The Poised And Powerful Monica McNutt
The final buzzer of a heartbreaking 63-68 loss to No. 1 ranked University of Connecticut brought Monica McNutt’s college basketball career to an end. Still in uniform, she sat in front of the press, with her hand on her teammate, Tia Magee’s, shoulder. Her words during the interview were not of disappointment and sadness, but rather of hopes for the future of Georgetown women’s basketball. Her composure and wisdom were not only a tell tale sign for the impressive career she would soon begin building for herself, but also of the respect and admiration her teammates had for her.
“Monica McNutt, she’s one of the best things I’ve ever had in my life,” Magee told The Hoya . “She’s got a heart bigger than I’ve ever seen. …She’s been such an inspiration to me. I talked to my assistant coaches earlier in the year and told them, ‘I want to be like Monica next year. I want to be her. I want to be able to lead the team in the way that she has.’”
McNutt was revered by her teammates, building the Hoya program up from consistent losing seasons before she arrived, to a Sweet 16 bid in the NCAA tournament during her final year. The senior captain left her mark on the Georgetown campus, and continues to bring powerful and innovative energy wherever she lands.
The Hoya superstar has come to hold a number of different on-air positions with companies like FOX Sports 1, MSG Networks, ESPN, ACC Network, and even GoodSport, alongside many others. She has also jumped into the podcasting world, hosting her own show, “Buckets, Boards, and Blocks,” and co-hosting a podcast produced by the Washington Football Team, “26 Minutes with Clinton Portis.”
As the climate surrounding social justice in the U.S. continues to change, McNutt and GoodSport have teamed up to shed light on the intersections between race and sport. The new series, Onyx: Celebrating Black Women in Sports, will be told through long-form video podcasts complemented by short-form social media posts. McNutt’s experience both on the court and in sports business makes her the perfect host to share the under-told stories and experiences of Black athletes, coaches, administrators, and others involved in the industry.
McNutt believes that in order to close the gap for black women in the sports industry, allyship and leadership needs to be sincere rather than superficial.
“Sincerely and comprehensively empower [Black women]. 2020 has made the term ally as popular as it has ever been in daily conversations,” McNutt told Coveteur. “I’ll never be able to take off my race or my gender—this is my daily existence—but where you can, if you’re truly ‘bout this life,’ stand with me and act. Speak up for me when I don’t have a voice. Don’t be a bystander as I’m mistreated. Allyship costs.”
No matter where McNutt is on-air, she is poised, insightful, and outspoken. Her years of experience alongside a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism speak to the breadth of knowledge McNutt brings to the table and to the screen.
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