Bad for ESPN's image

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

Hank Williams Jr. is free to speak his mind, as he should be. But if you are ESPN, you have to ask whether you want someone with his opinions and history representing your company.

In his most recent remarks, Williams showed utter insensitivity and terrible judgment. It's OK to disagree with politicians and their policies. Comparing them to Hitler is going a tad far.

This is not the first time he has created headlines for the wrong reasons. He also was charged with assault for trying to choke a waitress in 2006. Williams has made such a spectacle of himself that you wonder if from now on every time we hear him sing, "Are you ready for some football?" we'll think of Nazis instead of Patriots.

A teachable moment

Shannon J. Owens

Orlando Sentinel

So the "Monday Night Football" guy is a bonehead? Also in breaking news, Kim Kardashian wasn't a virgin before she married Kris Humphries.

I respect ESPN's decision to drop Hank Williams Jr.'s song.

But in the broader perspective, I don't think anyone was looking to the "Are You Ready For Some Football" guy for moral direction. The better point to focus on is why Fox News gave a platform to Williams to speak on politics when his expertise (and I use the word loosely) is clearly in entertainment.

But this could be a teachable moment. If ESPN gives him another chance, perhaps, Williams could learn about something he clearly doesn't possess right now — tolerance.

Sell 'crazy' elsewhere

David Teel

Newport News

Daily Press

ESPN and "Monday Night Football" don't need Hank Williams Jr., or his rowdy friends.