ESPN reporter suspended for abusing cashier

ESPN reporter suspended for abusing cashier

An ESPN reporter has been suspended for a week after a expletive-filled videotape in which she insults a cashier went viral on Thursday.

"I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will f***ing sue this place," reporter Britt McHenry told a worker at Advance Towing in Arlington, Virginia, after her car was impounded, reported NBC news.

The one-minute rant was caught on a surveillance camera and posted on LiveLink.

The worker told Ms McHenry, 28, that she was being recorded, but it did not stop her from continuing her rant.

The Washington, DC-based reporter could also be heard saying "That's why I have a degree and you don't," and "I wouldn't work at a scumbag place like this, makes my skin crawl even being here."

When the employee told her that she would get her out of the office, Ms McHenry replied: "Yep, all you care about is taking people's money, with no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that."

The sports network announced her suspension on Twitter, CNN reported. An ESPN spokesman said: "We are aware of a recent exchange between Britt McHenry and a towing company employee. We are now reviewing the matter with her."

Ms McHenry apologised on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. She said: "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."

Ms McHenry joined ESPN last year. She is one of several ESPN on-air talents to be suspended in the past 12 months, reported CNN.

In February, anchor Keith Olbermann was off the air for almost a week after a Twitter spat that he had with fans of Penn State University.

Bill Simmons was suspended last September for three weeks for calling National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar.


This article was first published on April 18, 2015.
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