ESPN reporter suspended after video shows her berating tow company employee

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WARNING: The video below contains several usages of profanity. Viewer discretion is advised.

WASHINGTON — ESPN’s Britt McHenry has been suspended for a week after a video was leaked online that apparently shows her berating a tow company worker.

McHenry was eating dinner in Arlington, Va., on April 5, when her car was towed. McHenry tweeted about her car getting towed:

“Just got towed after eating dinner at an establishment in Arlington. How corrupt is Advanced Towing?”

The tweet has since been deleted.

In the leaked video, McHenry can apparently be heard telling the towing company worker, “I’m in the news, sweetheart.” She then unleashes a number of four-letter words at the worker.

McHenry goes on to say:

“Do you feel good about your job? So I can be a college dropout and do the same thing? Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh? I’m in television and you’re in a F$@# trailer, honey.”

McHenry eventually tells the attendant to, “Lose some weight, baby girl.”

The worker can also be heard threatening to release video of the altercation.

McHenry has apologized, calling the altercation an “intense and stressful moment:”


    • Linda Fisher

      Are you kidding? Tow truck drivers are people, they drive a tow truck to support themselves and their families. They don’t deserve to be talked down to and called names. So they may not be on TV, big deal. They probably treat people better than this girl ever has. She certainly seems entitled. She deserves more than just a suspension, she needs to be fired, that might just knock her down a peg or two.

  • Jimmy Choo

    We are talking about a tow truck/ Impound company here. Who could keep their composure, dealing with these predatory dirt bags. How many laws across the country have been passed to keep these people from stealing all your money. They took and were holding her expensive piece of property. You know you would act the same way. Don’t suspend, applaud her efforts for fighting for the right.

    • Josh

      You missed the point. It’s not about the towing industry, it’s that she was bullying and demeaning the employee.

  • TimO

    So I guess the tow company is sanctioned to just pick cars at random? I am sure she didn’t park in a fire zone, handicap spot, or private lot. Actions have consequences. Regardless of the towing company’s scruples she did something to violate an ordinance. She does not deserve to be a public face if she can’t even face the public with some dignity and respect. I’m glad I don’t have ESPN.

    • aubs

      I totally agree, this woman who acts like a 6 year old brat needs to give an on air apology and then be fired by ESPN. I have had my car towed before and its frustrating yes….but NOTHING excuses her behavior. She needs to go back to kindergarten to learn to treat people how you want to be treated. Her behavior is disgusting period.

  • sana

    She is evil .. because your on television that makes you better?? No .. your a waste of air time.. fire her

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.