As professional, a person is supposed to act like one. ESPN’s Britt McHenry isn’t a professional and ESPN doesn’t seem to care about employing professionals anymore because it has become nothing more than one big clown car.
I’m sure many of you have already seen the video of McHenry verbally belittling, degrading and bludgeoning an employee at a tow-truck operator.
It surfaced last night and ESPN’s response to it was, “A one week suspension,” or vacation, if you’re McHenry
Are you kidding me? A one-week suspension for a woman who has been at ESPN for a little more than a year? In my book, you’re still a newbie, especially at a company that has many employees who have been there for over 10 years, and a healthy other portion of employees who have been there even longer.
Nobody, no matter what profession they are in or what job they have, should have to succumb to that kind of verbal abuse. It’s utterly pathetic, distasteful and disgraceful.
When a person, like McHenry, is a public figure, they’re held to a higher standard. It’s the same thing as being an athlete or celebrity. She is required to act professional at all times when out in public, no matter the situation or circumstance might be.
In my opinion, she should be fired. Even a six-month suspension with no pay would have been worth it, too.
And the one thing that bugs me the most about all of this is social media. Why do people think it is O.K. to apologize via Twitter or Facebook? Tweeting or posting doesn’t resolve anything or heal any wounds, it just shows how much more of a coward that person really is.
It’s cowardly because apologizing in your phone is a helluva lot easier than even calling a person to apologize.
Her tweet doesn’t make the lot employee feel any better nor does it help the reporter heal her public image, which will be even more difficult to heal.
Look what happened to Brian Williams when he lied. He was the best of the best, and because he lied, about something rather very significant, his reputation stands for nothing now.
While these are completely different things, both Williams and McHenry not only represent themselves and their personal brand, they also represent major news corporations.
It will never get bigger for McHenry after this. No CBS, FOX or NBC.
Most Americans love nothing more than a good-looking, blonde 28-year old girl with a Masters.
Unfortunately, her looks are better than her personality and attitude.