ESPN Suspends Reporter After Surveillance Video Rant
LOS ANGELES - ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry for a week after a video surfaced of her berating a towing company worker in Virginia Thursday. The network announced the suspension on Twitter.
McHenry went posted her apology on Twitter, saying she allowed her frustrations to get the best of her during a stressful situation at the firm. "I ... said some insulting and regrettable things."
"As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake," she wrote.
In the minute-long video recorded from a surveillance camera, McHenry says to the unnamed employee at a register: "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will f.... sue this place."
Althought the employye tells McHenry that she is being recorded, she continues her rant, saying "That's why I have a degree and you don't," she said. "I wouldn't work at a scumbag place like this. Makes my skin crawl even being here."
Later McHenry adds, "maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?"
The reporter the latest of several ESPN on-air personalities to be suspended in the past year. Among the others were Keith Olbermann, Stephen A. Smith and Bill Simmons.
McHenry joined ESPN in 2014 after serving with WJLA in Washington. McHenry joined that station in 2008 and later its sports staff in 2010.
She attended Stetson as an undergraduate and Northwestern for graduate studies in journalism.