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Hank Williams Jr Terminated by ESPN due to comment made.

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posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:21 PM
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Hank Williams Jr Terminated by ESPN due to comment made.


www.thestatecolumn.com

According to ESPN, the sports network has sacked Hank Williams Jr. after the country singer compared a golf game between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to a golf game between Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr,” ESPN said in a statement. The sports network added that “we appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”



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posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:21 PM
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Not sure how I feel about this whole situation. Was he on ESPN's time when he made these comments? I understand at one point he was the face intro to the NFL's Monday Night Football but can't the guy have his own opinion on his political beliefs?

Couldn't find this anywhere in the news section of ATS, please close if it was posted earlier, thanks!

www.thestatecolumn.com
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posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:26 PM
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i understand where hank was coming from, but in the future, make the republican the nazi, and you'll be fine ....lol



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:28 PM
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Depends on what his contract with ESPN says. Look at Gilbert Gottfried Aflac fired him within an hour after his tweets about Japan after the tsunami. Hank should learn some history though Hitler was a supporter of Zionism so why wouldn't he play golf with Benny.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:33 PM
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Look at what happened to the Dixie Chicks after they gave their opinion on Bush's wars. Same deal here. If your famous, don't publicly make your opinions known, esp political ones.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:44 PM
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Originally posted by buster2010
Depends on what his contract with ESPN says. Look at Gilbert Gottfried Aflac fired him within an hour after his tweets about Japan after the tsunami. Hank should learn some history though Hitler was a supporter of Zionism so why wouldn't he play golf with Benny.

It should be illegal to offer a contract that goes against your rights.
I know its not that way.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:46 PM
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It was a fun ride while it lasted Mr. Williams.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:50 PM
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Perhaps Ashton Kutcher will be tapped to replace him, too?




posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:55 PM
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Makes me wonder how they will open the show now?



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:56 PM
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And yet Charlie won in end



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 05:56 PM
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Originally posted by syrinx high priest
i understand where hank was coming from, but in the future, make the republican the nazi, and you'll be fine ....lol


Definite example of the double standards in action.

See Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, Natalie Means (Dixie Chick), and many other celebrities for examples of people on the left getting away with saying anything and everything.




posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:00 PM
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According to Hank Williams, Jr. He was not fired, he quit. From his website:


“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. 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.” -- Hank Williams Jr


www.hankjr.com...



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:02 PM
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they should have let him go well before this anyway. the last few openings have been pretty bad, but how am i gonna know if I'm ready for some football now??



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:02 PM
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I think people went way overboard with this, he was NOT comparing Obama to Hitler which would be ridiculous in itself. He was trying to make a point on how different Obama was to John Boehner. Hitler and the Prime minister of Israel are about one of the most powerful examples of differences you would be able to find.

That in no way made him racist nor did it make all rednecks racist like some posts I've seen on news sights talking about this. At worst it made him stupid for not realizing how his comments would be taken.
edit on 6-10-2011 by seeker1977 because: spelling



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:05 PM
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Vote with your remote.. If you think what ESPN did is wrong, simply change the channel and boycott their sponsors. Money talks..



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:07 PM
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Lol kutcher...ESPN will be in the wrong and settle with him out of court for violation of rights.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:10 PM
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Originally posted by Aggie Man
According to Hank Williams, Jr. He was not fired, he quit. From his website:


“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. 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.” -- Hank Williams Jr



So - - he used his employment/employer as a platform to make a personal public political statement?

Is that correct?



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:16 PM
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Originally posted by Annee

Originally posted by Aggie Man
According to Hank Williams, Jr. He was not fired, he quit. From his website:


“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. 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.” -- Hank Williams Jr



So - - he used his employment/employer as a platform to make a personal public political statement?

Is that correct?


Whether he intended to or not, I suppose so. Well, actually, he used Fox News as his platform...

I love
his statement "You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech".
.....Hey Hank, get a clue! Nobody infringed on your rights. You're just paying the consequences for exercising them.

I don't believe for one second that he quit.



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:17 PM
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Here is the video/ Fox News interview...

www.youtube.com...

And a rather entertaining Wash. Post op ed on the situation:

Wash. Post op


edit on 6-10-2011 by LadySkadi because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 06:19 PM
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Originally posted by LadySkadi
reply to post by Annee
 


Here is the video/ Fox News interview...

www.youtube.com...



Thanks. IMO - - if he is on his own time - doing his own thing - he has every right to express his political views.

If he is in anyway promoting ESPN or Monday Night Football - - he is not on his own time - - and he is wrong.



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