BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 24: TV personality Keith Olbermann speaks on stage at the Olbermann panel in the ESPN section of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) ORG-XMIT: 173423585 ORIG FILE ID: 174358664 (Photo: Getty Images)

JACKSON, miss. – ESPN broadcaster Keith Olbermann, who launched a social media fire storm when he attacked a Mississippi turkey hunter for killing a rare white goblin, [Wednesday] tweeted an apology to the young man Wednesday night.

"I'm an opponent of the trophy hunt and stick with it, but nobody should feel threatened. It was anything but my intention, and I apologize to Waltman for this tweet," Olbermann wrote.

Tweet Olbermann, a former MSNBC political commentator, was taken down by Twitter. The tweet attacked 22-year-old Hunter Waltman of Kiln and outdoor author Clarion Ledger writer Brian Broom. In Olbermann's apology broom was not mentioned.

Olbermann's original Tuesday tweet said:

Be rare and beautiful, so I should kill it. This pea-covered bastard identifies himself as Hunter Waltman and we should do our best to make sure the rest of his life is hell and the moron who wrote this cursed piece fired.

Olbermann wrote the tweet in response to a story that Broom wrote about a rare white turkey on Monday.

Waltman told Broom Wednesday that he had received verbal attacks as a result of Olbermann's tweet, and while no one threatened him directly, some said they hoped he would be harmed. 19659006] "Truth be told, it seemed like a threat to me," Waltman said, "making my life" hell "? That seems to me to be a threat. I would be glad he was fired. He went overboard.

Clarion Ledger's publisher, Sam R. Hall, tweeted on Wednesday: "Keith Olbermann's tweet was irresponsibly irresponsible. Someone with his entourage needs to understand the potential effects of his words.

"Communicating over 1 million people that a person's life can turn to hell could have serious consequences – in our newsroom, it would be a flammable offense if you do not write a story about a hunter who is eating a turkey."

Although Olbermann praised his supporters in social media, most respondents were negative: many on Twitter asked ESPN if Olbermann's actions violated their corporate policies while others said that he should be fired from the sport

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