If you watched Monday Night Football last night, you saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Indianapolis Colts. What you didn’t see was the familiar ”Are You Ready For Some Football?” opening, sung by Hank Williams Jr. ESPN pulled the song from the broadcast after comments Hank made about President Barack Obama.
Yesterday morning while a guest on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Hank referred to a June golf game with Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the same team, against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever,” reports CNN.
Asked what he didn’t like about it, Hank said, “Come on. That’d be like (Adolf) Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. Not hardly.”
In a statement Monday, ESPN said that while Williams “is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to “Monday Night Football.” We are extremely disappointed with his comments and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
In a statement issued through a representative, Hank acknowledged his analogy was “extreme — but it was to make a point.”
“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” he said. “I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites, and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will.”
Here’s a clip of Hank’s Fox & Friends interview:
Hank said he has “always respected the office of the president.”
Still, he noted, “Every time the media brings up the tea party, it’s painted as racist and extremists — but there’s never a backlash, no outrage to those comparisons … Working-class people are hurting — and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job — it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
According to ESPN, Hank has said he’s interested in running as a Republican in 2012 for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. How do you feel about Hank’s remarks? Leave us a comment below.