ESPN announced that it is dropping Hank Williams, Jr. and his Monday Night Football "Are You Ready" theme song for good over those Hitler comments, but Williams said he was the one who pulled the plug.
The sports network did not use the song on this past Monday's broadcast for the first time in 20 years following Williams's comments comparing a President Obama/John Boehner golf outing to Hitler playing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
On Thursday ESPN made it permanent, saying in a statement:
"We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr. We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football have always been about the games and that will continue."
However, the New York Daily News reports that writing on his website, Williams claimed it was his decision:
After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct. 3, 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.
No word on what will replace "Are You Ready." On Monday ESPN simply used the national anthem.