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Britt McHenry and ESPN's Sarah Spain get into nasty Twitter spat

Alex Reimer
June 19, 2018 - 10:46 am

Former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry jumped to the defense of Ed Werder, another Bristol expat, in his spat with Sports Illustrated’s Charlotte Wilder over her tweet encouraging women to apply for an open position at the magazine. 

It didn’t take long for McHenry to get into a social media dustup herself.

In her defense of Werder, who chastised Wilder for offering help to women interested in the SI breaking news writer job, McHenry said she never considered her gender when applying for work. In the process, she appeared to diminish espnW, the WorldWide Leader’s women’s vertical. 

“Never once did my parents say apply or tryout ‘because you’re a girl.’ They told me to apply because I’m a hard worker. At ESPN, I never wanted to write for ESPNW. I wanted to be on the same page as the men. True equality. Novel concept,” she tweeted.

Spain, an espnW columnist, lashed out at McHenry for her disinterest in the project. “The fact that you never took the time to understand & follow @espnW & that you view the coverage of female athletes & female perspectives on major issues in sport as something “less than” is a sad reflection of how you see women and yourself,” Spain wrote.

McHenry escalated the war of words, and mentioned Spain’s infamous old eBay ad, in which she offered to be a fan’s date to the Super Bowl. “You ‘broke’ into the industry by selling yourself as a date on social media to get...Super Bowl tickets. You literally sold your body to get attention & then have the audacity to lecture women on feminism? I had opportunities to write for ESPNW and declined,” she tweeted.

The back-and-forth only got more heated from there. Spain dissed McHenry for getting laid off from ESPN last year; McHenry called Spain a hypocrite for making fun of somebody for losing their job. Then screenshots made their way into the equation. 

Ultimately, much like the Werder-Wilder feud, this is all very silly. The pettiness of media-on-media crime never ceases to entertain those who are bored at their desk jobs. 

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