Towing Company Releases Statement Following ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry's Suspension
Advanced Towing said in the statement that McHenry "is our neighbor" and "is human and errors in judgement can be made in the heat of the moment."
The towing company whose employee was berated by ESPN reporter Britt McHenry issued a statement on Friday following her suspension.
A video of McHenry directing negative comments at a tow yard clerk recorded the sports reporter saying, "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will f—ing sue this place" and "Yep, that's all you care about, is just taking people's money. With no education, no skillset. Just wanted to clarify that."
Advanced Towing said in the statement, obtained by the Washington Post, that McHenry "is our neighbor" and "is human and errors in judgment can be made in the heat of the moment."
The statement also said that neither the company, nor the clerk, whose name is Gina, "have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments."
McHenry was suspended for a week effective Thursday following the viral leaked video and posted an apology on Twitter: "In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things. 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."
The full Advanced Towing Statement is below.
To Whom It May Concern:
Parking enforcement is contentious by nature. At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments.
Ms. McHenry is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line. She is human and errors in judgment can be made in the heat of the moment.
Gina is a single mother of 3 children who works a difficult job to provide her family. Gina holds no ill will toward Ms. McHenry.
As a small regulated business, we saw no benefit to releasing the video, except to highlight personal attacks employees in jobs like towing, public parking enforcement and others sometimes encounter. The video was not licensed or sold to anyone.
Advanced Towing Co.