Friday, May 24, 2013
NFL football may be as American as you can get, but country singer Hank Williams Jr. sure is not. The outspoken country singer's famous football jingle has been dropped from Monday Night Football after Williams likened President Barack Obama to a mass murderer and Nazi Adolf Hitler. The 62-year-old good ole boy compared Republican House Speaker John Boehner playing golf with President Obama to "Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu." But the hits didn't stop there. Junior then went on to label Obama and VP Joe Biden the "enemy," adding "I'm telling you like it is." ESPN didn't waste any time pulling the plug on Williams' anthem for the Monday night game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The sports network issued the following 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. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast." Williams felt compelled to issue another statement, "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme - but it was to make a point. 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. I have always respected the office of the president." You know what they say about opinions... Williams' ditty has been the theme song for Monday Night Football since 1989 and has been on the receiving end of four Emmy Awards.