Never underestimate the power of kindness, or lack thereof. ESPN reporter Britt McHenry should have kept that in mind, as she is now being suspended by the network after a video surfaced showing her berating a towing company employee.
“Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week effectively immediately,” ESPN says in a statement Thursday (April 16).
A LiveLeak video started making the rounds April 16 where the reporter is incredibly mean to a worker in a parking lot, even though she is warned recording is taking place.
“I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will f***ing sue this place,” McHenry says in the video. “I wouldn’t work at a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.”
It is unclear what McHenry gets so worked up about, but the worst part is when the reporter starts insulting the employee using harsh words.
“Yep, that’s all you care about is just taking people’s money … with no education, no skill set. Just wanted to clarify that,” she says. “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh? Cause they look so stunning … cause I’m on television and you’re in a f***** trailer, honey.”
Not long after the video started circulating, McHenry issued an apology on Twitter.
“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” she says. “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.”