On Monday morning, Hank Williams Jr., who notoriously sings the Monday Night Football introduction, went on Fox and Friends and made some pretty regrettable comments that used the words "Obama" and "Hitler."
As a result, ESPN decided to pull Williams intro for MNF when Indy heads to Tampa Bay this evening.
“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," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told CBSSports.com. "We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast."
ESPN has not decided whether or not the removal of Williams intro -- he's might be more famous for yelling "Are you ready for some football?" than anything else -- will return and are "evaluating" the decision for future telecasts.
UPDATED 9:00 p.m. ET: Williams has released a statement. It reads:
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.”
Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists -- but there’s never a backlash -- no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting -- and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job -- it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.”
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