It all started when a PSU student tagged Olbermann in a tweet linking to a story about the college raising over $13 million for a pediatric cancer organization. The student wrote “We are!” and Olbermann responded with “…Pathetic.” And though the sportscaster was basically just making a rip on PSU students in general, everyone came out of the woodwork to call him out for shitting on a huge fundraising success. And instead of taking his licks quietly, Olbermann held ground on his platform and shot back with messages like this.
@codykon inability? It's a choice. You're Penn State. End of discussion.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 23, 2015
@EricOwensFS Don't make shit up, Sonny. You'll wind up running Penn State.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 24, 2015
It went on for a while, with Olbermann trash-talking PSU and its student body in every response. It seems like he had to know some kind of punishment would follow it, yet he kept going. And perhaps even more telling, he hasn’t deleted any of the tweets after ESPN brought the suspension down on his head. But he did apologize, although the genuineness behind the words is certainly up in the air.
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.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 24, 2015
ESPN released a statement predictably removing themselves from the situation, saying that this was all on Olbermann's time. The suspension will last for the next week, and Olbermann will have its host back next for Monday's telecast. And I'll eat a Penn State hat if he doesn't make some kind of a backhanded comment before the first commercial break. Incidentally, if you want to hear him go off even more, check out this video from last month.
What do you guys think of ESPN's decision?