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Fallout Continues to Pile Up After Olbermann Rant Against Penn State

by on February 25, 2015 12:55 PM

The Nittany Nation and (much of the rest of the country) is still buzzing about Keith Olbermann's tirade against Penn State -- and ESPN's decision to suspend it's controversial talk show host for the rest of the week.

Olbermann got into a Twitter battle with Nittany Lion supporters on Monday, with some trash talk aimed at Penn Staters.

The talk ever since, has been all about Olbermann's nasty comments, with politicians and pundits all weighing in.

It all began with a Tweet that directed Olbermann to a report about THON raising $13 million to help fight pediatric cancer patients.

Olbermann responded by posting a one-word response -- "pitiful."

That touched off a series of Tweets between Olbermann and others. Many people thought the ESPN commentator was attacking THON. Olbermann indicated that no, he thought Penn State students were pitiful, and that didn't help matters.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre County) released a statement saying, in part, "The only headlines we should be reading are ones praising the charitable acts of Penn State students. The only focus should remain on the millions raised to fight pediatric cancer. It is unfortunate that Mr. Olbermann decided instead to attack the integrity of this great university and its student body."

Speaking from the floor of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre County) called Olbermann's remarks "unfortunate." Corman said THON is "really what Penn State is all about," before adding, "I'm very proud of the culture at Penn State."

Apparently stung by the Olbermann outburst, Penn State also took the talk show host to task. University spokesperson Lawrence Lokman called out Olbermann on Penn State's Facebook page. "Mr. Olbermann has apologized, which is appropriate," the post says. "We challenge him to make a donation to THON.org. The thousands upon thousands of Penn State students who take part in THON every year have created the largest student-led philanthropy program in the world. We could not be more proud of our Penn Staters and their selfless commitment to helping families and children affected by cancer."

News reports chronicling the Olbermann saga are everywhere, with Sports Illustrated, the New York Post, USAToday and many more running stories about the dust up.

And the Twitter comments haven't stopped, even with Olbermann's suspension and subsequent apology.

 

 

 

In case you missed it here are a few of the Twitter exchanges that touched off the furor, including the apology Olbermann released after being suspended by ESPN. (And be sure to take our poll at the bottom of the page and tell us what you think should happen to the ESPN commentator.

 

 

 

 

POLL: What should happen to ESPN's Keith Olbermann?

He should be fired
60%
He should have to donate to THON
12%
He should have to spend time with pediatric cancer patients
6%
He should have to apologize to Penn State students in person
5%
There is nothing he can do to make me happy
9%
Who's Keith Olbermann?
7%


Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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