Mantenna – Hank Williams Jr. Gets Fired from ESPN

October 6, 2011
Hank Williams Jr. gets fired from ESPN, a woman wins the lottery after buying the wrong ticket, and Tupac's family threatens to sue over recent sex tape…the Mantenna never takes a vacation!

Hank Williams Jr. Gets Fired from ESPN

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After two decades of his classic hit gracing Monday Night Football screens, Hank Williams Jr. will no longer be performing his legendary theme song before ESPN's weekly game following the country star’s extreme remarks comparing Obama to Hitler on Fox and Friends earlier this week. Earlier today, both ESPN and Hank took to the Internets and issued official statements letting the globe know about the dramatic breakup. "We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr.," ESPN said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of 'Monday Night Football' has always been about the games and that will continue." As for Williams, he seemed to want his fans, friends and family to believe that he was actually the one who wanted the split in the first place. Hank stated via his website: "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." There you have it, guys. I’m honestly really glad all of this is over [ESPN]

Woman Buys Wrong Lottery Ticket, Wins $25 Million Anyway

Kathy Scruggs had it rough. The 41 year old's last job had been spring seasonal labor, and she was trying to find something more permanent. But, in the meantime, she wanted to dream about having lots of money. So she went to buy a MegaMillions ticket. One problem, the clerk screwed up and gave her a Powerball ticket. Which happened to be a $25 million winner. Why is it our convenience store employs always mess up our hot dog order instead of giving us the winning ticket? [AJC]

Tupac's Family Says They Will Sue Anyone Who Tries to Sell Recent Sex Tape

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With news this week of a 1991 sex tape surfacing featuring slain rapper Tupac Shakur being sexually pleasured by a sexy lady with a few of his homies in attendance, it’s now being reported that his family has gotten into the mix about the future of the racy video. According to Tupac's family, they will seek legal action if anyone tries to distribute the footage at any point down the line. "We will sue anyone who tries to sell a Tupac tape," a spokesperson for Shakur's estate said. TMZ reported earlier today that the rep for Tupac stated his mother Afeni Shakur was the one who got the ball rolling on all of this. "Get the legal team ready because [we] will not allow someone to put it out," the spokesperson stated via Afeni Shakur. The Tupac saga continues… [TMZ]

No, You Can't Smoke Dope In Front Of the Cops Just Because You're a Professional Baseball Player

What is it about the Astros? First, in Montreal, they were infamous for being weird, and also for losing. Having a player named "Spaceman" will do that for you. Then they moved to Houston and the weirdness followed them. This was something Jordan Shafer learned the hard way in Florida yesterday evening. Although it's really his own stupidity at fault: he literally pulled up next to a police car with the windows rolled down, toking on a joint. And here fans were wondering why they were pulling 6th in the National League... [ABC]