( 4UMF NEWS ) ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended:
Foul-mouthed ESPN reporter Britt McHenry was given a timeout after a shocking video of the sportscaster berating and belittling a towing company employee went viral Thursday.
McHenry was suspended for one week following the release of footage showing the blond beauty unleashing a barrage of insults and mocking the attendant’s job, education and physical appearance after her car was towed earlier this month in Arlington, Va.
“I’m in the news, sweetheart, I will f—ing sue this place,” McHenry hisses in the video posted by LiveLeak.
The sidelined reporter — who tweeted and then deleted that Advanced Towing was “corrupt” on April 6 — can be seen on security footage nastily explaining why she’s a more worthy human being.
“I’m on television, and you’re in a f—ing trailer, honey,” she later says, even referring to the attendant as a “college dropout.”
McHenry, 28, attended Stetson University in Deland, Fla., and received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
The edited clip plays like a highlight reel of jabs and insults as McHenry, who joined ESPN in March 2014, attacks the looks of her prey, who is off-camera.
“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?” she asks.
But wait, there’s more. The reporter gets in a final dig before walking away: “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
A woman who answered the phone at Advanced Towing declined to comment on the salty-language-laced video. The company has an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau and numerous scathing complaints on the review site Yelp.
McHenry apologized for her behavior Thursday after the video went viral.
“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” the sportscaster tweeted to her 97,500 followers. “I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”
It was business as usual earlier in the day as ESPN repeatedly broadcast an interview McHenry conducted with Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby gearing up for Thursday night’s NHL playoff game against the Rangers.
When reached for comment, a network spokesman said the suspension was “effective immediately.”