 2011 2:58 PM

    Freedom of speech hardly guarantees freedom from consequences. It just means he can’t be arrested for his careless simile. Which when you think about it, is an amazing freedom. If he had done the same thing in many of the countries in the world, his life may have been forfeit.

    I will say this though… aside the controversy, his assertion that there is something wrong with political rivals playing a round of golf is patently unamerican. We are a country that discusses and debates our differences; hopefully cordially with mutual respect and good will.

  372. dasher521 says: Oct 6, 2011 2:59 PM

    I wish Hank and his tens of fans all the fun in the world sitting around singing his song. Without his name, he would never have had the gig to begin with. He’s lucky he’s had it as long as he has. He’s made a lot of money with his one trick pony. If he wants to keep that money coming in he should choose his words more carefully. There is free speech, but when mixed with free commerce – there are consequences.

  373. jjbadd says: Oct 6, 2011 3:10 PM

    Everyone keeps saying that ESPN didn’t fire him for what he said, & its not a matter of freedom of speech. Ok, pretend Hank never made the statement at all. Would he still be employed by ESPN? Probably, so then it is ESPN trying to infringe on a man’s right to speak freely, without reprocussion. ESPN lost respect from alot of people including me, a loong time ago. This just illustrates why..

  374. jackfnburton says: Oct 6, 2011 3:11 PM

    Of course. Everyone who has ever been fired claims they quit.

    And how do you quit, Hank? Quit WHAT? You already wrote the song. It’s not like you had to DO anything but squeeze yourself into a pair of chaps and film a promo once in a while.

  375. stevem7 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:12 PM

    Just another example of why ESPN will always be a 2nd rate, nobody watches network. Hank isn’t going to miss them and the way the NFL is going with frisking people and charging so much money they are pricing themselves out of a business as well. Then ESPN can ‘fire’ them as well.

  376. moochzilla says: Oct 6, 2011 3:14 PM

    “Boycott ESPN. They fired hank for his opinion so if you disagree with their political opinions fire them for theirs.”

    Said the guy who will be watching ESPN in three hours.

  377. alaricsrevenge says: Oct 6, 2011 3:15 PM

    Is this ProPoliticalTalk.getreal? or what?

  378. brocephus says: Oct 6, 2011 3:16 PM

    Good riddance you ignorant, redneck rube & to hell with anyone who disagrees! ESPN & all of us will be much better without you!!

  379. favreforever says: Oct 6, 2011 3:18 PM

    Drunk, stupid, and dressing like a member of The Village People is no way to go through life, Hank.

  380. waxedagain says: Oct 6, 2011 3:19 PM

    “ESPN will no longer have access to the music or words because Williams owns the publishing rights, the master recordings and the song. ”

    Obviously most of Williams detractors know very little about the smokey local nature of country music. Williams has a cult following that doesn’t need MNF. In fact, MNF caused him a lot of criticism from his core fans for ‘ selling out’. He has always been known for his strong opinions, and getting booted by ABC has probably made him a cult hero in some sectors. I never saw the connection between football and Williams anyway – he is more of a NASCAR character.

  381. lance19 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:22 PM

    @sparty0n says
    “…the SAD part is that plenty people will actually believe that Hank compared Obama to Hitler….the headlines read ‘Hank compares Obama to Hitler’, which he did not do! But the drones will believe he did.”

    Well, when Gretchen pointed out that Williams
    “…used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the President”

    Williams responded:
    “Well that’s true. That IS true.
    But I’m telling you like it is.”

    So, please, sparty0n, explain how the mean
    ol’ media is misrepresenting what Williams said.

  382. moochzilla says: Oct 6, 2011 3:27 PM

    Wax,

    I agree, it’s good news for him that he lost his highest paying and most visible gig.

    We should all be so lucky.

  383. critter69 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:28 PM

    Text of the First Amendment:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Apparently some believe that ESPN is Congress? If you do, they have an annual meeting where you can vote for anyone for the Board of Directors.

    As for Congress? Every two years, you can vote for (or against) your current Congresscritter, and maybe vote for (or against) your current Senator (they have six-year terms, which means they come up for election every six years).

    Yes, the Amendment does state ‘Congress shall make no law’, but for it to be a law, it must pass both chambers of Congress, then be signed by the President. So the President can’t just shut down a news source. Otherwise, do you think President Obama would allow Faux News to keep ‘broadcasting’ ‘fair and balanced’ reports of Germans being massacred at Malmedy, or reports of people doing ‘terrorist fist bumps’?

  384. bunkmcnulty says: Oct 6, 2011 3:29 PM

    Since when is it Political Correctness to be against slinging around Hitler’s name like he is just some sort of a minor negative figure historically?

    While I am against using the N word, or the word “Retard,” and similar types of hurtful speech, I understand that some people think I am being too PC.

    But really, using Hitler in an analogy regarding the President? Criticising that is too PC? How many millions does one have to kill before the use of their name in analogy is just simply wrong?

  385. beerjoust says: Oct 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    So the fat, fugly, no talent, hazbin, racist Hank Williams Jr. has be fired for opening his fat, fugly, no talent, hazbin, racist mouth….good riddance.

  386. ravenshaterssuckdonkeydick says: Oct 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    What did everyone expect? It’s Disney!! They have to maintain their squeeky clean image.

    Of course, some people forget that ESPN brought in Rush Limbaugh for a little stint. Guess that was OK because it was pre-Barry.

    And this is what happens when you speak out against Barry. Your labeled as a racist.

  387. billyhoyle4real says: Oct 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    Um, ESPN did step all over the toes of the 1st Amendment. It’s Hank’s right to speak his mind and not give a damn what ESPN or it’s Disney affiliates think. I think ESPN has been waiting for Hank to slip up so it could part ways with the old and make room for the Black Eyed Peas or Justin Beiber or some lame female American Idol contestant. Just like the halftime show is a waste, they just ruined one of the great openings to a sporting event. Sadly we will all suffer through another pop music one hit wonder. Way to go ESPN…

  388. critter69 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:45 PM

    waxedagain?

    I hope William TRIES to do a cover of ‘ Take This Job and Shove It!’ to relaunch his career, but it falls flatter than a pancake. Maybe then we’d get a final riddance to his sad act.

  389. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 6, 2011 3:47 PM

    Poor deighton95. One minute earlier and he would be universally loved. Instead, he’s hated.

  390. bobhk says: Oct 6, 2011 3:49 PM

    billyhoyle4real says:
    Oct 6, 2011 3:36 PM
    Um, ESPN did step all over the toes of the 1st Amendment. It’s Hank’s right to speak his mind and not give a damn what ESPN or it’s Disney affiliates think.
    ———————
    You are about as clueless as they come. Hank does have right to say his mind (per 1st amendment). But ESPN (and anyone else) has a right to not have Hank (or anyone else) not represent them based on their views/actions. This is independent whether Hank thinks his views are right or wrong. Personally, I think anyone who compares anyone to Hitler has no historical sense of what Hitler did.

  391. kane337 says: Oct 6, 2011 3:55 PM

    Hank Williams Jr is an idiot. That being said, didn’t ESPN employ Keith Olbermann for 5 years? When he made disparaging remarks while working for ESPN he was just suspended for 2 weeks. Just saying.

  392. capslockkey says: Oct 6, 2011 3:55 PM

    I know the song has been done to death, but it will take some getting used to not hearing that tired old song before my Monday Night Football. My advice, DO NOT replace it with some new pop act trying to appeal to a younger demographic or whatever. Just stick with the old MNF “dun, dun, dun, duh” theme and call it good.

  393. suhnum1fan says: Oct 6, 2011 4:01 PM

    Kudos ESPN!! This clown HanKKK should have been bounce long time ago…

  394. capslockkey says: Oct 6, 2011 4:02 PM

    Personally, it’s good to “out,” closet racists. I respect the Klan more that those who hide behind their racism.”

    OK? Because wearing pointy white pillowcases on your head so no one can see your face isn’t hiding.

  395. yiterp says: Oct 6, 2011 4:21 PM

    I don’t agree with what he said, but I’ll fight for his right to say it.
    Whatever happened to that famous simi-quote & one of you youngsters remind me of who said it.
    Nathan Hale?
    It’s not like he shouted fire in a public place;He was just giving his opinioin.The fact that it a foolish one to most of us is irrelavent.

  396. mikeb233 says: Oct 6, 2011 4:22 PM

    im not the biggest fan of obama either, but you can’t call the leader of this country hitler and the “enemy”. besides, did anyone see the interview? hank looked like an arrogant turd that needed punched in the face.

  397. jjackwagon says: Oct 6, 2011 4:27 PM

    Hank…Hank…Hank…You have confused freedom of speech with freedom from consequences. The Constitution does not say anything about not be held accountable for your own stupid remarks. Just ask the Dixie Chicks, they haven’t been relavent or popular since their stupid comments and then they cried about not being popular anymore.
    Here is a good rule of thumb for you, if you have a platform that reaches most of america don’t use it to pontificate about your personal political views OR suffer the consquences.

  398. barneyrumble says: Oct 6, 2011 5:06 PM

    If ignorance is bliss there must be a bunch of blissful people on this thread.

  399. braczey29 says: Oct 6, 2011 5:24 PM

    what took so long? hes terrible….are they going to get Snoop finally?

  400. westpacwillie says: Oct 6, 2011 5:36 PM

    Hank Williams Jr;

    Born in ’49 – what did he DO in Vietnam?? Nuthin?? Not even in the service?? Screw him.

  401. Deb says: Oct 6, 2011 5:50 PM

    kane337 says:

    Hank Williams Jr is an idiot. That being said, didn’t ESPN employ Keith Olbermann for 5 years? When he made disparaging remarks while working for ESPN he was just suspended for 2 weeks. Just saying.
    ————————————————
    Wait a minute … Olbermann was just a sportscaster when he worked for ESPN, not a polarizing political commentator. (However, I’m not aware of any ESPN suspension, so maybe I missed something.) Once he became a political commentator, it was just as ridiculous for NBC to hire him for Sunday Night Football as it was for ESPN to hire Limbaugh. Football should be neutral territory.

    It’s a shame Bocephus couldn’t have stuck to singing and spared us this drama, but based on the recent restaurant incident, he was already spiraling out of control before this lunacy. He probably would have disappeared from ESPN anyway in the near future.

  402. occamssabre says: Oct 6, 2011 6:02 PM

    This is what happens when “open minded” Liberals don’t actually listen to the interview.

    He was never comparing Obama to Hitler but rather that Boehner and Obama golfing would be like Hitler and Bibi golfing. They’ve got nothing in common. Oil and water.

    This is why we can’t have nice things!!

  403. kenny1960 says: Oct 6, 2011 6:15 PM

    The best revenge Hank could get is to go write a kick ass tune for Fox Sunday Football, Something that will just make you want to jump out of your seat with anticipation for the upcoming game and do it all with a smile. That network of Obamabots ESPN go screw themselves. Its OK for Kenny Mayne to wish death upon Sarah Palin and her children, But don’t dare say anything negative about the anointed one or your ass is history. I am about tired of their act anyway.

  404. rollerino1 says: Oct 6, 2011 6:24 PM

    So he was referring to Boehner as Hitler? Either way, good riddens.

  405. birdpilot says: Oct 6, 2011 6:41 PM

    occassabre

    I believe YOU are the one who didn’t listen to the entire interview. Just for giggles, read the comments at 12:02, 1:55 and 3:22. Or go to YouTube and watch at the 3:00 mark.

    Gretchen Carlson asked directly if HWJ was using Hitler to describe the President, and he replied “That is true. I’m just telling it like it is.”

    Hard to argue with the video tape!

  406. blackdonnelly says: Oct 6, 2011 6:46 PM

    Deb: Spot on and dead on target – my thoughts exactly.

    It’s flat-out sad the folks who defend Bochunkus to no end won’t watch the video – he was obvious drunk, stoned or both, and just let it all hang out.

    And how many more times has this little nugget have to be pointed out – ESPN’s move to boot him had nothing to do with the 1st Amendment – this was a sound business decision definitely well within their rights to execute.

    Some folks obviously should take a competency test before clogging up bandwidth to spout off about things they refuse to research. C’mon now…..

    Let’s get back to beating up loser football teams and pimping the winners.
    Enough of this.

  407. critter69 says: Oct 6, 2011 6:53 PM

    To those who think the hank williams, jr. opening was ‘traditional’ for MNF, (I’m looking directly at you, ‘cfmaguire9′ and ‘panther17′), what was the song or songs that played on CBS on Monday nights during the 1966 and 1967 seasons? Or on four occasions during the 1968 and 1969 seasons?

    Or are you meaning MNF on a regular basis on the ABC network starting in 1970?

    Or maybe you are meaning MNF on a regular basis on the ABC network starting in 2006?

    If hwj has been on for 25 years (that would have been the 1987 season? MNFs 18th on ABC?), it seems that MNF has been on the air much longer than hwj.

  408. drejoh says: Oct 6, 2011 7:19 PM

    I’ve always longed for the original MNF theme song and always hated the HWJ song.

    He and all the other morons on here complaining about freedom of speech have no idea of what it means. Or maybe Hank does know and is just inciting the idiots with narrow views and lower intelligence.

  409. zeussuperman says: Oct 6, 2011 7:42 PM

    logan1980 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:07 PM

    AMAZING that ESPN is Jewish owned and they voted in droves for ObamaHitler who has done everything he can to destroy Israel. Even the chosen have been deceived by the anti-christ like the sheep here.

    ———————

    So this anti-Semite gets to spew his AM talk radio BS all over this site, and you delete 90% of my posts?

    Great moderating!

  410. bassmaster357 says: Oct 6, 2011 8:03 PM

    Everybody is entitled to an opinion. It is stupid for ESPN to fire someone over an opinion. All he did was tell the truth. The pres. and cogressman are totally different. Espn is just plain stupid. OH by the way bossman if you read this fire me but remember I am a long distance shooter.

  411. wtfruthinkn says: Oct 6, 2011 8:47 PM

    Here is the real problem: guy’s like Hank and all his uneducated, beer-drinkin, nut-scratchin, sh1t-kickin rowdy ass-hole friends get to fill out a ballot. Forget the fact that the song is one of the biggest pieces of sh1t ever recorded. It’s hard for me to fathom how network TV executives could have thought it was a good idea to put that crap on the air in the first place…

  412. wtfruthinkn says: Oct 6, 2011 8:48 PM

    Here is the real problem: guys like Hank and all his uneducated, beer-drinkin, nut-scratchin, sh1t-kickin rowdy ass-hole friends get to fill out a ballot. Forget the fact that the song is one of the biggest pieces of sh1t ever recorded. It’s hard for me to fathom how network TV executives could have thought it was a good idea to put that crap on the air in the first place…

  413. jbravo2312 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:19 PM

    definition of a uneducated redneck hitler comparison…….. there isn’t even a word to describe that, without the monday night football song or his daddy’s name he’s nothing, were never gonna hear from him again……. thank god PS, bearzfan excellent post

  414. hendeeze says: Oct 6, 2011 9:21 PM

    Yea, im sure everyone is going to miss some stupid jingle before a football game. Plus I hate country music. They should stamp it out like ESPN did to Hank

  415. backindasaddle says: Oct 6, 2011 9:26 PM

    ESPN fired him because he didn’t kiss their little pansy arses long and hard enough. This is a case of wildly divergent cultures clashing. Hank comes from the Heartland. He’s home grown and politically conservative. ESPN comes from northeast, Columbia University School of Journalistic Elitistism and Snobbery, and is basically as politically ultra-liberal / socialist / political-correctness-up-the-ying-yang-ed-ness as it gets.

    ESPN is disgusting. I would have loved for Ol’ Hank just to come out and tell them go shove the PC crap where it belongs and then turn around and sue the bastards for every last penny of the remainder of his contract plus damages.

  416. smellmyface says: Oct 6, 2011 9:36 PM

    I use to read comments on here and think who are these fantasy football clowns that know nothing about football posting on here. Now i see its all the fairy libs that come to this site.

    While not a fan of country music that no talent redneck as you tree huggers call him has more than any of you ever will.

    Im really surprised so many of you are on here anyway i would think you were busy in the streets of NY crying for the rich to give you money. Please come to DC and stand in the road and block traffic…I would have no problem pushing you out of the way with my car.

  417. corjar16 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:41 PM

    My god, it was a freakin ANALOGY!!! He wasn’t saying that Obama was like Hitler, he simply said that Obama (a Democrat) playing golf with John Boehner (Republican) was like Hitler playing golf with a Jew. In case you were sick and missed that topic in history class, Hitler didn’t like Jews very much.
    This country has turned into a bunch of butthurt whiners, it’s ridiculous. Why don’t they just go ahead and amend the First Amendment to say: You have the right to freedom of speech, as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?
    WHAAA WHAAA WHAAA just put on a helmet and GET THE HELL OVER IT!!!

  418. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 6, 2011 9:56 PM

    ESPN is for pukes anyways. they’re typical elitist jackholes that believe they have a job that is beyond what anybody could fathom to constitute the american dream. they produce nothing. they manufacture only one thing: complete BS. they are waste.

    If espn was gone tomorrow, the world would not be affected. In fact, the world would be better off because fewer guys would be wasting their time watching that useless garbage, and maybe they would be contributing to society productively. more of you need to realize this.

  419. eddiedeanofny says: Oct 6, 2011 10:16 PM

    ESPN sucks. Leave it to them to write an article that sounds like a 9 year old girl on the playground talking trash about someone. “Too bad some people will believe him” Who cares?! Grow up move on and live with your decision if it was yours. You are behaving like a girl who just got dumped so maybe you did. Morons.

  420. eddiedeanofny says: Oct 6, 2011 10:21 PM

    @ jbravo2312

    when you call someone “uneducated” you might want to make sure you say “AN uneducated so and so” not “a uneductaed so and so” damn, this thing even has spellcheck you moron! LOL

  421. jbravo2312 says: Oct 7, 2011 2:48 AM

    @eddiedeanofny- you obviously dont use spellcheck yourself. Now, AN educated person would have made a relevant response, but you dont fall into that category. We now no you will be eagerly awaiting Hank William Jr’s next album. “Moron” lol

  422. baltimoresportsfan says: Oct 7, 2011 10:06 AM

    Hank was fired. The intro was old and should have been replaced years ago. And Hank was right on. It is a great analogy . The unfortunate thing is in this era of political correctness and lack of courage amongst leaders led to his demise.

  423. nuclearwarfare says: Oct 7, 2011 11:28 AM

    Reading the replies of the rednecks defending Hank Jr. makes me want to pull out a banjo and YEEHAW play until I can’t play anymore.

    But it also makes me wonder how they learned to use a computer? After spending all their money jacking up their 1975 Ford F-150’s, it’s amazing they can even afford computers, let alone learn to use one. It shows true dedication to Hank, since they had to wait all that time to access this site with their dial-up connections.

    Even uttering the words “Obama” and “Hitler” in the same sentence on radio or television is a terrible thing to do. He deserved to be fired.

    Anyways, Hank, the gas station down the street from my home is hiring. I’ll put in a good word for you!

  424. joeh3 says: Oct 8, 2011 11:18 AM

    ESPN was right! Period. Congrats ESPN. Congrats.

  425. rangenius says: Oct 8, 2011 5:36 PM

    Comparing Obama to Hitler is an insult to Hitler. Obama has made a habit of bombing 3rd world defenseless countries, killing innocent citizens. At least Hitler took on the big boys.

  426. jdmcg57 says: Oct 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    A couple of things. When someone is critical of the way one spells or uses the language, please, in your retort, use the language correctly. jbravo, it is: we now KNOW not we now no.
    As for rageenius, it is sad that someone has so much hatred inside to make a statement like that. What 3rd world defenseless country are you referring to?
    Hank Williams said something that was and continues to be offensive to most people. As I said, it is sad that someone harbors that level of hatred, hatred that is truly clouding your judgement.

  427. kappy32 says: Oct 9, 2011 1:30 AM

    I didn’t think what he said was too bad & it was blown out of proportion. He didn’t flat out call Obama Hitler, he merely made a comparison to the bipartisan crap that is going on in Washington. He didn’t even identify Obama as Hitler in his comment; all he said was Boehner & Obama meeting was like Hitler & Netanyahu meeting. It certainly wasn’t the classiest thing to say, but it wasn’t terrible. What is the worst part of it is that he demonstrated no respect for the office. Whether you approve of Obama or not, you must respect the office. My one issue is that when GWB was in office, numerous pundits & other “celebrities” referred to him as Hitler on a constant basis. This never made the news & no on ever lost their jobs for it. It’s unfortunate that everyone is so damn sensitive to obama’s race that anything & everything that can be even remotely misinterpreted as politically incorrect will result in some sort of backlash. The punishment was too harsh in this instance. If ESPN wasn’t in love with Obama, I don’t think he would’ve lost his job.

  428. midnightgreen85 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:24 PM

    hmmm… it’s funny how many people are crying “hypocrisy”… criticizing the president =/= likening the president to hitler… for those saying he wasn’t comparing the president to hitler, watch a little more of the video, he confirmed that it was exactly what he was doing… he called the president of the united states the “enemy”… the enemy of who, exactly? i didn’t agree w/ everything W. did, and i even think he did some stuff detrimental to our country… but in no way would i say he was the “enemy”… i mean, if you think that’s patriotic, then i dunno.. treason is a very serious accusation.. and if you’re accusing the current president of treason, i’d LOVE to hear some reasons… i just think there are some incredibly warped views in this country… and for hank to suggest that there shouldn’t be compromise in our political system.. my goodness, i just can’t imagine how thick some of you people are..

    that being said, i wouldn’t have fired him lol… it’s stupid, for sure… and i can understand why they were embarrassed to be associated w/ someone who calls the leader of the country the “enemy”, but at the same time, i think most americans are smart enough to know that hank’s ignorant positions aren’t held by espn… i think an official statement could’ve cleared all of that up

  429. canadianhonky says: Oct 10, 2011 3:37 PM

    Folks all I can say is look at the picture of Hank..
    Does he look like a happy person who can except change and live a health life style??
    Or is this a person that celebrates negativity as well as poor choices for personal profit/gain…?

    Shave and grow up a little.

  430. macbull says: Oct 10, 2011 7:18 PM

    Hank says he quit…don’t know what all the fuss is about?

    Some people are “gifted” with the ability to sing and play a musical instrument, such as Hank Jr.

    Some people are not “gifted” when it comes to commenting about subjects they know little about, such as Hitler.

    It was clear that Hank Jr wanted everyone to know that he prefers a divided country where certain people (and approx. half of all Americans) are considered his enemy…Hank Jr made his point and now he must live with the consequences.

    Some people should stick to what they are good at, like singing.

  431. fijabbersman345 says: Oct 13, 2011 11:36 AM

    Who actually went through all these freaking comments and liked them?

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