Keith Olbermann suspended from ESPN over Twitter remarks
Keith Olbermann has found himself in the middle of yet another heated-debate, this time on Twitter. Following a few poorly designed replies on the popular social-media site, ESPN confirmed that it will be suspending Olbermann for the rest of the week. The famed broadcaster made the now infamous remarks on Twitter about a small Pennsylvania State University fundraiser, which he not only shot-down, but Olbermann also commented on the students and community that were supporting the cause.
Olbermann had helped the school in the past, but this time things didn’t go down so well. Several Twitter users tried to raise awareness for the cause, raising money and support to help fight pediatric cancer, by Tweeeting to Keith Olbermann in hopes of the broadcaster relaying the message to more people. Things only got worse from there.
One of Keith Olbermann’s Tweets called the students of Pennsylvania State University “pitiful,” and as more and more people joined in on the debate, the event boiled-over into a small Twitter-war between the broadcaster and students.
“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,” the Walt Disney-owned network said in a statement. “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.”
This is not Olbermann’s first suspension, he was also suspended back in 2010 by MSNBC, at the time Keith Olbermann was donating money to political candidates without clearing or confirming the donations from MSNBC itself, a violation of company policy at the time of his suspension.