Fired ESPN host Britt McHenry went on an online rant against former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ESPN contributor John Feinstein Wednesday.
McHenry wrote a lengthy blog post criticizing Kaepernick’s tweets about his trip to Ghana where he saw slave prisons. Kaepernick wrote, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”
McHenry responded: “My admiration will always go towards the men and women who have walked away from their loved ones, through fields of IEDs, and into the dangerous unknown. It will never go to the athlete who takes a knee after losing his starting job.”
The former ESPN host was referring to Kaepernick’s controversial protest of the National Anthem. She also touched on his voting stance.
“While you focus on philanthropic efforts, which are admirable, perhaps you can also employ that same effort to go into a voting booth. If you’re going to continually complain about the perceived slights and rights you don’t have, perhaps take the right you do have and back it up.”
She continued: “Americans can celebrate the official birth of this nation because despite all its flaws, for one day, there’s a reminder of unity no matter how many efforts you make to dismantle it.”
McHenry drew significant backlash a few weeks ago when she posted and then deleted a tweet that alleged that ESPN fired her for her conservative political leanings. Earlier this week, she engaged in a heated exchange with Feinstein on Twitter after he took a shot at her.
“Some very good and talented people lost jobs. Some not so good or talented people too (Britt McHenry, Andy Katz). They were the exceptions,” Feinstein tweeted.
McHenry responded: “you don’t know how I did my job, nor Andy. I’ve seen you many times in person. Interesting you’ve never voiced this.”
Feinstein said he never met McHenry but he did say he once told Katz, a college basketball reporter, how he felt about his work but has “NO memory” of seeing McHenry over her three years with ESPN.
McHenry then exited the exchange saying she was, “going to take the high road here without extra commentary,” she said. “You have. Have a nice day.”
Her blog post was her first since March. McHenry, who remains unemployed, made headlines when ESPN suspended her for one week in 2015 after a video of her verbally berating a towing company employee went viral.
Brittany May “Britt” McHenry is an American sports reporter who worked for ESPN as a Washington, D.C.-based reporter. She was laid off as part of the ESPN layoffs that occurred beginning April 26th, 2017.