ESPN Sportscaster Attacks Sportsman

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann attacks a young Mississippi hunter for harvesting a turkey in turkey season. READ IT ALL

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Perhaps jealous of all of the negative coverage his MSNBC protégé has received in recent days, last week ESPN host Keith Olbermann launched an unhinged Twitter attack against a Mississippi turkey hunter that earned the political commentator widespread scorn.

The target of Olbermann’s ire was 22-year-old outdoorsman Hunter Waltman. A turkey hunter, Waltman was the subject of a piece in Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger. The article chronicled how Waltman lawfully harvested a rare white wild turkey. Olbermann also took issue with the newspaper’s outdoors writer Brian Broom for reporting on Waltman’s accomplishment.

On March 26, Olbermann tweeted out a link to the Clarion Ledger story and mocked Waltman, commenting “It be rare and beautiful so me should kill it.” Olbermann went on to state, “This pea-brained scumbag identifies himself as Hunter Waltman and we should do our best to make the rest of his life a living hell. And the nitwit clown who wrote this fawning piece should be fired.”

Olbermann doesn’t appear to have a general problem with harvesting turkeys for human consumption, reserving his scorn only for those who do so in the most ethical manner. Some astute observers pointed out that in the 1990s Olbermann served as a commercial spokesman for fast food chain Boston Market. In one television spot, the self-appointed gobbler guardian can be seen hawking a “$4 turkey melt BLT combo.”

In a follow-up article about Olbermann’s belligerent comments, Waltman noted that as a result of the ESPN host’s actions he had been on the receiving end of online harassment. Waltman told the Clarion Ledger, “They text me all kinds of stuff. If he (Olbermann) hadn’t done that, none of this would have happened.” The young hunter added, “To tell you the truth, it seemed like a threat to me…Make (my) life ‘a living hell?’ That seems like a threat to me.”

In addressing the matter, Bloom’s editor at the Clarion ledger showed support for both his writer and Waltman. With an obvious sarcasm, Clarion-Ledger’s Executive Editor Sam R. Hall tweeted, “@KeithOlbermann says @BrianBroom should be fired for writing this story. What was I thinking? I guess I should have fired our outdoors writer for writing about a hunter killing an unusual turkey during turkey hunting season.” Hall went on to note, “Keith Olbermann‘s tweet was recklessly irresponsible. Someone with his following needs to understand the possible impact of his words. Telling over 1 million people to make someone’s life a living hell could have seriously dangerous consequences,” adding, “In our newsroom, that would be a fireable offense, not writing a story about a hunter bagging a turkey.”

After receiving significant criticism for his remarks about Waltman, Olbermann apologized to the hunter on Twitter. On March 27, Olbermann wrote, “I am an opponent of trophy hunting and remain so, but nobody should feel threatened. This was anything but my intent, so I unreservedly apologize to Mr. Waltman for this tweet.” Given that Olbermann explicitly called on his followers “to make the rest of [Waltman’s] life a living hell,” readers will have to judge for themselves the sincerity of the ESPN host’s apology. ESPN responded to the controversy with a statement that said, “We have spoken to him about not making personal attacks.”

Having to address the outlandish political statements of its on air personalities is a recurring problem for ESPN. In late 2017, the network’s ombudsman admitted that the purported sports station was “awash in rising political tide.” Amidst slumping ratings, in early 2018 the network promised to return its flagship SportsCenter program “to its roots as a hub of news and highlights” rather than political commentary. Olbermann is a current host of SportsCenter.

Olbermann’s latest outburst will cause some to question the network’s commitment to this return to form. It is anyone’s guess as to whether whatever internal action ESPN might have taken will be enough to prevent Olbermann from indulging his bizarre prejudices in the future.

13 thoughts on “ESPN Sportscaster Attacks Sportsman”

  1. Maybe the moron running his mouth and urging his minions to make the young hunters life “a living hell” should put on his big boy pants (if has any) and man up. Catch a bus and talk to the young man face to face. And yes, what you urged people to do was a threat under the law. PS: if you don’t like trophy hunting, don’t do any. Stick with selling Turkey burgers.

  2. Olbermann’s latest outburst rises to the level of a terroristic threat. Mr. Waltman should sue him and ESPN. That is the only way these types of irresponsible twitter comments will end.

  3. Boycott Olbermann’s advertisers. No advertising revenue means ESPN Bambi lovers will be off the air.

  4. Fire him what that young man shot was another turkey ,nothing more nothing less, rare yes but maybe so but also a cull probably as it is probably a throw back that does not need to get started in that congress.

  5. The jerk does not understand that any animal out of the normal color phase does not live or last long, Genetics are against them.
    White deer are gone very fast.
    I am not a trophy hunter in any sense and just want edible meat and let large bucks go on. Many that hunt for racks waste the meat. If you just trophy hunt and use the meat I am fine with that but I moved away when meat stunk or was so tough even a pressure cooker did not work and I do not like to waste any part of the animal. Watch hunts on TV and they can’t find the animal so go back the next day to find it bloated and rotting. You can’t cook antlers long enough to eat. Even a gut shot deer will be cleaned and washed out. Once the trigger is pulled I never, ever give up to find it. A friend says it stinks, leave it, not going to happen.
    A white turkey is just a turkey to eat and might have been bred from a domestic. A disruption in the wild.

  6. Waltman should contact the same attorney that is representing the Covington kid. Might be a few million dollars in it for him.

  7. So…this pompus, self-absorbed, errigant ESPN employee can degrade, condem, insult, ridecule an individual he knows NOTHING about AND then insite, encourage and direct 1,000,000 followers “to make this person’s life miseralble FOREVER” and his employer is FINE with a “oh I’m sorry I didnt mean to hurt anyones feelings”.
    If a conservative broadcaster had done that the reprocussions would have been loud and devestating from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC conservativee ESPN themselves. FINE DEMANDS, TERMINATION DEMANDS, PERSONAL MEDIA BLASTING, PROTESTS AT HIS/HER HOME for weeks on end.
    BUT for this clown “oh I’m sorry” is just fine.
    Looks like ESPN is now included on my ‘DO NOT WATCH’ list.
    The young man needs to sue for degradation, liable and insiting to make his miserable forever.

  8. It’s a shame that ESPN has turned this way. Having people like Keith Olberman and some others have ruined this network plus whoever makes there programming changes. Why can’t they be the ESPN of days gone by when they showed programs like Celebrity Star Shot and even SHOOTING USA so at one time ESPN was a good network but not now.

  9. Since turkey hunting is a sport and Mr. Olbermann is a current host of SportsCenter at ESPN, maybe he should rethink his vocation, or perhaps his employer should rethink it for him.

  10. Both the local writer and the hunter should sue, no apology will stop the crazy’s! Remember the girl who posted hunting pics, they threatened her life and posted her address on the net. Take Olbermann’s money it;s all they understand.
    (I don’t think Olbermann should show up in Mississippi for any reason)

  11. I say the turkey hunter should lawyer up, make some money off ESPN for threatening his life and safety. Then go buy more guns to hunt with. Maybe even kill a white deer etc. Something to publish!

  12. Olbermann has been like this since he lost his testicles in a freak synchronized swimming routine, the most strenuous activity he has ever participated in. His love of the two-piece bathing suit is only surpassed by his love of his professionally tailored hot pink Tutu and his knockoff ruby slippers. He strongly believes that sometimes men just want to feel “pretty”, and dresses accordingly.

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