Normally I do not take a run at fellow Steelers fans, but I have some words for Hank Williams, Jr.
First of all, I am not upset at him for having an opinion on politics. Hell, not many people who lean to the right would like agree with half of my political views (I’m a moderate). However, as it states in the Bible, there is a time and a place for everything.
Williams was upset about his first amendment rights being abused. While he issued an apology, he seemed bent over ESPN canning him over what he said about President Barack Obama.
Here is what I have to say to Williams, and to everyone who supports Williams: the first amendment protects us from the government creating laws to prohibit free speech. Last I checked, ESPN is not the government.
ESPN is a private entity that has the right to conduct its business however it sees fit. ESPN, in a statement, stated that “Monday Night Football” has always been about the football. It’s not about some yahoo – right, wrong or indifferent – mouthing off about political views concerning the president, the war, or anything else.
Therefore, if an ESPN employee or someone affiliated with ESPN says something controversial or offensive (remember Rush Limbaugh?), then ESPN has a right to break him/her off. Every business entity conducts its business that way because, well, its bad for business.
The last thing ESPN needed was those folks from MSNBC crying about why Williams wasn’t let go or to have itself dragged through the political news cycle. ESPN simply did what it had to do.
Look, I support anyone for speaking his/her mind on all matters. But as I tell those people, don’t be upset if the consequences are severe.
After all, you reap what you sew – free speech or not…