Charissa Thompson is facing backlash after revealing that she used to fabricate coaches’ comments when she worked as an NFL sideline reporter. However, she later clarified her statement, asserting that she never lied or engaged in unethical behavior.
Thompson shared these comments on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, explaining that she would sometimes make up reports when coaches didn’t provide information during halftime. She felt comfortable doing so, believing that her fabricated comments were not far from what a coach might actually say.
The revelation sparked criticism from peers in her field, but Kelly Stafford, wife of Rams QB Matthew Stafford, defended Thompson, suggesting that the backlash may be due to gender bias. Stafford claimed that when a man makes a mistake, his male colleagues support him, while women face different treatment.
Thompson addressed the controversy on Instagram, expressing regret for her choice of words. She clarified that if a coach didn’t provide information, she would use observations from the first half to create her report. Thompson emphasized her respect for sideline reporters and acknowledged the importance of choosing the right words in media.
The role of gender in the criticism remains a point of discussion, particularly as sideline reporting is predominantly occupied by women.