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Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 9:24 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After some rather unfortunate remarks about Barack Obama, John Boehner and Hitler, ESPN yanked Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic Monday Night Football intro on Monday, and for now, we don’t know what kind of future Williams’ music has on MNF.

And after releasing a somewhat-stubborn statement Monday evening that said he was just trying to make a point, he’s released another less-stubborn statement saying, well, maybe he shouldn’t have said it in the first place.

From Williams’ web site: “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 Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply 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.” 

This was a little more conciliatory than his previous statement when he intimated that he couldn’t understand why people who have differing views could ever play golf together. Then, he compared Obama and Boehner playing golf together to Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu hitting the links together.

ESPN had no comment on whether Williams' song would be used on future telecasts.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s where all the controversy started.



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Comments

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Street Hustler.
Only the ignorant hide behind the first amendment.  If you say it, stand and it be proud, dont get all antsy on a political radio show and be appoligetic the next day when you get fired. 

Your statement is the same as throwing a rock at another kid and then running behind your mom's skirt when he comes after you.  Heck yah you have the right to say what ever you want but, you also have to own up to your actions and words. 

He did not go to jail for saying it, so who says his 1st amendment rights were violated?  So move on.....



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

canebadger:  Xenophobia is a nice big word for you but do you understand what it means?  Look it up.  Or, are you implying President Obama isn't a U.S. citizen?



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

please to inform you mr. canebadger that I am married to a black woman and yes I am a white man. None of the candidates last election were worth a shit. Thank God that this election there is, Herman Cain. I believe he has what it takes to turn this country into the right direction. You admit in your statement that you were scared of Palin, why? As if Biden is better? I vote for the candidate not the party unlike most and definitely not by race.  But the media will quickly play the race card and find every celebrity who wants to call people racist and put them on their show. Because people are sheep. Do yourself a favor and watch the next GOP debate and pay close attention to Herman Cain and his brilliance and then you to might jump on the bandwagon for the first Black President



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

You obviously don't really understand what it is that you're talking about.  This isn't a freedom of speech issue.  This is an issue where ESPN is at risk of appearing to support the remarks of someone they are associated with.  Many businesses would choose to distance themselves from these types of comments because they can hurt their image and their bottom line.  ESPN has the right to make a business decision, it is NOT a freedom of speech issue.  Hank Williams Jr and everyone else has freedom of speech, but they still must deal with the consequences of what it is that they say. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Wow. Where can one begin. First of all simple spelling is part of an iq test and based on your criteria to vote I am not sure you will qualify. Otherwise it does not surprise me to see your comments. Folks voted for Obama because he was a better choice than McCain. Folks voted for Obama because they ere scared of Sarah palin being being a heartbeat from the white house. To say that people voted for the black dumbocrat just says it all. You and Hank and the rest of the haters can try to ruin this country but remember that xenophobia will ultimately destroy your heart.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Digitalbob do yuo realize you just incriminated yourself as a bigot? "redneck racist" ......just shows you are no better than some of the others. "Redneck" is just as offensive. Besides how exactly was Mr. Williams being a racist? Everyone is so quick to use the race card these days for any reason. Nothing Mr. Williams said could be construed as "racist". Was what he said stupid.....probably so. But his point was obviously misconstrued. He was simply pointing out that President Obama and Boehner are exact polar opposites. Thus the comparison to Hitler and Netanyahu although not a good one. This whole thing is stupid and a non story. The real story is how ESPN is being pussies and pulling the MFL song over this. Its sad and nothing more than pandering.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

why is it okay for one side to speak their mind and be quick to yell racism but the other side can't?  this country is going down the drain fast and people are worried about the fact that the president is BI-RACIAL. who cares so is half the youth in this country including his daughters. I don't think it is right for him to have played more rounds of golf or more vacations on the taxpayers dollar than any other president before him but apparently AVENGERSGIRL does.  he needs to start running the country and stop campaining for re-election. you have the job already, now do something with it besides blame Bush for your TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT  DUMB@$$



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:30 pm
 

It's just a song...

...it's not like he wrote the 'Da Da Da Daaaa' intro theme. Good riddance Hank, now you will have time to write your second song. Oh, and while your at it take that Faith Hill ripoff of Joan Jett on NBC with you. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Frees peach is a personal right. So is the right to associate with whom we choose. Both are first amendment rights. Espn has every right to sever ties with someone who describes our president and vice president as evil and equates them both with a person who murdered 10million people. Sure Hank can say what he wants but there are not many companies that are interested in doing business with people who make those comments. Did you blame sponsors that ran from tiger woods after he admitted to having affairs with dozens of women while his wife was at home? Probably not. So lay off espn for deciding that it's spokespeople should use a sense of civility in their comments. Hank doesn't have to like the president but saying he is evil and like hitler. Come on man!!



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

well daymn people listen.... thats just his true colors no need to be upset thats who he is. so now if PRESIDENT Barock Obamo is hitler then who the hell is g. bush and bush sr.they are the 1s responsible for 911.


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