NEWS
10/04/2011 04:32 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Hank Williams Jr. sorry for Hitler-Obama analogy, says passion got 'best or worst' of him

Hank Williams Jr. is apologizing for using an analogy to Adolf Hitler in discussing American President Barack Obama that prompted ESPN to pull his classic intro song to "Monday Night Football."

Williams said in a statement posted on Facebook and his website Tuesday his passion for politics and sports "got the best or worst of me."

In an interview Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Williams, unprompted, said of Obama's outing on the links with House Speaker John Boehner: "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."

Asked to clarify, Williams said, "They're the enemy," adding that by "they" he meant Obama and vice-president Joe Biden.

Williams backed off Tuesday.

"The thought of the leaders of both parties jukin' and high fivin' on a golf course, while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement," Williams said. "I am very sorry if it offended anyone."

ESPN had no further comment. It is not known if the intro, synonymous with "Monday Night Football" since 1989, would be used again.