ESPN is apparently not over the comments Hank Williams Jr. made comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and based on this news, they don’t plan to be anytime soon. Word is, the sports network, which is owned by ABC, has decided to part ways with the singer following his remarks, which did not go over well at all.
As U.S. citizens, we're fortunate enough to have the right to say what we want in this country, however that doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences for our actions or our words. Such is often the case among those in the entertainment industry, though not all grudges are held as long for some as they are for others. Whether or not people get over Williams’ remarks any time soon, remains to be seen. The singer, known for asking Monday Night Football fans if they're "ready for some football," made comments on on Fox News, which included suggesting that President Obama’s meeting with Republican House Speaker John Boehner was like Hitler playing golf with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhyu, which did not go over well with a lot of people.
Despite Williams apologizing for the remark, according to Deadline, is reporting that ESPN is severing ties with the musician permanently. Here’s ESPN’s brief statement on the matter:
“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”
Williams' song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" has been used as the opening for Monday Night Football for twenty years. What will they use to replace it?
What do you think? Is ESPN making too big of a deal out of this, or are they simply basing their opinion on the reactions of the public, deciding that it’s bad form to have Williams associated with their program?