Charissa Thompson found herself at the center of a meme storm on Thursday night following a troubling revelation she made.
During an episode of Barstool Sports’ “Pardon my Take” podcast, released on Tuesday at the 1:27:35 mark, Thompson disclosed that she would occasionally invent details in her reports while working as a sideline reporter. The discussion revolved around the challenges faced by sideline reporters, and Thompson, a former sideline reporter herself, shared that if a coach refused to speak with her, she would concoct something trivial and attribute it to the coach.
After Barstool Sports shared the clip on social media, Thompson’s admission quickly went viral, drawing criticism from many of her peers in the industry.
As the current host of Amazon’s “Thursday Night Football,” Thompson became the subject of memes during the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens game on Thursday night. Social media users humorously speculated about how Thompson might have reported on the events of the Week 11 game.
Thompson’s acknowledgment of fabricating reports has the potential to harm her reputation and credibility. What’s more concerning is the impact it may have on the entire sideline reporting industry, as people may now be inclined to question the accuracy of information provided by sideline reporters during a game.
Perhaps in the future, Thompson will think twice before sharing damaging stories about her reporting practices.