The former MSNBC host has been suspended from his show by the network for comments made on Twitter Monday, directed towards students at Penn State University and their recent fundraiser for cancer research:


ESPN issued a statement Tuesday detailing Olbermann's suspension:

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.

 

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The host, who is also known for a long-running, well publicized feud with Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly, has spoken out in the past about PSU and their students, and claims that he was merely calling the students, alumni, and fans of Penn State "pitiful" rather than the THON event itself. Either way it's still a ridiculous reaction to a completely apolitical and innocuous event. The actions of the football program should not define the perception of the entire university.

While many, including myself, agree with his issues with the university and their football program, as a fan of Olbermann's work, I find it absurd to politicize an event that has benefited thousands of lives, and is in no way representative of the school's past problems. To quote another of the tweet's issued by the host, maybe it's time he step out of the lime-light to regain his perspective.