For the last couple of months I have been silent. I needed the break from politics, and I am a believer that the world is always better when the opinionated occasionally shut the heck up. But Hank Williams Jr. proved to be a bridge too far. Two months of silly political posturing, the Chris Christie flirtation, the Palin “divorce saga”, and all of the other garbage that defines our media-whoring democracy, proved easy to ignore. Hank Williams Jr.’s statement, however, I just can’t let slide. The statement I refer to, by the by, is not the one you’re thinking of.
After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision, by pulling my opening Oct 3rd, 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.”-Associated Press via Fox Sports
Now, most of you know how I feel about the network Jason Whitlock aptly calls The Worldwide Misleader of Sports, but in this rare case, they have been done wrong. Understanding that this statement is Williams’s part of a pissing match between he and ESPN (both parties claim they fired the other), it is the awesome ignorance of our constitutional freedoms that have drawn my fire. Hank Williams has committed that most egregious of American sins, he has used the Constitution as cover for his own big mouth.