Are you ready for your football game to be introduced by someone else? Hank Williams Jr. has been kicked off Monday Night Football after he compared President Obama to Hitler in an interview yesterday on Fox News' Fox & Friends. Following his controversial remarks, ESPN severed ties with the country star. In a statement, ESPN said, "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."
During the interview on Fox & Friends Williams began rambling about the summer golf match between the President and House Speaker John Boehner, calling it "one of the biggest political mistakes ever." He continued, "It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu." When asked to explain, Williams added, that Obama and Vice President Biden are "the enemy."
Williams later released a statement, which read in part, "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."
Hank Williams Junior apologized today saying "I have always been very passionate about politics and sports, and this time it got the best or worst of me. The thought of the leaders of both parties 'junkin' and 'high fivin'' on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by, made me boil over and make a dumb statement, and I am very sorry if it offended anyone. I would like to thank all my supporters. This was not written by some publicist."