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ESPN Slammed for Suspending Reporter Over Towing Tirade

By    |   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 11:41 PM

Two journalists came to the defense Friday of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry, who was suspended for a week after a video surfaced with her making derogatory comments to a towing company clerk.

McHenry, a Washington-based reporter for the sports network since March 2014, had gone to the Advanced Towing Co. offices in Arlington, Va., after her car was towed. The video showed her making disparaging remarks about the clerk's job, appearance and intelligence.

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The reporter has since apologized — and Advanced Towing said in a statement Friday that neither the clerk nor the company wanted McHenry suspended or terminated.

However, New York Post columnist Kyle Smith said Advanced Towing, which is based in Arlington, had an "F" rating from the local Better Business Bureau.

"Out of 40 complaints lodged against the company in the last three years, Advanced Towing has simply ignored 37," Smith said.

He then cited negative customer reviews from Yelp.com. Many slammed Advanced Towing for taking in legally parked cars, damaging vehicles — even double-billing credit cards.

They also blasted company employees for being rude, disrespectful and inattentive when they complained.

"These guys don't take good care of the vehicles they tow and they watch lots like Hawks around the Arlington area," one customer said on the site.

Smith cited a customer in his column who had dealt with a worker "who was rude and insulting and informed her that disputing a charge on a credit card was a felony."
He noted that the video of the incident edits out what the Advanced Towing employee said to McHenry.

"And how do you feel about private companies with which you did not choose to do business making videos of you, then leaking them to the media for the purpose of humiliating you?" Smith asked.

"McHenry’s private conversation wasn’t actually any of ESPN’s business and should not even have been captured or distributed without her consent," he added, saying that ESPN acted quickly because the network was "terrified of the online mob and panicked."

Smith said that ESPN should "do the right thing and reinstate McHenry until it learns the whole story — or simply concede that sometimes people lose their tempers."

Meanwhile, Fox News host Dana Perino also said that McHenry should not have been suspended because the incident was private.

"She wasn’t on the clock, she wasn’t working for them," Perino said on "The Five" program. "It really had nothing to do with ESPN."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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