Hank Williams Jr.’s Political Comments Result in Monday Night Football Suspension

Hank Williams Jr.‘s comments about President Obama on Fox & Friends have prompted ESPN to drop him from Monday’s (Oct. 3) opening segment of its Monday Night Football telecast, USA Today reports. During an interview earlier in the day to promote The Legend Begins, a new collection of rare and unreleased recordings by his father, the late Hank Williams Sr., Fox & Friends‘ Gretchen Carlson began the interview by asking him which GOP presidential candidate he favors. After replying, “Nobody,” Williams made reference to Obama and House Speaker John Boehner’s golf game that took place in June at Andrews Air Force Base. Calling it “one of the biggest political mistakes ever,” he added, “It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader Benjamin] Netanyahu, OK?” He also called Obama and Vice President Biden “the enemy.” In a statement, an ESPN spokesperson said, “While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”