Update: ESPN suspended Britt McHenry for a week. The sports network made the decision late Thursday night.
April 16, 2015
When I look at Britt McHenry, I think what a beautiful woman. Let’s face it in the TV news and sports business good looks and smarts can always help open doors.
At the age of 28, she’s done well for herself.
But McHenry recently opened her mouth and got very ugly with a towing company cashier, telling her….
“That’s why I have a degree…”
“So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?”
“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me huh?”
“Cause I’m on television and you’re in a fu**ing trailer honey…”
“Lose some weight baby girl”
The towing company cashier told McHenry that she was being videotaped, but that didn’t stop the sports reporter. What caused her to lose it is still not known.
I don’t know McHenry personally. I’ve never watched any of her reports. But her actions not only hurt her reputation, but that of ESPN. She just made on-air people look bad too.
TV REPORTERS STOP THE EGO TRIP
I’ve reached out to McHenry to get her side of the story. What I do know is that she has fallen into that pit of the “big ego trip.” Hopefully someone will help her out of that ugly part of our business.
The rest of us can learn from her actions.
Remember we are public people as journalists. Even when we’re not working, we still represent our media company. We must be professionals all the time.
McHenry’s actions did not make ESPN look good and I don’t know if ESPN is reprimanding her for actions.
Also remember we’re not better than others. Are we blessed to have great jobs as journalists? Yes. But we’re not better. We’re just the messengers. There is no need to put anyone down for not having your looks, your education, and even your opportunities. That’s common sense.
Be humble, that simple.
McHenry has apologized on Twitter, but I really hope she has apologized to the towing company cashier in person. The towing company will probably video that too.
Here’s the sports reporter’s Twitter apology.
McHenry is right we all make mistakes, but we have to be extra careful not to get caught up in the moment or our egos.
Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy award-winning reporter with 28 years of television news experience. She’s also the Vice President of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Vice President of Membership with the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter.