ESPN Pulls Plug on Hank Williams MNF Theme after Obama Reference
ESPN pulls intro after Williams' Obama comments
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) – ESPN is pulling Hank Williams' classic
intro song from Monday night's broadcast of the game between Tampa
Bay and Indianapolis after the country singer used an analogy to
Adolf Hitler in discussing President Barack Obama.
In an interview Monday morning on Fox News' “Fox & Friends,”
Williams said of Obama's outing on the links with House Speaker
John Boehner: “It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.”
Asked to clarify, Williams said: “They're the enemy,” adding
that by “they” he meant Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
In a statement, ESPN said: “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.' We are
extremely disappointed with his comments.”
The network didn't say its statement whether Williams' song,
which features the line “Are you ready for some football?” would
be pulled beyond the Buccaneers-Colts game.
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