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ESPN Fires Hank Williams Jr.

October 7, 2011 by staff 

ESPN Fires Hank Williams Jr.ESPN Fires Hank Williams Jr., The country singer Hank Williams Jr. made headlines this week when he compared the President of the United States to Hitler and in turn made ESPN headlines when he was shot as a result (or agree with him, quitting smoking). That sparked a debate about the crossover between sport and politics and if ESPN made the right decision or not.

First, I want to make clear that I do not like when politics creeps into the sport. I’ve always felt like the sport is the refuge of one of the main we have endless debates between liberals and conservatives. It is one of the few places left that the right ad alike agree that we like this guy because in our team and we do not like this guy because he is in jeans. But, as it does in many parts of our lives, politics will slip at times and we have to deal with it.

That said, Hank Williams Jr. talking about brushes against the politics in sports as light as possible. His only real connection is that sport has sung the theme song for Monday Night Football what seems an eternity. In case you have not heard, however, speaking on Fox News, Hank expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of Republican John Boehner to play golf with President Obama saying, “‘Hitler would be like playing golf with Netanyahu. ”

Now, I’m of two minds here. On the one hand, we really need to take this comparison of people to Hitler and the Nazis of our lexicon. It is horribly offensive to the memory of people killed by them and is simply an exaggeration that can not be tolerated. Short of killing thousands of people, there is no American politician can do to be like the Nazis or Hitler, and have become too tolerant of people who do that. So if Hank Williams Jr. was wrong, there can be no doubt. What he said was indefensible.

But does that mean you should not be associated with the Monday Night Football? Is your politically outrageous that “All my friends are here for Monday night Rowdy” suddenly inappropriate? That’s what I’m not sure. I’ve always known that Hank Williams Jr. has crazy political views, but I never associated the brand with Monday Night Football. I just see it as an introduction very sticky and fun to go out with friends and watch football. Has anyone stopped to consider the political views of Hank Jr. to listen to that song? Not likely.

That said, I can applaud ESPN for taking drastic measures to punish something that is taken lightly too often. You can never compare someone to Hitler and we see that as a serious breach of our sensitivity in this country. Of course, that does not mean I will not miss hearing “All My Rowdy Friends” every Monday night.

I think we’re all going to lose Hank more than they would be terrible Sunday Night Football, Faith Hill introduction submitted to us once a week …

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