ESPN reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended a week, effective immediately, after video surfaced of her berating a towing-company clerk to “lose some weight, baby girl,” among a string of other insults.
In what appears to be security-camera footage, McHenry also insulted the clerk’s education, teeth, intelligence and more while apparently paying for a towed vehicle. She continued even after the clerk mentioned that the entire exchange was being recorded on video camera. Subtitled versions of the video soon appeared on sites such as Live Leak, here:
This afternoon, ESPN’s Josh Krulewitz posted this on Twitter:
McHenry, meanwhile, posted an apology on Twitter:
McHenry has been with ESPN about a year, coming over to the sports network from a local ABC affiliate. She is based in Washington, D.C. The whole of her statement reads:
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 is only the latest in a long line of ESPN on-air talent – including Keith Olbermann, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman – to take an unanticipated and unpaid break after untoward comments, especially about the increasingly sensitive topic of domestic violence.