Monday Night Football Vs. Hank Williams, Jr.
Hank Williams, Jr. and his political opinions are officially no longer a part of Monday Night Football.
Hank Williams, Jr. admits his comments were "dumb" but isn't about to let anyone believe he's been fired from Monday Night Football -- he quit!
"After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision," Hank Williams, Jr. said in a statement to The Associated Press. "By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It's been a great run."
However ESPN has made an announcement of their own that makes it sound like it was their idea to part ways with the country star. A statement from the sports channel reads, "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."
Either way the 62-year-old and ESPN do agree they're not working together any longer!
Monday Night Footbal has been in damage control mode ever since the singer of their highly recognizable theme song compared President Obama to Hitler on October 3. Their initial statement about the incident read, "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."
Attempting to clarify what he meant Hank Williams, Jr. wrote on Twitter:
Seems the explanation wasn't good enough for ESPN!
Do you think Hank Williams, Jr. quit -- or was fired from Monday Night Football?
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