ESPN suspends reporter Britt McHenry

AP

ESPN reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended by the network for a nasty and bizarre tirade against an attendant for a towing company.

McHenry, who was at the center of a controversy last season when Washington coach Jay Gruden called her reporting “amateurish,” verbally attacked a woman who works for a company that towed McHenry’s car.

“I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will f–king sue this place,” McHenry said, in comments captured by a security video that was posted to LiveLeak.com.

The towing company employee, who showed admirable restraint during the encounter, replied by warning McHenry that she was being recorded. That didn’t deter McHenry from spewing a series of insults in the other woman’s direction, including:

“I have a degree and you don’t.”

“I wouldn’t work in a scumbag place like this. It makes my skin crawl even being here.”

“With no education, no skill set — I just want to clarify that. Do you feel good about your job? So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?”

“I have a brain and you don’t.”

“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me here. I’m on television and you’re in a f–king trailer, honey. Lose some weight, baby girl.”

Once the tape was made public, McHenry issued a statement that had the feel of something written for her by a PR person.

“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and 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,” McHenry said in the statement.

Shortly after that apology was issued, ESPN released a statement saying that McHenry has been suspended for one week.

Frankly, McHenry got off easy. You could argue that this was a personal matter and that her employer shouldn’t suspend her for it, but that ignores the fact that McHenry made a specific point of noting that she works in television as she threatened to sue the towing company. She was using her status as an ESPN employee to assist her in her nasty attack on this towing company employee. At a company that suspended Bill Simmons three weeks for stating a harsh opinion about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, a suspension of just one week feels lenient.

McHenry says she will learn from this mistake, and maybe she will. One thing all of us should learn is that we now live in a world where we should always assume we’re on camera. That nasty thing you say in private today may be on YouTube tomorrow.

Another thing all of us should learn is to treat people with basic human decency. It’s unfortunate that McHenry had to be publicly shamed into learning that lesson.

317 responses to “ESPN suspends reporter Britt McHenry

  1. What did she say that is wrong? People that are towing cars are uneducated and have no skill-set, or they wouldn’t be doing such a worthless job. I fully back her in her tough love approach of trying to motivate the person to do more with their life.

  2. Wow.. Just saw the video. Suspend? Fire her. Learn how to treat people. Once her looks are gone she’s done.

    Why would anyone work with her?

  3. 90% of these female sideline reporters are useless. Pretty face and hot body are all they have working for them. Although, Sam Ponder is awesome

  4. “I fully back her in her tough love approach.”

    Umm, berating someone about their job, their body, and their mind is not “tough love.” Sounds more like borderline abuse. Actually sounds much more like hate than love.

  5. The ironic thing about all this is her saying “I’m on television” and she actually was!

    Now you’re not just reporting the news, “brainy” girl, you are the news!

    Guess Jay called it right calling her amateurish. She’s pretty amateur at life, too.

  6. That wasn’t that bad and ESPN’s reaction was appropriate.

    The video was clearly edited so we don’t know the whole exchange, plus if she was wrongfully towed of course she can sue the towing company. I’m sure upset people threaten that all the time.

    Not saying she was right but that was pretty tame as far as insults go.

  7. rodvmunchiii says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:15 PM
    What did she say that is wrong? People that are towing cars are uneducated and have no skill-set, or they wouldn’t be doing such a worthless job. I fully back her in her tough love approach of trying to motivate the person to do more with their life.
    *********************************
    Which Fortune 100 company do you run from your private island? I’m sure you did it all by yourself with your 4.0 GPA from a prestigious college. Losers always find someone to bully.

  8. Mixed feelings on this one, she comes off as being the trailer trash, while at the same time I HATE any and all parking enforcement/ towing personnel

  9. I honestly think times of stress and discomfort reveal your true character. I think MLK said something like that.

    I wouldn’t want to date her.

  10. She is angry at the world because of how much tail she has to constantly give up to land a job and keep it. It’s not that easy to be like able by the big bosses as a no name unless you….

  11. “Pretty much anything … you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. … But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings. They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see and how you measure value without ever being fully aware that’s what you’re doing.” – David Foster Wallace

  12. ESPN has a major problem considering they suspend someone every other week. They need to tell their employees they are a sports network not a frat house. Have some maturity and grow up

  13. You can’t fix stupid. She may have a degree, but she most likely went to school on the party plan.

    Personally, I’d terminate her ass. She’s not good looking enough to act like a mental midget.

  14. thegreatjimbrown says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:19 PM
    “I fully back her in her tough love approach.”

    Umm, berating someone about their job, their body, and their mind is not “tough love.” Sounds more like borderline abuse. Actually sounds much more like hate than love.

    ——

    Sometimes you can refurbish a stadium and rebuild from within the structure, but someones you have to tear it down before you can rebuild it.

  15. When she on TV, I pretend to listen to what’s she’s saying to pacify my wife. I still don’t have any idea of what she’s ever said, nor do I care.

  16. I say make her work for a week in the job of the person she berated. She might actually gain some perspective and empathy for those not born with all her “gifts”.

  17. “I have a brain and you don’t.”

    “Well, then, what did your brain tell you when I warned you that there was a camera on? Because it doesn’t seem to be giving you good advice.”

  18. Get her out of there.

    There are plenty more aspiring female reporters that actually have respect for others and themselves.

    With ESPN keeping her on the air after a week’s suspension, that only tells me that dat body is doing all the reporting they need…

  19. ESPN keeps giving more and more reasons to find other outlets for Sports.
    She should be suspended indefinitely if not fired.

    You don’t know that person, you don’t know what has happened in her life. You come across as a spoiled brat.

    Let’s see when gravity starts taking over where you are.

  20. It’s a shame we lost a class act like Stuart Scott but still have a shameless vile person like this on sportscenter every day. She showed her true character by speaking to the tow yard employee in this manner. The apology statement is nothing but a desperate attempt to save face.

  21. “as frustrated as I was, I should always take the high road.”

    translation: “I had every right to be angry at that slack-jawed yokel. But I should have kept my mouth shut.”

  22. All these ESPN clowns think this way. Listen to Cowherd some time. What kind of corporate culture do they have there? Instead of this airhead maybe they should take a look at the CEO.

  23. As she is obviously physically attractive, she is incredibly ugly inside. Anyone can be having a bad day and be short with someone in the working public, but to verbally insult anybody like that is a show of character. It’s not her first time, and, certainly, won’t be her last. Reminds me of one of the many people I know who have never had a blue collar job, and have never put in the grueling hours to make ends meat. She went from an athlete to successful reporter, mostly due to appearance, and doesn’t have the intelligence to realize that someone is just doing their job. (unless she knew personally the woman she was berating was the owner, which I obviously doubt.)

  24. I’m glad your education turned you into a liberal elitist. Its disgusting to see a human being treat another stranger like that. Its even worse that an eye candy no substance reporter thinks she is Marie Antoinette.

  25. Her absence will leave a definite void. ESPN just won’t seem the same without her for the next week.

  26. qdog112 says:
    Which Fortune 100 company do you run from your private island? I’m sure you did it all by yourself with your 4.0 GPA from a prestigious college. Losers always find someone to bully.

    ——-

    Hey I had a zero skill level job, when I was 16-20, while I was in high school and college. Everyone has to START somewhere, but if you’re just a middle aged person that makes their money driving a truck around, I don’t think its a stretch to say that they’re uneducated and haven’t done much with their life. Perhaps that tough love will help the person realize the failure that is their life and they’ll turn it around and do something productive. We can hope so.

  27. Yeah, I’m sure it was the intention of this spoiled brat I had never heard of before today to motivate this towing company employee to improve her life. Makes perfect sense.

  28. She is physically beautiful. What is disappointing is how condescending she is in this video.

    There is also another still shot of her flipping the bird while walking away.

  29. i honestly cant blame her when i was unlawfully towed, i insulted every one in there when i heard the price to get my car out.

  30. These type of ESPN reporters are worthless.

    “I’m here at the stadium before the game and it’s a big game today and Tom Brady hopes to throw some great passes today, blah, blah, blah….back to you Boomer.”

    The next time Britt or Sal Pal says anything relevant will be the first time. Another example of ESPN hypocrisy.

  31. She would be fired if she was my employee. I suspect the career she seems overly proud of is in danger. My guess is the tow truck driver gets the last laugh.

    Maybe she could offer her a new career.

  32. She was only suspended , because she’s a woman — if a white male does this , he’ll be instantly fired without a question.

  33. There goes her shot at the Broadcasters Hall Of Fame, now its straight to the Broads Hall Of Shame.

  34. If you had a brain you wouldn’t have let your car get towed in the first place.

    And great you have a degree *golf clap*. Like that automatically makes a person smart and a person without a degree stupid.

    Obviously a degree doesn’t make you a better human being.

  35. Everyone loses it on occasion. The difference here is that what she said revealed her true self and she indirectly mentioned her employer.

    It is an offense that she should lose her job over. She’s free to look for work and should find it given her credentials (i.e., she has a degree and all of her teeth in her head). Probably shouldn’t apply for a job at the Discovery Channel with Mike Rowe on “Dirty Jobs”.

  36. Right after your car gets towed you are in an understandably agitated frame of mind. She probably had a few pops in her too.

    While it isn’t right to berate someone for doing their job, this wasn’t on company time. It isn’t illegal to be a raging b!tch.

    Try towing Anna Wintour’s car and see what happens.

  37. “In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things.
    ———————–
    People who act like that don’t do it out of the blue. It’s who they are.

  38. That tow company is awful. They prey on cars. It is a disgusting practice. The employees at this company are rude to the people whose cars have been towed and yes they have done it illegally in some cases. That woman behind the glass is awful,she is terrible to people.

    Sure, Britt went off on her, but everyone has a breaking point when somebody else treats you like crap that you push back. Notice how the entire video is not shown and the level of disrespect by the woman behind the glass didn’t make it public.

  39. Why the outrage after all ESPN employs a murder…Ray Lewis. She is just a face with no brains, class or compassion. For those looking down on working people….you are pathetic and entitled.

  40. Sadly, I would bet at some point in the tirade,she stopped, took a selfie and posted it. This is what American society can expect for here on out. Egomaniacal, self-absorbed and vapid, Gen-whatevers, acting as if the world revolves around them and their phone.

  41. She looks exactly like the kind of girl that would say things like that. I hate people that think because they were lucky enough to be born beautiful they are above the rest.

  42. She should be fired. No one likes a “better than you” attitude. She is delusional if she thinks her education got her the job. Her face did. Sex sells. Her one week suspension is nearly as shameful on ESPN as her tirade.

  43. rodvmunchiii, what a waste of time your high school and college experience turned out to be!!! I don’t believe I’m writing this in response to such an ………… (feel free to fill in the blank-anything short of moron is TOO DAMN GOOD). Please for your sake be a troll, stirring up sh..it, and don’t be this seriously out of touch.

  44. Brit, watch out….karma will come back to bite you on this one. You may have the looks but I’m not impressed by your sports reporting ability.

  45. Anyone here ever been towed? They towed my car right in front of me, and there was not a no parking sign to be seen. “It must have blown down in the storm” they said. I still got towed, still had to pay $200+. Towing companies do suck. I didn’t scream and insult the people at the company, but I can understand how angry she must have been.

  46. Suspended? Great. Now how am I going get her reports from the American Hockey League playoffs?

  47. I’ve heard Tony Kornheiser say worse things to others while I worked in DC …

    They’re all elitist tools who contribute nothing to this world.

  48. Let’s face it, that part of the country is full of liars, cheaters and terrible people.

    Just look at the Pats.

  49. Regardless of what she said, those people who work at towing companies really are scum. No honor in that job, unless you’re towing people whose car broke down. But cruising around streets looking for an illegally parked car and charging $250 is a racket. Much worse than her tirade

  50. What a piece of crap human being.

    “I have a degree and you don’t”

    Not all of our mommies and daddys can afford to send us to Northwestern.

  51. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:50 PM

    Why the outrage after all ESPN employs a murder…Ray Lewis. She is just a face with no brains, class or compassion. For those looking down on working people….you are pathetic and entitled.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    First of all, Lewis was convicted on obstruction charges, not murder, manslaughter or the like. Secondly, both of the other suspects were acquitted as well. The now deceased parties in this case, started the whole ruckus by breaking a bottle over one of the accused heads. Acquitted on grounds of self defense. It’s all well documented.

    When you are learning how to read the actual case information, maybe you will pick up some spelling tips as well.

  52. Pretty lucky to get just a one-week suspension. And given the paltry amount of work she does for ESPN she might not even miss a single minute of air time in a week.

  53. Its really not a lot different than the Pharma Executive berating the Chickfila employee a few years back. He lost his job and still has not found work, so she came out ok compared to him.

  54. Nasty, yes. Bizarre, not even close. This type of reaction happens all the time. I recently saw a woman verbally undress an employee at an Apple store because he said they were booked but she could try to come back in an hour.

    Britt McHenry is so hot. She can come back to DC any time.

  55. If someone has been able to figure out which outrageous behavior will warrant a suspension and which won’t, can they please explain it to the rest of us because it is even more arbitrary than the NFL.

  56. Every single day, everyday normal people walk into, banks, McDonalds, service providers and lose their minds and say and do all kinds of horrible things.

    Also everyday repomen, parking attendants and tow truck drivers do their jobs and have regular everyday people lose their minds at them. Of course no onw likes being towed , getting booted or ticketed

    Why do we hold celebreties to higher standards? Buddy who played batman lost it on set and pepole applauded him for being so into his job

  57. Do the Sig Eps have a sister sorority? Because…yeah, she seems like the nasty, privileged ,not too bright, overly entitled, daddy’s princess whose gotten bailed out of being a can’t understand normal thinking mean girl before.

    Oh, and she’s not even that pretty. Maybe a 6.5

  58. The towing company employee showed “admirable restraint” because she probably hears this kind of BS (and worse) all the time from pissed-off people retrieving their vehicles, and learned long ago to tune it out.

    Plus, the smart outfits like this one have cameras to capture all reactions, perhaps for protectio…and the occasional payback. The towing company and employee are certainly having the last laugh.

    Not many things enrage us worse than having a vehicle towed and paying a king’s ransom for its release, even when it’s our own fault. It’s easy to lash out at the towing company, just for doing their job. And this woman apparently took it to another level with personal insults – despite being warned about the video recording. Obviously a very poor choice.

    If I were her, I would take it upon myself to personally and sincerely apologize to the employee for the rude behavior. And not as part of some ESPN punishment deal, but because…it’s simply the right thing to do.

  59. Her apology is a joke. Ms. McHenry said; “In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,”… It should read, “in an intense moment I allowed the real me come to the surface and let this loser to know just how much of a loser she was and how superior I am to her in every way”….

  60. Don’t they know she’s blond and good looking and always gets her way? Luckily she’s not part of an open murder investigation or they might have to give her a seat next to Ray Ray.

  61. They should not fire her but make her cover the pba on Sunday’s during football season. Let her be with the people that she thinks she’s above. If she is so educated then she should’ve jumped up and used the tow truck equipment to lower her car herself.

  62. alstottwastheman says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:41 PM
    She’s lucky, if the woman she yelled at were black she would have been fired and it would be 10x as big of a story.
    *******************
    If the woman she yelled at were black, she might have gotten her little flat butt stomped.

    Bigots always find a way to divert the actual story to point at someone else. See, I fixed it for ya.

  63. Funny that I never heard of her until I saw her covering the NHL today. My initial thought of her was wow is she unattractive. Her makeup looked Like something out of the Jokers kit. She also had that face of “I have a college degree from a terrible school” as well. So I laughed at her remarks about the employees lack of education. Good for those who find her attractive, but yikes.

  64. Well it’s easy to see who the “loser of a human being” is, and it’s not the tow company employee.

    The way that tow company employee handled things, someone should give her a promotion.

  65. Not surprising to be honest. We live in a fame obsessed culture, so even the one who get 30 seconds of air time once or twice a week feel like they’re above the normal folk. The elitist snobby ones are usually the ones that are semi famous. She doesn’t have a support group or a team of pr specialists to help humble her. I’m not saying everyone that’s famous needs to be taught on how to stay humble, but it sure must be tough to keep grounded when you’re “on the news.” This reminds me of a lot of the famous social media “stars.” Inflated egos from the get go.

  66. She totally acted inappropriately in this situation. That being said, if you’ve ever actually had to deal with a tow truck employee, she’s saying everything you ever wanted to say to them. They literally have no compassion and don’t give a care if your car was towed legally or illegally. They are total loser jerks and have come to terms with that fact.

  67. The irony is, she still has a job because she has all of her teeth and doesn’t need to lose weight. Hotties will always get the bennie of the doubt.

  68. Those calling for her being fired are dangerously wrong. Not every argument one has out of work should effect your job. This case especially. I challenge anyone who has been towed or dealt with a parking violation that you disagreed with to handle it calmly. In most cases to get your car back you 1)have to agree that it was towed legally and 2)that you will not seek recovery for any damages. So basically the tow company can do what they want. If you don’t pay, they don’t give your car and charge hundreds of dollars a night. What if you were wronged you have no choice but let them stick it to you. If she felt that way of course she lost it. So have you always stayed calm like a Zen master everytime you’ve been wronged. If not, it could be your job next time.

  69. Lol… When jay gruden of all people calls you an amature, you might want to rethink how you got that degree you were bragging about…. Clearly it wasn’t earned in the traditional sense

  70. All of a sudden, Salisbury breaking out his pecker every 15 seconds now seems kind of harmless, and makes one yearn back to those more innocent times.

  71. I can’t respect someone that would talk to a complete stranger like that. People that dothat are the one’s that never learn their lesson, when it comes to treating others decent.

  72. I won’t pretend to know what type of person Britt McHenry is. But what I do know is that she lived up to the stereotype of every beautiful woman on television.

  73. there are dozens of women out there that are basically the same person- look hot, played sports, can speak english. they could replace her tomorrow and no one would know or care. just off the top of my head- jenny dell, samantha ponder, stacey dales, heidi watney. theyre all interchangeable.

  74. ocdn says:
    Apr 16, 2015 7:44 PM
    Extremist right wing conservative looking down on labor…..

    ———————————————————————

    That’s a steaming pile! No basis whatsoever. Besides, Disney does not employ conservatives!

    She’s an entitled, arrogant elitist who deserves to be fired.

    I bet the towing company employee moves up in the company and has 10x the dough of McHenry in 10 years.

    Towing companies rake in the money, just like a pawn shops. Both businesses are a tax on morons.

  75. Yea you are on the news now.. This girl who is going off on someone that is working, doing her job and to yell out insults which are captured on camera should be fired. She is on the news as she says so she has to represent ESPN. Making that much money, having that great education, she should have known better. Being mad about your car being towed is one thing but adding personal attacks is another.

  76. Narcissist.

    A vulgar, vile, elitist, entitled pig — all disguised by big teeth and blonde hair. She revealed herself as human debris.

    Someone at ESPN HR needs to remind her that women get sideline gigs solely based on the fact MALES watch sports; it’s not that Northwestern degree, darlin’.

    A network that employs Ray Lewis doles out a one-week suspension. Yeah, sounds fair.

  77. Hey all you guys saying how “ugly” she is, why don’t you go date the the fat two truck worker. Yeah, I didn’t think. Beauty is more than skin deep, it’s in our genetic makeup.

  78. She didn’t berate her, most of the comments were almost mumbling to herself. She looks good, is educated and is trying in life. These tow companies are conmen and thieves. Yeah she’s the bad guy.

  79. Considering the network she works for. I’m not surprised by her actions.

  80. The sad thing is that McHenry is still considered a high character ESPN employee when compared to Ray Lewis.

  81. You’ve never dealt with that towing company. Each night they come through my parking lot looking for people to tow. Like clockwork at 10pm. They are the worst people to deal with and the only way to pay, whether you are right or wrong is straight cash honey like Randy Moss.

  82. In all fairness i went off on tow people before too.. Alot of them are aholes and probably took your car cuz its nice and they know you will pay. I have seen crap cars left alone cuz they know that the person is going to be like thanks!! But still she shouldnt act like a batch cuz of her career.. gotta be humble bout urself and accomplishments or get a some time at the beach like her..

  83. I have no problem with shat she said. These towing companies troll around looking for cars to tow. Usually with some agreement from the owners of properties. Which is fine, but like anything that has been given power, these snakes find ways to abuse it (towing before the meter has actually expired, etc) and there really is no recourse.

  84. No need to apologize Brit. You’re just stating facts. I don’t see what is “bizarre” about what she did. I’m sure the lady behind the counter is a nasty pig.

  85. That woman is a…ok, I can’t say what she is here. It’s a shame that the employee was restrained by professionalism and fear of losing a job.

    Some people just think they are better than everybody else and they behave horribly when they are inconvenienced in any way. I have no doubt that this is her real persona and I don’t buy the canned PR apology for a second. Where are the anti-bullying activists that went after Incognito? ESPN should have fired (not suspended) this woman the moment they saw the tape. Another pretty face would not be hard to find.

    Too bad the worker couldn’t respond with something like “One more insult from you and your face will no longer be pretty enough to be on TV”

  86. FinFan68 says:
    Apr 16, 2015 8:50 PM

    Too bad the worker couldn’t respond with something like “One more insult from you and your face will no longer be pretty enough to be on TV”

    ————-

    Responding to words with violence… and somehow you think that is high ground and is “anti-bullying.” Amazing.

  87. I don’t like this. We’ve all done and said things that are nasty and wrong, but we haven’t all been caught on tape at our worst moments. This woman might be a terrible person, but she didn’t break the law. She was rude and wrong and childish. I dislike how people do things that we disagree with in their personal lives, and then they are punished in their professional lives. She didn’t hurt the woman, she didn’t rob her, and she didn’t break the law.

  88. First off, she was attacking someone for doing their job. Using elitest language, the only thing missing was ‘do you know who I am?’.

    In today’s society those who get up and goto work are at least contributing to society. The worker isn’t sitting at home watching The View eating food bought with food stamps.

    ESPN is in the social justice business. Maybe before commenting further on future ‘issues or causes’ they need to look in the mirror.

  89. One week suspension? Are you kidding me? IMHO, she should be fired. Anybody up for a Change.org petition? Nah. I’m kidding. Those things never work. She’ll be back to work and only be nice when she’s absolutely sure that cameras are rolling.

  90. Just another ditzy blond who thinks her you know what don’t stink and that she is better than someone else because she is some ESPN bimbo. It took a lot of self control for the tow truck company employee to keep control of the situation. I wonder who showed the better character of the two. ESPN needs to take another look at this matter from the perspective of the person being verbally trashed.

  91. Paula Deen said some things that she shouldn’t have. Wouldn’t she have liked a one week suspension? Life and death lie in the power of the tongue. She should be fired. Only then would she be truly sorry for what she said. She wasn’t sorry…just sorry she got caught. She berated this woman far worse than Paula Deen did the African American community. And Deen wasn’t caught in the act…she admitted it. This woman’s weight, teeth, education level had nothing to do with what was going on. This is why I watch NFL Network.

  92. Being an abhorrent human being gets you a one week suspension from ESPN. Bill Simmons speaks the truth and gets slapped with a three week suspension. Evidently ESPN has its priorities backwards and doesn’t hold them to very high standards of professionalism. This tramp would be a better fit as a WWE Diva.

    Both she and ESPN should be embarrassed. If I did that and my employer found out, I’d be out of a job in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

  93. ESPN is a joke, if she worked for FOX everyone would want her fired in a heartbeat. Bill Simmons suspended 3 weeks, and this lady belittling the very people who put $$ in ESPN’s pocket. If that were me I would’ve spit in her face.

  94. “I’m in the news, sweetheart…”

    Take it easy there, Walter Cronkite.

    You’re correct in one way–you’re in the news now.

    They should turn that week-long suspension into, oh I don’t know, FOREVER. Next blond up…

  95. Relax, ya’all. So she went off on someone when she was really pissed. And all you folks in glass houses best not cast stones, unless of course, you are truly perfect.

  96. To everyone saying that she got her jobs solely because of her looks they don’t know anything about her. She graduated with honors from Stetson, and then went to Northwestern University….

  97. She has no talent. Where is classy Erin Andrews when u need her? Also Brit couldn’t shine Linda Cohns boots.

  98. People that report do it bc they like attention and wanted to find a way to be on TV. Most are pretty shallow ppl at heart and want to portray an image. Reporting really isnt a skill that’s all that impressive. All you need to do is show a personality and be articulate. Really easy for ppl already craving the attention.

    This video doesn’t surprise me in the least. And I’m sure the ppl at ESPN only suspended her bc they had to for their image. Another day in the life of the average reporter.

  99. She keeps on talking, even though she is told she is being recorded. Guess that degree makes her really smart.

  100. Eye candy, nothing more, daddy took her phone away for a week when she used her looks and no brains and ESPN and all the eye candy loving execs did the same thing.
    Shame on you, ESPN, get a back bone, bullying at it’s most obvious. But she’s so pretty….pathetic!

    Good looks a false sense of security. ESPN a poor, poor example of what it takes to be employed.

  101. Tow truck employees are not great people but Britt McHenry had no right to judge that woman she doesn’t know her. How would you like it someone came into your place of work and acted like that?

  102. If she was wearing leather, said all that stuff to me and then called me worm, I’d give her 50 bucks.

  103. Before anybody says that she didnt do anything wrong, the real beta test is how would they have handled this if it had been a guy?

    Am i the only one who notices that its the quasi-stars who say “do you know who I am ?

    No swamp donkey, if i knew who you were, you wouldnt need to ask me

  104. Typical ESPN diva. Just another in a ever growing line of video featuring ESPN on-air bullies going on tirades treating people like crap.

  105. Just a quick couple of questions, rodvmunchiii. Do you have any kids? If so, do you think it’s okay to talk to them the same way that McHenry spoke to the tow truck driver, if they do something you don’t like?

    Just curious if you have any compassion whatsoever.

  106. Interesting how situations bring out peoples’ true colors. ESPN did the right thing and hopefully will be firing her when they can.

  107. Thank you, PFT for calling out those fake apology statements. Too many athletes hide behind their agents or PR team with statements written in grammatically perfect English or using multi syllable words when the athlete can barely speak beyond Ebonics. It’s just sad

  108. Excellent point about the uneven punishments between this incident and what happened to Simmons. I’d be curious to hear ESPN’s explanation on why the suspensions were different, but I doubt that ever gets said publicly.

  109. She looks like she one of those that knows she is Hot. She should be fired and go to a small media market. Lost a lot of respect for her.

  110. Having worked briefly in the media and a degree in broadcasting, it is not surprising to see this. It is why I refuse to go back to work in the media. A majority of on-air personalities are arrogant a-holes and treat off-air staff like trash. It starts in college, they think they are something special, and it continues from there. There is nothing to knock them down to earth, no checks or balances. Big contracts, big egos. On air they seem like the coolest people, funny, charming. Off air is a completely different story.

  111. kenberthiaume says:
    Apr 16, 2015 8:35 PM
    Kudos to her for telling those lying thieves off. She’s right. She at least works for a living. Tow truck drivers are thieves plain and simple.

    She WORKS for a living? She asked stupid questions and states the obvious. The Tow Truck employees works for a living, people may not like when their car is towed but the tow truck employee is not responsible for the car being towed, you usually have to do something not right to have your car towed.

  112. Rude, blonde, and self-absorbed.
    Lemme guess — FOX News just contacted McHenry and offered her a primetime gig hurling petty insults at guests and callers.

  113. The players and coaches need to stand up for working class America and refuse to speak with this woman.

  114. She’s 28 and still goes by Britt instead of Brittany… that’s all I need to know about her.

  115. Britt McHenry is super HOT she can say what ever she wants…now she is more known than she ever was…. Adult heterosexual male sports fans want to watch her….she will still have her job….she did not say anything in the video that wasn’t true in all honesty…..she is more known now than she ever was before…

  116. And this is what you get when you get daddy’s spoiled rotten girl, mixed with the me entitled generation. I would bet my left and right testicle she was in a sorority too.

    Don’t worry, while she has the looks she lacks the talent of the average folk on ESPN. Give it a few more years and we won’t even remember who she is.

  117. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:50 PM

    Why the outrage after all ESPN employs a murder…Ray Lewis. She is just a face with no brains, class or compassion. For those looking down on working people….you are pathetic and entitled.

    _____________________________________

    Again, in Ray-Ray’s case, it was self-defense. Just like George Zimmerman, right?

  118. “I’m in the news,sweetheart” The woman there should have said ” I’ve got some “news” for you sweetheart, It’s going to be $350 to get your car back!

  119. The tow truck drivers I know might look gritty, trashy whatever but they got some money. They just not in the business of showing off

  120. STAY CLASSY ESPN….. I swear they are a bunch of DUMBASS..I like reading the comments and everyone still over there are equally stupid and they’re new redesigned website sucks I was hoping it was an April fool’s joke when I first saw it….

  121. Let’s face it. all you have to do is tune into the NFL Network or ESPN and look at the women they hire to report on sports or host a show and you’ll realize having brains isn’t a requirement. All they want is women who look hot in tight dresses and blouses.
    There are plenty of fat men reporting on sports, but they don’t hire fat women to report on sports. Yeah, there are a couple of them who are a little chunky, but you won’t ever see one that has a big belly, big butt, and legs like tree trunks, as some of the men do.
    The networks are so hypocritical in this, that it’s a joke. They pretend to care about women, but the fact is, they exploit them. Just watch the camera angles they use when they show cheerleaders. They focus on their assets to give the largely male audience clear views of what they want to see.
    So –no one should be surprised that this dopey woman fits the dumb blonde stereotype.

  122. Her NOT directly apologizing to the employee says everything that needs to be said about this entitled snatch who got hired for nothing more than being the hottest of the ones they interviewed that could somewhat speak about sports.

    I’m shocked at the 1 week suspension. Are you telling me ESPN that she’s that valuable? You’ve just boosted her arrogance/ego unjustifiably!

    Shame on you ESPN. I guess every day you’re more TMZ than sports. Bravo

  123. Is anyone really surprised by this?

    This is what gets produced when one has 1) no talent, but 2) good looks, and has everything handed to them based on the latter point.

    Spoiled Bi#ch.

  124. Loser. Smoking hot loser…. But a loser nonetheless. If she were a guy she probably would have been fired for the things she said. Despicable.

  125. ESPN should have fired her IMMEDIATELY.

    Understood that she wasn’t happy about the situation – but there is NEVER a reason to treat someone else like that – NEVER. Her statement of sorrow is 100% BS. The victim of this childish tirade deserves a lot of credit for not flipping out.

  126. Media in general and television in particular produce these types of egomaniacs. They assume the sun was created just to shine on them and showcase their “abilities”.
    There is a truth: what goes around comes around. Another version of it is you get back what you send out.
    ESPN should be ashamed for hiring someone with so little class. It reflects on them, not that that is surprising given some of the other toads they’ve produced like Steven A. and Keith O.

  127. Her sensitivity training will consist of being forced to binge-watch Parking Wars.

    If the towing company were in the wrong, there would be management to complain to. If that fails, she has access to a media outlet which could do a story on it. She really dropped the ball on this one…unless, of course, she was in the wrong from the start and looking to take it out on someone else rather than face up to the responsibility.

  128. Few things in life irk me to my core more than people who walk around looking down their nose at others. Only a jackass goes through life with a smug, superior attitude.

    She should be fired. Her true character has been revealed. I’ll be she verbally abuses those “beneath” her on a regular basis.

  129. Plenty of people working for towing companies know going in that they will be dealing with a bunch angry people whose cars, rightly or wrongly, were towed. These companies charge a towing fee and sometimes other ridiculous fees for holding your car. While McHenry went over the line, the tape is edited and it’s possible the woman behind the counter provoked her a bit. Nobody should be judged at her worst moments in private. She can apologize on twitter and serve her suspension and be done with this. For the most part, people are overreacting to this because we all love dirty laundry.

  130. kuranda84 says:
    Apr 16, 2015 8:55 PM

    I don’t like this. We’ve all done and said things that are nasty and wrong, but we haven’t all been caught on tape at our worst moments. This woman might be a terrible person, but she didn’t break the law. She was rude and wrong and childish. I dislike how people do things that we disagree with in their personal lives, and then they are punished in their professional lives. She didn’t hurt the woman, she didn’t rob her, and she didn’t break the law.
    __________________________________

    This totally went over your head. It’s not about breaking the law. Her employer has a certain standard of conduct that he has to abide by. What she did/said was wrong and ESPN (as her employer) has the right to do what they did.

  131. coltzfan166 says:
    Apr 16, 2015 8:04 PM
    One week?! She should’ve been fired!
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    Must be nice to be perfect and keep your composure at all times. Of course, it’s really easy staking out the high ground behind your keyboard. No crime was committed. Someone got pissed off that her car was towed and got mean. You want her fired and I’m sure there is some crime here you’d like to lock her up for.

  132. The suspension may only last a week — but this incident will follow her forever.

    She has veered into “Real Housewives of D.C.” territory. Maybe that’s where she’ll be in a year. Maybe that’s where she belongs.

    When you work in front of the camera, you got to figure the red light is always on.

  133. How can ESPN not fire her when she, as an on camera employee bullied so intently an innocent person just doing her job. she reflects very badly on her employer with such actions and not terminating her employment with ESPN shows they condone such outlandish behavior.

  134. unfkwthabl says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:15 PM
    she must think its her “brains” that got her that job
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    Dude!!! That was so funny! The sad truth is that you’re probably right.

  135. love the “im in the news sweetheart” comment. Oh that really sets you apart. You got a job at pathetic espn because of your blonde hair and 100lb frame. Nothing to do with your “degree”. I live in CT and have seen first hand how these espn trolls behave outside their bristol studio and it is every bit of this behavior and more.

  136. Not to excuse what she said, nothing she said is acceptable behavior for anyone to treat another human like that, but this tape was obviously edited. I would love to hear the full exchange between Britt and the towing employee.

    My bet is some nasty words were flying back and forth from both women and the towing company edited the tape to show Britt in a less-than-exemplary light.

    If Britt was unprovoked in saying these things, she has a lot to work on as a human to learn to respect others who may not be as fortunate as her.

  137. When ESPN was taken over by ABC, I suppose the liberal hypocrit minions would be in place in short order. As we can see, it is true. Maybe they will move Britt over to an another ABC affiliate to push taxing us even more, now for global warming, oops, wait, I think they changed that too climate change. Yea, say that one. Never mind they were caught lying about the science, just push it. We stirred up enough on RG3.

  138. “if you’re just a middle aged person that makes their money driving a truck around, I don’t think its a stretch to say that they’re uneducated and haven’t done much with their life. Perhaps that tough love will help the person realize the failure that is their life and they’ll turn it around and do something productive. ”

    First off, while I’m not a truck driver myself, I have a couple of friends who are, and they’re making 150k a year. You’d be surprised how much some people in blue collar work make.

    As far as the lady at the tow company, perhaps she’s a co-owner. You have no idea.

    Here’s a lesson for you. Don’t judge someone based on appearances. You’re going to be the fool if you do. Some folks don’t dress to the nines, because they save their money for things such as investments, or putting it back into their business.

  139. She is a small, vile, petty, beetch.

    However calling for her to lose her job? ESPN knows what they hired. If they want to keep that person around then fine. If she did that to another employee then fine, call for her firing. But last time I checked she can have a private life and be a beetch all she wants when she leaves work.

    People expecting a firing is weird. It’s like every worker bee suddenly thinks they get to play boss and the first thing they want to do is fire someone. Give it a rest already.

  140. Wonder how Britt “I got a brain and you don’t” would feel if this same towing company came and scooped her Holier than thou arse up off the highway late at night. It would be interesting to know why her car was towed as towing companies are contracted by the city to tow cars that are illegally parked, have expired registration, or a multitude of reasons. I m going out on a limb here and speculate that she probably thought with her “status” in life she needed a prime parking space whether it was legal or not.

    Poetic Justice would happen in this case if she should break down somewhere and have to need a tow truck that this uneducated mere peasant of this world be the one to have to help her out of a jam.. KARMA!

  141. loubearkane says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:28 PM
    ESPN keeps giving more and more reasons to find other outlets for Sports.
    She should be suspended indefinitely if not fired.

    You don’t know that person, you don’t know what has happened in her life. You come across as a spoiled brat.

    Let’s see when gravity starts taking over where you are
    ____________________________________________

    Where most are like her… Fighting aging at the plastic surgeon!!!!

  142. Honestly, Towing Companies are very shady in their practices and she isnt the first person to get heated with them for towing their car.

    Obviously, you get upset when you feel your car was unjustly towed.

    Too bad she was caught on tape, but honestly if you got your car towed and felt it was unjust, you would be irate as well.

    ps – no one is going to sue them because that causes a headache in itself for the time and money with the process.

  143. This no talent slime should have been fired. But, ESPN doesn’t have the stones to do what’s right. When I look at the picture of this entitlement wench, it makes my skin crawl.

  144. As a middle school guidance counselor, I deal with bullying on a day-to-day basis. Britt, really?
    I am totally disgusted by your behavior.

  145. Of course there are worse things in the world than Britt’s ridiculous rant, but would anyone bat an eye if ESPN dumped her and just hired another blond from Northwestern or Syracuse to taker her place?

  146. ocdn says:Apr 16, 2015 7:44 PM

    Extremist right wing conservative looking down on labor…..
    ————————————–

    Extremist Left wing liberal looking down on everyone…

  147. It’s disturbing that someone with such disdain for others uses her “perceived power” by saying: “…I’m in the news…”

    I guarantee this is not the first time she has behaved this way. ESPN needs to dump her immediately!

  148. She was puerile, classist, repulsive–and not for the first time. It’s telling that this merited one-third the sanction that Bill Simmons received. ESPN just reinforced her sense of entitlement, privilege. Nice job.

  149. Without hair and makeup I bet she is amazingly average.

    As someone once said, “no matter how hot a girl is, there’s a guy somewhere who’s tired of putting up with her.”

  150. patriots123456 says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:14 PM
    Another ESPN Diva…

    Fire her…
    ———————
    ESPN is more likely to give her a radio show where she can complain about John Wall’s “dance” every half hour.

  151. ESPN is probably not going to fire her remember this is the same network that still employees Chris Broussard despite his bigoted comments toward Jason Collins 2 years ago.

  152. Everyone has bad days, that’s a given, but I’ve apologized profusely for things that weren’t 1/10 as bad as that. This may not mean much to some, but it is obvious that her apology wasn’t sincere. I didn’t know who Britt McHenry was before this, and now unfortunately I hope she’s fired. The arrogance and self-importance displayed in that 1 minute video is impressive to even the biggest of narcissists.

    Bill Simmons got suspended for 3 weeks for calling Roger Goodell a liar. This person berates a low-level employee of a towing company DOING HER JOB, and gets chastised for it? ESPN where are your morals? You can suspend Bill Simmons for 3 weeks calling Goodell a liar, but McHenry makes fun of this person’s weight, teeth, education, etc., and you give her a week??? Again I ask. Where are your morals?

    I’m more sorry for the rant. Probably more sorry than Britt McHenry is for berating a towing company employee, but not as sorry as Britt McHenry was for getting caught. I understand everyone has bad days, but I’ve never said anything half as bad as this. Also, to those who say “who hasn’t done this?” I certainly haven’t, and I am assuming a ton of other people haven’t either. I believe she should be fired, because if you have any decency and core beliefs in your company and she didn’t just break all of them, maybe you should re-think your core beliefs and values.

  153. I’d be willing to bet she’s terminated within a week or two.

    ESPN (probably) can’t terminate her employment for this event, but I’m betting they’ll find some other reason to let her go.

    Two points: 1. She’s not Hannah Storm or one of the leading anchors, so letting her go won’t be a big deal.

    2. For every pretty young woman doing these jobs, there are dozens more just waiting for they chance.

    They could fire her at any time and have a replacement hired within five minutes.

  154. She was mad, in a frustrating situation and she lashed out. Please try to tell yourself that you haven’t acted in a similar manner at some point in your adult life.

    Anger makes you stupid. She didn’t hurt anyone and she didn’t cause anyone any trouble. She hurt someone’s feelings…

    Get off your high horses and stop making news out of this crap.

  155. Two weeks for Kornheiser, one week for this? Indefensible ESPN, you need to fire this despicable hateful entitled self-aggrandizing vile person and let her find a life among us peons… just indefensible on every front.

  156. She acted like a moron. So what.

    Being suspended because someone put up a video of it? Welcome to fascist Amerika.

    I completely detest HOW she acted, but for her to be suspended, THAT is the far BIGGER transgression.

    Anyone that still thinks we live in the land of the free and home of the brave…well you’re wrong, on BOTH counts… and it’s not even close. Like a square is a circle type, rudimentary a 3rd grader could understand type wrong.

    We’re going to have a hard time finding anyone to lead anything in a few years, because most people have put far too much online to ever pass a background check for a job.

  157. Stressful, intense, give me a break. Try being a single mother, working full-time and still be there for your kids. It was not to towing company’s fault. They were called. She tried to double dip on the parking at the restaurant. I hope that ESPN reviews all the comments, and fires her. She was so disrespectful.

  158. jmc8888 says: Apr 17, 2015 3:25 PM

    “She acted like a moron. So what.

    Being suspended because someone put up a video of it? Welcome to fascist Amerika.”

    When you’re in the public eye, you can’t act like she did. Get over your fascist Amerika issues, drama queen.

  159. Right or wrong stick a fork in her, she’s done in this business.

    She does absolutely nothing that any of the hundreds of attractive women out there that can look and sound good on TV. She’s suspended now and don’t be shocked if we don’t see her again.

    A monumentally stupid moment that will torpedo her career. Book it.

  160. I guess it was too hard for Britt to call the BBB to complain about them instead she felt the need to act like a fool and actually made people feel bad for someone who works for Advanced Towing.

  161. “Please try to tell yourself that you haven’t acted in a similar manner at some point in your adult life. ”

    I haven’t acted in a similar manner at some point in my adult life.

    I haven’t even seen more than a handful of people act in a similar manner in my entire adult life. So rare I can’t even remember…3? 4 times? In 30 years.

    Normal people don’t act like that in civilized society. Public figures especially shouldn’t.

  162. 2016 – I can see it now – This years winner of the AVN Best new actress award “Britt McHenry”

  163. she basically said everything about average joe’s that all people in the “entertainment ” industry feel. i don’t see the big deal but she is toast. she can’t recover from this. it’s not like espn can’t find another pretty blonde to read a teleprompter and sleep with the executive’s and athletes they cover.

  164. Suspend a week? From now on it is the duty of every “low-life scum common man and woman” to heckle and berate this truly nasty human being unmercifully every time she shows her surgically-enhance face in public.

    Unbelievable that ESPN is suspending for a week. I hope to God decent fans flood that network with complaints. She should be not only fired, but I hope the woman sues this bubble-headed bleach blond for verbal assault.

  165. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:31 PM
    There is no better judge of character than they way someone treats service industry employees.
    ************************************************

    What service was she being provided with?
    While her behavior as unacceptable & I can relate to her attitude.

  166. Let’s take a step back and answer this hypothetical question… If any one of the male personalities was taped in the same situation, saying the same thing… what would ESPN’s response have been?

    She is a DECENT reporter..not great… decent. I am all for equality… so treat her the same as they’d treat a male counterpart would have been treated.

  167. oldtrollmcgee says:
    Apr 16, 2015 6:32 PM
    I’m glad your education turned you into a liberal elitist. Its disgusting to see a human being treat another stranger like that. Its even worse that an eye candy no substance reporter thinks she is Marie Antoinette.

    ———————————

    I’m not sure I heard her mention politics anywhere in her rant, so why do you assume she’s “liberal”? This isn’t a Right vs. Left thing, this is just an awful person being awful. Can’t we just leave it at that without trying to shoehorn politics into it?

  168. I don’t blame this little hottie for blowing up at the low life who was going to tow her car. But I have to admit she was lucky it wasn’t a BLACK person she chewed out.
    Oh My, Sharpton, Jackson, and all of the Monkeys would have been out in force. She would have been fired and ESPN would have been sued for a million dollars.

  169. Her looks are the only reason she’s known at all. She’s not going to be such a barrel of fun once that wave finally hits the beach. Good luck to whoever has to deal with THAT.

  170. Do you think Shelly Smith and Linda Cohn would still be hired by ESPN if they were interviewing today??? I think we all know the answer. ESPN has gone the route of Hooters…

  171. Man, fired immediately, no complaints. Pretty girl, we have to be politically correct as to not be accused of abusing her and violating employment law, subjecting ourselves to a lawsuit.

    At first, I was shocked at Florio saying someone can be a douche away from work and they shouldn’t be punished if they are good at their job, as if he was defending her and then I got what he was saying. She got disciplined though because she is in the public eye and it affects the ESPN brand.

    Girl gets enabled. Sort of like family law court.

    And I say all this as the dad of two girls.

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