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ESPN Kicks Hank Williams, Jr. To The Curb

Hank Williams may still have all his rowdy friends, but they won't be welcomed on Monday NIght Football anymore.  Williams, who has been attached at the hip with Monday Night Football for way too long was fired this morning by ESPN for comments he made in which he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

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Not smart.

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"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. 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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That is all ESPN had to say this morning, and while I agree that Williams should be fired I to take ESPN to task for saying that Monday NIght Football has 'always been about the games'.  Really??

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If it was about the games, why did I have to listen to Williams to begin with?  Why did Dennis Miller, or Tony Kornheiser ever get the chance to be in the booth?  Why did celebrity after celebrity get ar time to promote movies, TV shows or books while the game was on?

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MNF might be back to football now, but for years it seemed the game actually got in the way of a 3 hour commercial.

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As for Williams, he did the same thing everyone does when they are fired for making stupid comments - he claims ESPN stepped on his First Amendment rights.  Umm, Hank, the First Amendment protects you from prosecution from the government for what you say.  It doesn't protect you from the consequences your employer can dish out for you saying it.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.