Britt McHenry

Since being let go by ESPN in the network’s massive wave of layoffs, reporter Britt McHenry has been attempting to redefine herself as a conservative pundit. She’s become increasingly outspoken about political issues on social media and blog posts, expressing a voice that she feels was difficult to vocalize while she worked at ESPN.

In McHenry’s view, getting away from sports has allowed her to more strongly identify herself as a conservative. Because of that, along with publicly commenting on political issues and drawing support for it, McHenry has expressed interest in making a move into politics with her career.

This is what she said to the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg in late July:

“What’s attractive to me right now is more than just sports,” she said. “And there aren’t a lot of women who are not afraid to express their opinion, like I have been, on the Right side. And so again, does that limit outlets? Yeah, but I think if you hate me, or if you love what I’m saying, it’s true to what I think. I’m not making it up. … I feel like a weight’s lifted off my shoulders, that I can say what I believe.”

Appearing on The Federalist Radio Hour in Washington, D.C. this week, McHenry once again expressed her ambitions to move beyond sports into political and social commentary.

“I’d rather do something that I believe and love than just take a job reading copy or doing a sideline report. I feel like I’ve done that already. I want to enter a new arena.”

McHenry went on to talk about the “stick to sports” controversy ESPN has been dealing with, expressing what many see as a liberal view in its commentary. The network should acknowledge politics and current events, especially as athletes become more outspoken on social issues, but be more inclusive in the views they allow on the air. Otherwise, yes, stick to sports.

“I think there’s a disconnect to the viewers — and I was on the road all the time, I’ve been in these stadiums, I’ve had fans come up to me — I think a lot of middle America isn’t necessarily acknowledged. I think that when you go on too much of a pioneering social justice stand — if that’s what you believe in, that’s great, good for you — but sports fans just want to watch sports. You can’t ignore that intersection of social issues with athletes and games.”

You can listen to the entire interview here, in which McHenry and host Ben Domenech discuss McHenry’s infamous incident with a parking lot attendant, how she dealt with that, and how it affected both her career and perception of her.

[Barrett Sports Media]

About Ian Casselberry

Ian is an editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has covered baseball for Yahoo! Sports, MLive.com, Bleacher Report and SB Nation, and provides analysis for several sports talk radio shows each week. He currently lives in Asheville, NC.

  • ChazzyJoe

    Every opinion she spouts I feel like I’ve heard a dozen times before. You don’t have to stick to sports, but maybe to something a little more creative.

    • Brian C. Lee

      Considering everything someone says has already been said by someone else, that’s going to be difficult (for anyone).

    • Christopher K. Smith

      There is a market for it.

  • Tookie Clothespin

    Translation: nobody will hire me to do anything sports related because I add nothing and conservative media has shown a willingness to hire dumb blondes that don’t know anything but, are willing to smile and read a teleprompter. So, I’m going where the money is.

    • Ja

      That’s not sexist

    • Christopher K. Smith

      Fair and balanced, here we go!

    • The_Equalizer

      And you know this how? Misinformed tool.

      • Tookie Clothespin

        Hey, it’s the president and lone member of the Britt McHenry fan club! And only a week late to the party.

  • MetaphysicalMan

    If anyone can make sense of that last blurb from McHenry, please. Did Middle America want to be acknowledged socially, or did they want to just watch sports?

    • Christopher K. Smith

      It was not a particularly eloquent quote. They (middle America?) don’t want the athletes, college or pro, to have voices and make political statements or discuss civil and human rights to which they (middle America?) disagree or oppose. It paints with a broad brush. I don’t know where, geographically, middle America starts and ends and there is a lot of acknowledgment of civil rights and the progress of society in big cities and college towns where all these stadiums are located, so I don’t know where she gets this. But, then again, who is going to walk up to Brit and talk about politics except someone who agrees with her and supports her treatment of others.

  • Al Wasser

    Certainly anyone has the right to his or her opinions. But does McHenry have any particular expertise that qualifies her as a political pundit?

    • Boardman Koko B Ware

      Can’t that be said of a lot of the big name political pundits? Someone like Ann Coulter for instance has a law background and minor involvement in politics but the reason she rose to fame and gets quoted all the time is because she’s very outspoken with extreme views. If you’re loud with opinions that appeal to the most fervent members of either political side you too can gain a following and rise to the political pundit!

    • Shawn Diiorio

      When you consider who our President is, I beleive any bum off the street could get into politices. I don’t think you even need to posses a brain.

      • The_Equalizer

        What’s your I.Q and which Degrees do you possess? Please post, so I can determine, if you have a brain!! Yes, I am going to judge you and your brain. So, please indulge me….

  • inku palios

    Britt McHenry is a disgruntled former ESPN employee who is a conservative, because of the infamous tape.

  • lvmra

    Probably another arena that she could enter is a Strip club.

    • The_Equalizer

      Pretty sure you couldn’t as a man or woman. rotfl.

  • thewatcher2

    Say hi to Stacey Dash on the “failed to reinvent myself to cover up my lack of talent unemployment line”.

  • sportsfan365

    The problem with this career change is that although McHenry might be hot, she is a dolt. She’ll never land a TV gig as she would get eaten alive on the air by anyone with half their wits about them. She could get away with that on a sports network, but it won’t fly when debating political topics.

  • Stone Gossardish

    I don’t think she’s going to work on TV again. There’s so little demand for on-air talent, and there’s some that see baggage there.

    It’s not anything against her, look how few of the ESPN laid off have been hired for on-air work since.

    • The_Equalizer

      Espn in for sale, of the 100 plus, funny that the majority were white conservatives…..

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