Hank Williams, Jr. apology does not go far enough, PR expert says

Country star takes to Facebook to say 'sorry if it offended anyone.'
(PR NewsChannel) / October 4, 2011 / TAMPA, Fla. 

With the world critical of his statements comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, Hank Williams, Jr. took to Facebook to apologize.  But does it go far enough?

“I have always been very passionate about politics and sports and this time it got the best or worst of me,” writes Williams.  “The thought of the leaders of both parties jokin’ and high fiven on a golf course while so many families are struggling to get by simply made me boil over and make a dumb statement and I am very sorry if it offended anyone.  I would like to thank all my supporters.  This was not written by some publicist.”

The original posting has grammatical and spelling errors.

“To apologize for such egregious remarks on Facebook, with a message that has multiple grammatical and spelling errors shows he just doesn’t get it,” says Glenn Selig (Twitter: @GlennSelig), a crisis management PR expert and founder of the PR firm The Publicity Agency.  “ESPN clearly left open the door that if he handled the apology well his association with ESPN might not be gone for good.  Unfortunately for him, I don’t think that ESPN will believe that he’s handled this well.”

On Monday, ESPN said that due to the remarks Hank Williams, Jr. made on Fox Newschannel, that his song that has been a mainstay of Monday Night Football for years and would have preceded the game between the Buccaneers and the Colts, would be cut “tonight.”

Selig believes the wording of the statement was very deliberate.

“I’m not sure how many more chances he has to get this right.  It was a boneheaded remark that he never should have said. I think he needs to reflect the fact that he understands the gravity of the situation.  And so far I’m very sorry to say that he hasn’t done that.”

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SOURCE:  The Publicity Agency

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