Charissa Thompson, pregame show co-host for Fox Sports and Amazon Prime Videoacknowledged that she has fabricated comments from NFL coaches while working as a sideline reporter.
The admission appeared earlier this week on the Barstool Sports podcast “Sorry for my opinion.” Thompson, who first worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports from 2007 to 2010, said she would fabricate comments if a coach refused to talk to her or couldn’t give her access before she finished halftime.
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“I didn’t want to ruin the report, so I thought, ‘I’m going to make this up,’” Thompson said. “Because, first of all, no coach is going to get mad if I say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to stop getting hurt,’ ‘We’ve got to be better on third down,’ ‘We’ve got to stop turning the ball over and do a better job coming off the field.’ “They are not going to correct me on that.”
Whether the coaches cared or not, making up comments is a clear violation of journalistic ethics.
Thompson made a similar admission in a January 2022 podcast he did with fellow reporter Erin Andrews. Both said they improvised when coaches gave them nothing to work with or answered questions with sexist comments.
A representative for Amazon Sports declined to comment on Thompson’s comments. Fox Sports did not respond to a request for comment.
Thompson currently co-hosts Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football” pre- and post-game shows. She also co-hosts “Fox NFL Live,” which airs Sunday mornings. She worked at ESPN before rejoining Fox Sports in 2013.
While people expressed outrage on social media over Thompson’s admission, such a practice is not unheard of in sports reporting.
Gregg Gionnotti, co-host of WFAN radio and the CBS Sports Network morning show “Boomer and Gio,” said on his Thursday broadcast that he did the same thing when he was a radio reporter covering the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.
During a game against the University of Connecticut, Panthers coach Paul Chryst was giving an interview to ESPN. jemele hill, And the break was coming to an end before Gionnotti could have his turn.
“I said, ‘I’m going to make something up.’ Are you okay with that?’” Gionnotti recalled. “He says, ‘Yeah, okay.’”
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