Hank, Jr. Apologizes for Obama – Hitler Remarks, Sort Of [VIDEO]
Country star Hank Williams Jr. apologized Tuesday for his comments Monday that compared President Barack Obama to German dictator Adolf Hitler, which prompted ESPN to remove Williams’ “All My Rowdy Friends” intro from “Monday Night Football.”
Williams posted a statement on his website today: (Note the spelling)
“I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me. The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone. I would like to Thank all my supporters. This was Not written by some Publicist.”
Williams also released a statement Monday night through a publicist, arguing he was just misunderstood.
“Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood,” he said. “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.”
Tuesday’s apology went a bit further, but stopped short of disavowing the comments. He instead apologized “if it Offended anyone.”
Will Hank’s song be back on MNF? ESPN said yesterday that it depended on Williams’ reponse today. Stay tuned.