Former ESPN commentator Keith Olbermann outraged social media users by using a story about a school shooting victim to score political points against Donald Trump and his supporters.
“This kid died to stop a school shooter whose mother echoed the Trumpist Fascism of @stoolpresidente and @barstoolsports,” Olbermann tweeted in response to a Barstool Sports story about football player Tate Myre, 16, who died Tuesday while attempting to disarm 15-year-old shooter Ethan Crumbley at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) December 2, 2021
Crumbley’s mother once wrote a letter praising Trump and the former president’s stance on gun rights, the Daily Beast reported.
- But critics saw Olbermann’s comments as a sign the former sportscaster was obsessed with Trump.
“I’ll never miss anything as much as Keith misses Trump,” tweeted conservative commentator Jim Treacher.
THE REAL STORY
Fellow Oxford High School students said Myre, a running back on the school’s football team, rushed Crumbley in an attempt to take away his firearm.
- Myre was shot repeatedly and died later from his injuries.
- A petition was created hours after the shooting calling for Oxford to rename the school’s sports stadium in Myre’s name.