Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry was one of the 100 or so staffers that the Connecticut-based sports network ESPN laid off earlier this year to cut costs.
While the network has the ready-made excuse for firing McHenry that she was one of a large group that lost their jobs, McHenry is certain that she was let go because her outspoken conservatism was not welcomed at the increasingly liberal and hostile channel.
Britt has never hid the fact that she is a proud conservative. Earlier this year, she published a write-up on her personal blog detailing how she disagrees with members of the U.S. women’s soccer team who say that they should not have to stand for the National Anthem. Britt wrote, “It is a privilege and an opportunity to play for the United States of America, and if an individual makes the choice to accept that privilege, then they should absolutely stand for the national anthem.”
Back in January, she also posted via her Twitter account, “Love the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. #SCOTUS” These views, McHenry feels, alienated her from her bosses. She recently retweeted an article critical of ESPN by Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, saying, “I mean I’ve been openly Conservative… look how that ended up…”
Her post generated some backlash, to which Britt responded, “Need to take my opinions & truth to a place & blog that actually gets money for the clicks. I replied to a friend. Take it easy, Twitter.” She added, “Stay true to what you believe in–positive or negative, it’s still a reaction. Want the truth from me, come to my social media.” Do you think she was fired by ESPN because of her beliefs?