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ESPN Suspends D.C.-Based Britt McHenry

April 17, 2015

ESPN has suspended Washington, D.C.,-based sports reporter Britt McHenry for one week after a video went viral April 16 of the former Channel 7/WJLA sportscaster arguing with a woman who works for the Arlington, Va., towing company Advanced Towing. 

In the video, McHenry berates the woman saying she has "no education" and "no skill set." She also made comments about the towing service employee's appearance and weight.

McHenry issued an apology on Twitter April 16. "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."

McHenry joined ESPN last year after working at WJLA and its sister NewsChannel 8 as a sports reporter and news anchor. 

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Might former Redskins linebacker Lavar Arrington return to his afternoon gig with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan now that the NFL Network morning show he left for last year is being placed on hiatus? 

Sports Business Daily reports the NFL Network's "NFL AM" live four-hour daily show will begin a hiatus May 11.

Sports Business Daily adds the network plans to re-launch the Los Angeles-based 3-year-old program during the NFL's preseason during the late summer. There's no word if Arrington will be part of that re-launch. 

Arrington left WJFK last summer to join the NFL Network. Since then, Dukes has been the solo host of the afternoon drive radio show. 

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Just two weeks into his new WTEM, ESPN 980 morning show, "The Man Cave," Chris Paul has gone missing. 

The D.C. radio veteran was replaced this week by Andy Pollin, who lost his morning show as Red Zebra sister WSPZ when WTEM moved ESPN's "Mike and Mike" WSPZ to make room for the new locally-based "Man Cave" with former Washington Post sports reporter Jason Reid.

Before joining the "Man Cave," Paul did comedy bits on Tom Joyner's national radio show, heard locally on WMMJ.

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Comcast SportsNet is preparing for the Capitals' first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders, highlighted by live coverage of three of the first four games, which began April 15. 

The Bethesda, Md.,-based network will televise Game 2 at 7 p.m. April 17. and Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. April 21.

NBC will provide coverage of Game 3 at noon April 19. CSN will also carry Games 5 and 7, if necessary. 

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David Meeks has been named managing sports editor of the McLean, Va.,-based USA Today newspaper. 

He's been the assistant managing editor for enterprise and investigations at USA Today Sports for the last three years. Before that, he worked at the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. 

Meeks replaces Mary Byrne, who is joining ESPN.com to be an NFL editor.

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CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, placed 17th in the March monthly radio ratings for the Washington market. Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, placed 21st. News talker WNEW, which carries the Wizards, was 19th.

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