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Another viral rant for the prima donna file

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Britt McHenry, a D.C.-based ESPN sports reporter, receives the dishonor of being this month’s Worst Communicator.

In mid-April, a video of her demeaning an employee of Advanced Towing of Arlington, Va., went viral, leading ESPN to suspend her for a week. During the short video, she spewed several hateful comments, including:

  • “I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will (expletive) sue this place.”
  • “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.”
  • “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?”
  • “I'm on television and you're in a (expletive) trailer, honey.”
  • “Lose some weight, baby girl.”

Shortly after ESPN announced her suspension, McHenry took to Twitter to apologize: "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things … I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”

Many people have condemned the towing company’s practices, so it’s possible that McHenry had been wronged. But here’s the thing: Her snobby, condescending and mean-spirited attack makes her out to be the bad guy.

The video proves that she is an immature prima donna. But what should be most concerning for ESPN is her lack of composure in a slightly stressful situation. (I refuse to believe it was “intense.”)

If she blows up every time things get a little hairy, her behavior will continue to tarnish the ESPN brand. Here’s to hoping she truly does learn from her mistakes.

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