Keith Olbermann suspended for ‘pitiful’ Penn tweet

Updated: February 25, 2015
Keith Olbermann suspended for 'pitiful' Penn tweet

Keith Olbermann has been suspended over a Twitter argument that he had with Penn State University fans.

Olbermann has often been critical of Penn State and its students, particularly in recent months in the wake of the NCAA’s decision to restore all of former football coach Joe Paterno’s wins which were stricken from record books following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, as well as efforts by many on and around the Penn State campus to have a new Paterno statue erected.

Monday, a Penn State alumnus tweeted the phrase “We Are!” to Olbermann and included a link to a story about PSU students raising in excess of $13 million to aid pediatric cancer research.

Olbermann’s response: “…Pitiful.”

He then continued to tweet about PSU, including one in which he said he was commenting on Penn State students in general, not the fundraising effort, and offered no apology for the original tweet.

By Tuesday, however, he had changed his tune — after meeting with ESPN officials.

“I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job,” Olbermann tweeted Tuesday.

His employer, meanwhile, released a statement of its own.

“It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN,” the statement read. “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.”