Singer apologized for comments on Fox News, but that wasn't enough
ESPN has cut ties with Hank Williams Jr., who provided the iconic theme song for "Monday Night Football," over his comments comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler.
"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."
ESPN decided on Monday to remove “All My Rowdy Friends,” Williams' theme song for “Monday Night Football,” due to comments the country singer made on Fox News. Williams criticized Obama for playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner over the summer, saying it was like “Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Benjamin Netanyahu.
He also dubbed Obama and Vice President Biden "the enemy."
Williams later apologized on his web site, saying his comment was "dumb," and adding, "Sorry if it offended anyone."
Williams still contended, however, that he wasn't thrilled about Obama and Boehner golfing together.
“I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports, and this time it got the Best or Worst of me," Williams wrote. "The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin [sic] and High Fiven [sic] on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over."
In an earlier statement, Williams admitted that his comment was "extreme … I have always respected the office of the President.”