ESPN’s Keith Olbermann has been suspended for calling students of Penn State University “pitiful” in a heated exchange over Twitter on Monday. Olbermann’s remarks were apparently made in response to a link sent to him on Twitter regarding the school’s annual pediatric cancer fundraiser.
Olbermann is suspended for a week. ESPN has released a statement regarding the matter.
“We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State,” states ESPN. “It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN… ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday.”
Olbermann was apologetic. “I apologize for the PSU tweets. I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.”
Students and supporters of Penn State were spreading the university’s longtime cheering slogan “We are!” The students of the university were trying to establish a relationship between a story in the school newspaper with a fundraising campaign for cancer patients. The campaign aimed for $13 million, fighting for pediatric cancer patients at Penn St. Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
When the message was tweeted to Olbermann, the sportscaster didn’t waste time, tweeting “…Pitiful.” Exchanges between him and numerous Twitter users continued afterwards.
When asked about his opinion on the fund raising, Olbermann shot back, “@ColinBenner Good for you. Doesn’t change the school’s reputation. Check back next century.” Another tweet said, “@bgsmithdc And your illusion that you are ‘the world’ and your sad little troll tweets are ‘picking on me’ suggests you should see a shrink.”