Britt McHenry

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Britt McHenry
Britt McHenry 2011.jpg
McHenry in 2011.
Born Brittany May McHenry
(1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 31)
Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Television sports reporter

Brittany May "Britt" McHenry (born May 28, 1986) is an American sports reporter who worked for ESPN as a Washington, D.C.-based reporter. She was laid off as part of the ESPN layoffs that occurred beginning April 26th, 2017.

Early life[edit]

McHenry was born in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. After graduating from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida in 2004, where she was a member of the soccer team with future professional player Ashlyn Harris, McHenry attended Stetson University and played on the Hatters soccer team as a midfielder for the 2004 season.[1][2] After graduating magna cum laude in 2007 from Stetson, McHenry went on to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. At Medill, McHenry started covering stories in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

Career[edit]

After graduating from journalism school, McHenry began her career working for WJLA-TV, ABC Television's Washington affiliate, and its sister station NewsChannel 8 as a sports reporter and fill-in anchor. After two weeks at Fox Sports San Diego as a dugout reporter on the San Diego Padres telecasts, she returned to ABC 7. In March 2014, she left ABC 7 to join ESPN as a Washington, D.C.-based bureau reporter. She served as correspondent for various shows including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL Live and Baseball Tonight.[4] On April 27, 2017, McHenry announced on Twitter that she was being let go by ESPN, with the NFL Draft being her last assignment.

Verbal abuse controversy[edit]

On April 16, 2015, a sequence of video segments of McHenry verbally abusing a tow lot employee was posted on LiveLeak.[5] In the video, McHenry announces that she is a TV reporter, makes numerous disparaging remarks about the employee's appearance, makes fun of the employee's job, ridicules what she thinks is the employee's level of education, and threatens to sue. "Maybe if I was [sic] missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?" she asks.[6]

McHenry later apologized on Twitter, writing: "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things... I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake."[7] In response to the incident, ESPN suspended McHenry from the network for one week.[8]

A day later, the towing company released a statement saying they did not want to see McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-time letterwinners". Stetson Women's Soccer 2009. Stetson University. p. 25. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "#29 Brittany McHenry". Stetson University. Archived from the original on January 16, 2005. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ McHenry, Brittany (May 27, 2008). "Remember the troops, Army vet says, but get out of this war". Medill Reports. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Britt McHenry". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ ESPN Reporter and former ABC News Reporter Britt McHenry Criticizing Lot Clerk. LiveLeak. April 16, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gender bender at ESPN? If Britt (Brat) McHenry was a man, she'd be out of a job". New York Daily News. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Britt McHerny Tweet on Twitter
  8. ^ Mandell, Nina (April 16, 2015). "ESPN suspends Britt McHenry:Emotions [got] the best of me". ftw.usatoday.com. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Yates, Clinton; Larimer, Sarah (April 17, 2015). "Towing company releases statement following Britt McHenry suspension". Washington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ Parker, Ryan (April 17, 2015). "Tow company forgives Britt McHenry for rant, others out for blood". LA Times. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ Freed, Benjamin (April 17, 2015). "Arlington Towing Company in Britt McHenry Video Has a Long History of Complaints". Washingtonian. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 

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