If you’re a devoted sports enthusiast, you’ve likely caught wind of the revelation from former sideline reporter Charissa Thompson during her appearance on Barstool. In a surprising admission, she openly confessed to fabricating information while serving as a sideline reporter, a practice she shares with others in the same role. This revelation, coming from someone with over a decade of experience like Thompson, is unequivocally a serious offense and warrants termination without question.
Thompson attempted to address the situation on Instagram, seeking to set the record straight.
The admission took place in 2022 during Thompson’s “Calm Down” podcast with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews, where she disclosed her tendency to invent sideline reports. Andrews, a prominent figure in sports television, admitted to similar behavior.
During the podcast, Thompson recounted a scenario where she asked a coach about halftime adjustments, only to receive an unrelated response about her perfume. Feeling the situation wouldn’t work, she candidly admitted to making up a report.
“I’ve said this before,” Thompson said. “I haven’t been fired (for) saying it, but I’ll say it again. I would make up the report sometimes, because A, the coach wouldn’t come out at halftime, or it was too late and I didn’t want to screw up the report. So I was like, ‘I’m just gonna make this up.’
“Because first of all, no coach is gonna get mad if I say, ‘Hey, we need to stop hurting ourselves. We need to be better on third down. We need to stop turning the ball over and do a better job of getting off the field.’ They’re not gonna correct me on that. So I’m like, it’s fine, I’ll just make up the report.”
Thompson currently holds positions at Fox and serves as the host for Amazon’s Thursday Night Football studio coverage. Considering the magnitude of her admission, and given her extensive experience, it is reasonable to question her continued employment. The same scrutiny applies to Andrews, a seasoned figure in sports television, who should also face significant consequences for participating in such practices.