McHenry was more than imperious and condescending, she was pretty dumb. (No, offense to blondes.)
She continued with her ugly diatribe even after the parking lot attendant warned her that her disgusting put-downs were being recorded on a security camera. The video, of course, promptly went viral.
ESPN responded with essentially a slap on the wrist; the network suspended McHenry for only a week.
The correspondent who works the sidelines at Washington Redskins games promptly turned to Twitter to apologize. No word on whether the network demanded it.
“In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things,” she wrote.
“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,” she added.
The language was a sharp, sharp contrast to her verbal assault on the attendant. Although she stopped short of pronouncing, “Don’t you know who I am?” McHenry coined a new effete: “I’m in the news, sweetheart.”
The odd thing is her stupidity led to the incident.
McHenry, 28, reportedly stopped to eat at a Chinese restaurant in Arlington, Va., a busy Washington suburb, and parked her car illegally. Tow truck companies are paid to swoop in and tow cars when that happens, especially if it’s during rush hour.
The reporter had to go to the impound lot to retrieve her car. That’s when she went off on the attendant.
“Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?’ she sneers. ‘Cause I’m on television and you’re in a fucking trailer, honey.”
As she left she added, “Lose some weight, baby girl.”
Incidentally, the attendant was well spoken, courteous and professional throughout the incident.
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(And, remember, we’re in the news, sweetheart)