A familiar part of Monday Night Football will be missing this evening. ESPN has decided to pull the opening performed by Hank Williams Jr. as a result of comments he made on the FOX & Friends show this morning on FOX News. Have a listen.
ESPN released the following statement on the matter.
“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,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told CBSSports.com. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
There is no word as of yet if the removal of Williams’ intro will only be for tonight or a permanent one.
This seems like as good a time as any to mention Williams was at one point considering a run for Senate next year in Tennessee.
The main question, however–if Hank Williams Jr. does embark on a grueling Senate campaign through Tennessee–is the question of who will sing the theme song for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football?”
ESPN is open to suggestions I would imagine.