Sports reporter Britt McHenry suggested that ESPN fired her because she is politically conservative.


McHenry was one of about 100 employees of the sports media giant to be let go a couple months ago. This week, an article came out claiming that ESPN is not a liberal company, and McHenry responded with, “I mean I’ve been openly Conservative… look how that ended up…”

The tweet has since been deleted, but it reopened the ESPN drama. The week following the layoffs, SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn wondered whether the politics of the company was hurting its ratings, and thus its ability to pay its employees.

McHenry spent three years at ESPN as a correspondent on various shows, including SportsCenter and NFL Live. She was suspended for one week during that run for verbally assaulting a towing company employee on camera. She issued a lengthy apology for that incident last December.


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The 31-year-old has been both quiet and outspoken about her conservative political views. She attended a GOP event last year, for example, and posted a photo of herself with Paul Ryan to her Instagram account, which was deleted soon after. She also subtly “liked” a tweet by another reporter mocking Colin Kaepernick for speaking out against police officer shootings of black men and women.

McHenry is still searching for work after she was let go.

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