Keith Oelbermann and His Antics


The Penn State faithful were up in arms following last week’s $13 million THON total and the stupid remarks made on Twitter by an ESPN personality.
The ESPN personality in question has apparently been less than kind in his previous comments about the Sandusky scandal and Penn State in general but particularly in the recent repealing of the sanctions and the return of the 112 wins.
After THON and the Penn State community’s amazing effort in the support of The Four Diamonds Fund, an organization that provides financial support for research and treatment of pediatric cancer, a 1982 graduate of Penn State sent a “tweet” to said ESPN personality with a “WE ARE” and included a link to a THON video.
His response was “Pitiful.”
The Twitter-sphere exploded with Penn Staters calling ESPN guy out on his disrespect for the university. He continued to fire back. Fast forward to the end of the story and ESPN comes out with an apology, the sportscaster issues his own lame apology and then ESPN announces that he will be suspended for five days (with pay). There is an on-line petition with a mounting number of signatures requesting that the employee be permanently canned from ESPN.
In the service of not enabling the attention addiction that seems to be the curse of celebrity, I refuse to even type his name.
Through social media and bad decisions, even a has-been celebrity or sports personality can turn up the wattage of the spotlight and make it last just a little bit longer.
The last time this same sportscaster made particularly stupid comments he was fired from his job and then eventually picked up by ESPN. This time he disparages a whole university including its students and alumni and gets a five day vacation with pay.
It’s really not much different than the toddler in the department store shopping cart that gets the toy after throwing a temper tantrum. We will see this behavior again.
Reinforcing bad decisions and attention seeking guarantees it will be repeated.
by Patty Kleban on March 02, 2015 6:15 AM

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