Please hum along with that headline to the tune of “His Cheatin’ Heart,” folks. Because ESPN today ended its relationship with Hank Williams Jr. His biggest hit ever, “Are You Ready For Some Football?” will henceforth NOT open up the network’s Monday night games.
According to CNN (click the link above), Williams pulled a “you can’t fire me, I quit!” act.
“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. 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.”
A couple of thoughts here: One, it was stupid for ESPN to yank the guy’s song permanently. He said something dumb, they kicked him to the curb for it, and he apologized. The smarter move would be to accept the apology and put his song back on the show Oct. 10, and keep him on a short leash. This is going to turn him into a Tea Party martyr.
Two, Hank Williams Jr. has doubled down on stupidity by playing the First Amendment card. Does he really believe a private corporation’s decision in an instance like this is tantamount to trampling on his First Amendment rights?
That may sell to rednecks who believe the Constitution begins and ends with the Second Amendment. But seriously, where are the words in the Constitution that guarantee anybody a right to sing on a private corporation’s football broadcast?
It dovetails nicely with his rising star as a “victim” (of his own stupidity) though.
Somehow he’ll work around to blaming it on Obama — whereas if he had just filtered himself only slightly he wouldn’t be in this jackpot.