Keith Olbermann Suspended by ESPN for Comments About Penn State Students

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IFebruary 24, 2015

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2011 file photo, political pundit Keith Olbermann leaves a taping of the
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A day after he engaged in multiple Twitter arguments and called Penn State students "pitiful," ESPN suspended Keith Olbermann for a week.

The global sports network released a statement Tuesday announcing the news, saying Olbermann's actions were "completely inappropriate and [do] not reflect the views of ESPN."'s Ben Jones passed along the full statement:

On Tuesday morning, Olbermann issued his own apology:

Penn State suggested on Facebook that Olbermann donates to "Thon", which was held to raise money toward pediatric cancer research through a 46-hour dance marathon:

Tension has existed between the outspoken host and the Big Ten school for some time. After the NCAA restored Penn State's wins under Joe Paterno in January, Olbermann took to his show and put the school as "Worst" in his "World's Worst" segment:

On Monday, Penn State's 46-hour dance marathon reached a fundraising total of $13.02 million. That's when the Twitter war began:

Olbermann, 56, first joined ESPN in 1992. He will return to his show Monday, March 2.


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