Hank Williams Jr.’s Rowdy Friends banned

After Hank Williams Jr. likened President Obama to Hitler, ESPN pulled his iconic song from Monday Night Football.

Mar 3, 2020, 11:17 am*


Fernando Alfonso III 

Fernando Alfonso III

On Monday night, America was ready to watch some football and to hear Hank Williams Jr.’s award-winning ESPN  theme song “All My Rowdy Friends.”

But when millions of football fans tuned in at 8:30 p.m. ET to hear Williams’ iconic track, they were disappointed.

Williams’ song was pulled after 20 years on the network after he compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler earlier that day on Fox News.

The country singer has been a top trending topic on Twitter since Monday night. He has collected more than 20,000 mentions in the last 18 hours, according to statistics from Topsy, a social media search engine.

In response to Williams’ comment, ESPN released the following statement: “While Hank Williams, Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

Here’s what the masses on Twitter had to say about Williams:

Photo by Roy.Land

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*First Published: Oct 4, 2011, 1:26 pm