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ESPN Officially Cuts Ties With Hank Williams Jr. Following His Remarks About Barack Obama

ESPN Officially Cuts Ties With Hank Williams Jr. Following His Remarks About Obama

ESPN is officially terminating their relationship with Hank Williams, Jr. after initially pulling his introduction to Monday Night Football following the controversial remarks he made about President Obama earlier this week.

“We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years,” ESPN said in a statement. “The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.” The network had earlier said they were “extremely disappointed” with the country singer’s comments.

Williams said the split with ESPN was his own decision. “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” Williams said in a statement posted on his website. “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.”

Williams’ iconic “Are You Ready For Some Football?” has been heard on Monday Night Football telecasts since 1989.

h/t ESPN Media Zone and HankJr.com

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