ESPN suspends Keith Olbermann over Penn St. tweets

February 25th, 2015 by Staff

Olbermann later apologized for his tweets.

(Deadspin) NEW YORK, NY – Last night, Keith Olbermann got into it on Twitter with Penn State fans and students—originally over, of all things, the school’s annual pediatric cancer fundraiser. (His tweets are embedded below.) It was weird and unnecessary, and now ESPN has taken Olbermann off TV for the rest of the week.

The statement from ESPN:

We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong.

ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.

Olbermann has apologized on Twitter:

Keith Olbermann

I apologize for the PSU tweets. I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fund-raising job.
1:15 PM – 24 Feb 2015

ESPN is notoriously inconsistent when it comes to handing out discipline for Twitter beefs, but Olbermann really does need to learn to pick his battles.

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