Hank Williams Jr. says comment about Obama was misunderstood

Hank Williams Jr. compared Obama to Hitler

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Hank Williams Jr.
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Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr. isn't ready for some football at the moment.

Time reports that Williams' Monday Night Football theme has been dropped by ESPN in light of Williams' comments comparing President Obama to Hitler. While on the show "Fox & Friends," Williams commented on this summer's golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, saying it was like "Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu."

Fox's Gretchen Carlson addressed the comment, saying, "You used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the president." Williams replied, "Well that's true. But I'm telling you like it is."

In response, ESPN dropped Williams' theme for last night Monday Night Football matchup. ESPN also released a statement, saying, "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight's telecast."

Williams is now trying to clear up with the situation, saying that his comments were misunderstood. TMZ reports that Williams has released a statement, saying, "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me -- how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.”

Meanwhile, Twitter is having a field day with the comments, one used even saying, "Comparing Obama to Hitler is almost as crazy as comparing Hank Williams Jr to his much, much more talented father."

Read more about Hank Williams Jr. here.

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