Social media, mainly Twitter (also known as X), is out for blood today, so like Winston Churchill said, business like usual. What’s different is today’s target is Fox Sports broadcaster and reporter Charissa Thompson. The charismatic Thompson joined the podcast Pardon My Take on Thursday and admitted to a shocking truth.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 16, 2023
Thompson said she “made up the reports sometimes” when talking about relaying sideline interviews. She would “make up” a generic response if and when a head coach became unavailable for a halftime discussion. Although Thompson says she has admitted this before, that didn’t stop people from taking to Twitter to call out the 41-year-old for her shocking practice.
The Greatest Responses to the Charissa Thompson Interview
Charissa Thompson messed up on many levels.
1) Making up reports. Pretty self evident as to why.
2) I get it PMT is a relaxed environment, but revealing that was an odd choice
3) All the sideline reporters who do the job correctly look bad as a result.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) November 16, 2023
When you read or hear about people not trusting the press, Charissa Thompson is one of MANY examples of why.
Making up shit breeds distrust in people and they don’t want to talk to you which makes gathering sources for stories difficult. https://t.co/OWaILJBaNw
— Donald (@dlambert08) November 16, 2023
It’s disheartening to work so hard & see people who don’t deserve it continually get opportunities.
The sideline reporter roles rarely come open & when they do they’re gone in a blink of an eye
To see Charissa Thompson abuse this role that so many sought after is disgusting
— Tamara Brown (@Imtamarabrown) November 16, 2023
Admitting that you just make up things coaches say is pretty wild.
Like?? What’s the actual point of sideline reports if it’s just you putting words in a coaches mouth.
— Pats Buzz (@PatsBuzz) November 16, 2023
This is exactly why many players don't like talking to reporters or want to speak to the press. Then fans that don't know what's going on behind the scenes blame the players. Smdh
— JAYFORCE (@Jayforce) November 16, 2023
That’s a pretty lame thing to do at a professional level
— Rahl Reviews (@RahlReviews) November 16, 2023
So… now you have to wonder what sideline reports are real or "made up".
— Neil Cooper (@bigheadneil) November 16, 2023
The whole interviewing head coaches around halftime is so freak'n ridiculous anyways.
What they gonna tell anyone who's watching what they don't already know??? 🤷🏽♂️
Just a vehicle to take out fan frustration.
Let those coaches DO their jobs…WIN the football game.
— Emperor Zo (@ryrybone) November 16, 2023
Charissa Thompson & Erin Andrews getting on a podcast to admit that they’ve “taken liberties with some of their sideline reports” is the peak of white woman behavior in 2023.
— Carron J. Phillips (@carronJphillips) November 16, 2023
Young reporters: This is not normal or ethical. Coaches and players trust us with sensitive information, and if they know that you’re dishonest and don’t take your role seriously, you’ve lost all trust and credibility. https://t.co/yMnM1T995P
— Molly McGrath (@MollyAMcGrath) November 16, 2023
Charissa Thompson: Reason for Going Rogue
Don’t worry, NFL fans. At least Charissa Thompson had a reason for fabricating sideline reports. Thompson would create a generic coach’s response if she were about to go on air without an actual interview. These alleged “interviews” ranged from “We need to be better on third down” to “We need to stop turning the ball over.” Charissa Thompson would break these out because she believes no coach would get mad at her, stating the obvious in coach speak. Thompson also does Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime. She jump-started her career during the early 2010s with ESPN.