If you haven’t seen ESPN’s Britt McHenry’s temper tantrum that was posted on Live Link then you have to be living under a rock. Yet again we have a misbehaving sports story that is making the rounds of mainstream news, only this time its a female who is in trouble with her antics.
McHenry is seen at a towing company window berating the cashier, calling her stupid, fat, ugly, and uneducated. Really McHenry is a big bully in the video. She looks like a total brat.
Now ESPN has suspended her for one week and McHenry has done the “sorry but not sorry” apology.
In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and (cont) http://t.co/Wx37XF2QtM
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) April 16, 2015
Is Britt McHenry’s Behavior Bad for Female Sports Fans?
Yes, but not in the blatant way you might thing. Already many male sports fans, including my husband, think of women on the sideline “eye-candy” without good information of the sport they’re covering. So when we have one of these “pieces of eye candy” seen on a video having a hissy fit it damages female sports fans.
McHenry, and any other female reporter and sports fan owes it to our community to behave like a lady – I mean it wasn’t like Jayme Luckie was towing the car (people should totally yell at him). Yes you can be mad, frustrated, and pissed off but save it for Yelp like the rest of us.
What’s sad is that McHenry is really good at her job – she was brought up to the “big leagues” of ESPN last year and primarily stays in the Washington DC market. She’s covered all of the DC teams including the Redskins, Nationals, and Capitals. She’s been described as professional and sunny according to media insiders.
Maybe McHenry was having a really bad day. I’ve been towed and it SUCKS. But, NO ONE should bully anyone – particularly in this day and age where we’re all filmed – seriously it was just a towed car which yes is annoying and a hassle but it didn’t warrant McHenry personally attacking the employee.
Hopefully this all blows over soon but the real question is “does this impact female sports fans.”
I think it does – BIG time – because for many men we’re already seen as interlopers. I can’t tell you how many times I speaking to male sports fans and it always turns into: “Man she’s talking some shit.” Yet if another man says the same thing it’s often “a good point.”
As women in sports we always have an uphill battle to be respected for our opinions – and for decent bathrooms in ball parks. Having one of ESPN’s sideline reporters (who is seen by millions) caught having bad behavior is a bad reflection on the female sports fan.
So I hope McHenry learns from this mistake, and next time takes a deep breath. Remember your Gal Pals need you to represent us like the awesome you typically are.
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