ESPN's Britt McHenry dishes on viral video backlash: 'I truly feared for my life'

Andrew Joseph
ESPN television reporter Britt McHenry smiles before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ORG XMIT: NAT10

In April 2015, ESPN reporter Britt McHenry was at the center of controversy after a video of her insulting a tow lot attendant went viral.

She was suspended for one week and called her language "regrettable" in a tweet shortly before the suspension was announced.

In an article as told to Marie Claire, McHenry detailed the very moments the video went public and how she dealt with the intense backlash that followed.

She said:

An avalanche of posts and tweets followed. With each new post, I felt like my life was imploding all over again. Soon more than 30,000 new people had started following me on Twitter, tweeting threats and insults I can't repeat. I truly feared for my life. So much so that I eventually filed a police report for my protection.

I was suspended from work for a week. I hibernated, not leaving my place other than to walk my dog. When I turned on the television, it seemed like people were talking about the video on every channel. Assumptions were made about me, my life, and, most hurtfully, my family.

McHenry continued, adding that she brought it all on herself.

I knew I had brought all of this on myself. I apologized on Twitter and meant it. I felt awful about the hurtful words that had come out of my mouth in the exchange with the towing company employee. No matter the tenor of the conversation, I never should have responded in such a personal way.

You can read the full story here.