WASHINGTON, DC (WTTG) - ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry for one week after video was released online that appears to show her verbally berating a towing company employee.
McHenry tweeted Thursday afternoon: "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."
The video starts with McHenry saying, "I'm in the news sweetheart, I will [expletive] sue this place."
The towing company employee responds by threatening to play the video from the camera that is recording their interaction.
The edited video then shows McHenry going on to say, "That's why I have a degree and you don't. I wouldn't work at a scumbag place like this.
"Makes my skin crawl even being here. Yep, that's all you care about, is just taking people's money. With no education, no skill set, just wanted to clarify that."
McHenry then asks, "Do you feel good about your job? So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing? Because I have a brain and you don't. Maybe if I was missing some teeth, they would hire me, huh?
"Oh like yours because they look so stunning ... Because I'm on television and you're in a [expletive] trailer honey. Lose some weight baby girl."
According to ARLnow.com, McHenry tweeted the website on April 6 saying that she had her car towed while having dinner from a Chinese restaurant parking lot in Arlington, Va.
McHenry used to work as a sports reporter in Washington D.C. at WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 before she was hired by ESPN in 2014.