Keith Olbermann got into what ESPN called a "completely inappropriate" Twitter exchange Monday with Penn State supporters that resulted in a suspension from hosting duties for the rest of the week.
It began in January when Olbermann railed against Penn State for putting football above "saving children" with regard to former assistant Jerry Sandusky, who sexually abused children while working under head coach Joe Paterno. During a "World's Worst in Sports" segment on his show, Olbermann nominated Penn State for trying to get back the 111 wins stripped from them because of the scandal.
So when Olbermann was tagged in a tweet Monday that praised the university for its raising of $13 million for pediatric cancer, he couldn't control the urge to express his disgust:
This simple response unleashed a firestorm of criticism and Olbermann dove in:
On Tuesday, ESPN released the following statement:
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.
Then it was Olbermann's turn for damage control: