That’s because the country star has had his opening pulled by ESPN in light of controversial comments made on Fox News this morning. Williams compared Barack Obama to Hitler. Sooo, yeah…

“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 said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

As was noted, Williams isn’t an ESPN employee, but he still represents the ESPN brand. And while I don’t think that the Disney-owned network would take issue with Williams talking politics or criticizing Obama on national television, the Hitler comparison obviously went too far.

In an unrelated but sort of related story, Al Michaels came dangerously close to combining politics with football during last night’s Jets-Ravens game when he alluded to Warren Buffett’s philosophy that the rich should be taxed more. The comment went relatively unnoticed…

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