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Hank Williams Lashes Back!

You Didn't Fire Me

... I QUIT!!!!!

10/6/2011 9:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hank Williams
Are you ready for some controversy???

Hank Williams Jr. claims his departure from "Monday Night Football" was by his OWN doing  ... insisting he was NOT fired by ESPN.

Williams released a statement ... saying, "After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision."

He adds, "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.”

It looks like ESPN beat Hank by several minutes in posting its announcement about the separation.

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31.

charley    

JUST TELL ESPN TO KISS YOUR AZZ..........PHK EM...YOU DONT NEED THEM! OBAMA IS AN EVIL MAN...AND THIS COMING FROM A BLACK MAN

1022 days ago
32.

Melissa    

I knew they didn't fire him, this sounds more like it. Hank would not kiss ass to these punks.

1022 days ago
33.

soulofanangel    


HANK....you can't take SANE out of the INSANE, right?

1022 days ago
34.

phyuck    

Hank Williams Jr. is an idiot. He shouldn't mention the First Amendment when he obviously doesn't know what it means. "Freedom of speech" in the First Amendment sense doesn't mean you can say whatever you want and there are to be no negative repercussions. In this case, it means that he can't be thrown in jail or brought up on criminal charges for what he said. ESPN is not a government or law enforcement agency so it is not possible for them to violate his First Amendment rights unless they convince the government to imprison or charge him criminally for his words. He is still free and still can say what he wants about the President. The government hasn't silenced him.

1022 days ago
35.

magster    

Oh God, what an idiot! A corporation cannot violate anybody's right to free speech. Hank the idiot had every right to say what he said, and ESPN has every right to fire him for how Hanky chose to use his right.

1022 days ago
36.

craig    

HONESTly this would of went unnoticed if not for all these posts.this is crazy,who cares,i didnt even notice they didnt do the the AREEE YOOU READY FOR SOME FOOOOTBALLLL on monday,the only one that cares is the 1 guy loseing some money,leave it alone already

1022 days ago
37.

Rick    

I think Hank just gave ESPN a very polite F U Good for him.

1022 days ago
38.

CountryGal    

I see TMZ has their employees making comments and fixing the votes on here. Nice job! Typical liberal cheating lying hypocrite s***bags.

1022 days ago
39.

Ghost Rider    

The revolution is beginning, but it wont be televised.

1022 days ago
40.

PHIL45    

I NEVER WOULD OF KNOWN OF HIM IF NOT FOR ESPN.SO GOODBYE HANK AND BACK TO ESPN FOR SOME FOOTBALL.

1022 days ago
41.

Bitogood    

I'm so embarrassed for Hank right now. He really doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.

1022 days ago
42.

juju    

Conservative tea partiers, who "claim" to love, embrace and UNDERSTAND the Constitution, obviously don't get it.
They don't even understand the FIRST Amendment.

Bye, bye Hank - don't let the door hit you in your bigoted, ignorant A$$ on the way out.

1022 days ago
43.

DetroitRocks    

Its amazing how many people dont know the difference between lose and loose.

When you agree to represent a company that you do not own you give up the right to say whatever you feel like. Free speech does not guarantee that your employer cant dump you

1022 days ago
44.

She's baaaack    

I'm thinking maybe it wasn't all Hank's stupid trailer-trash ramble about the president of the USA being hitler or the enemy or whatever, but I'm thinking maybe Hank had a few beers too many yet again and this was finally a way to kick his drunk azz to the curb. I'm amazed he hasn't "gone to rehab" yet. They all do after they fvck up.

1022 days ago
45.

She's baaaack    

... and another thing ... All you free speechers out there should understand that with such a heady freedom comes respect and responsibility. It's ***** like what this drunk bum spewed that chips a little at our right to free speech each and every time some azzwhole opens his or her mouth. Hank? Buh bye...

1022 days ago
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