After a "regrettable" rant in which she viciously tore into a lowly tow truck employee for having "no education, no skillset" (and bad teeth), ESPN sideline reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended for a week.
In an edited April 6 security video posted on LiveLeak, Washington-based sideline reporter McHenry unloads on an off-camera attendant after her vehicle gets towed, telling her, “I’m in the news, sweetheart, I will f—–g sue this place.”
"Yep, that’s all you care about, is just taking people’s money,” says McHenry, adding disdainfully, “With no education, no skillset, just wanted to clarify that."
"Do you feel good about your job?" says the ESPN reporter, who’s been notified she’s on camera. "So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? … Why, cause I have a brain and you don’t?”
McHenry doesn't just tear the attendant down for what she assumes is a lack of education, but also for her appearance.
“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?” McHenry says. "‘Cause they look so stunning," she adds, "‘cause I’m on television and you’re in a f—–g trailer, honey.”
Before she leaves, McHenry throws in one last insult. “Lose some weight, baby girl,” she says.
Despite the abuse, the edited video shows the attendant remaining calm and cordial.
After the video made the rounds, ESPN announced her week-long suspension and McHenry issued an apology for saying "some insulting and regrettable things":
“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things," wrote McHenry. "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.”
UPDATE: TruthRevolt's Rip Curl noted Saturday that some research into Advanced Towing, the company who snagged McHenry's vehicle, suggests there might be another side to the story. He argues that the fact the video is edited to omit most of the attendant's statements, focusing instead on McHenry's ugly responses, and the company's decision to release it deliberately to shame her could be evidence of the company's alleged unscrupulous practices.