Charissa Thompson: NFL broadcaster reveals truth behind made-up stories

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Charissa Thompson: NFL Broadcaster Debunks Made-Up Stories

There was a moment, not so long ago, when I was covering an NFL game. From the press box, if my memory serves me right, I saw ESPN’s sideline journalist Lisa Salters hustling to talk with one of the head trainers as they walked onto the field after halftime.

Charissa Thompson: I do not flash back the trainer but I do flash back the trainer not decelerating down and Salters sticking to the trainer’s side like a cover corner. charissa Thompson was like Sauce Gardner. She was not intruding around.

Not all sideline journalists are lame. There are really good bo, like Salters and others. It’s a thankless job, but the smart and resourceful bones always feel to find some intriguing piece of information and work hard at doing so.

You can see it. Particularly if you are in the journalism business. It did in no way feel like any of the journalists flat-out prevaricated about what they saw or were told.

It could be light and ethereal and frothy. But the good bones, the really good bones, work to give you a commodity. 

By now, if you are a huge sports addict, you’ve heard that former sideline journalist Charissa Thompson went on Barstool and admitted, like, intimately admitted, that she flat-out made up stuff when she was a sideline journalist.

charissa Thompson was furnishing observers information, like other sideline journalists, it just turns out that some of it was falsehoods. I had to watch the videotape multiple times to make sure I was not being pranked. Yep. She said that. 

There is no way Thompson, who has been doing this for further than a decade and knows better, should survive this. This is a blasting offense. It’s not indeed close.

I’ve said it before, and I haven’t been fired for it, but I’m gonna say it again. I would make up the report occasionally, because A, the trainer wouldn’t come out at halftime, or it was too late and I didn’t want to squinch up the report. So I was like, ‘ I’m just gon na make this up.’

Charissa Thompson: NFL broadcaster says she's sorry for making up stories

NFL STATS CENTRAL: The rearmost NFL scores, schedules, odds, stats, and further. First, no coach will get mad if I tell them, ‘Hey, we gotta stop hurting each other.

We gotta be better on 3rd downs.’We need to stop turning the ball over and do a better job of getting off the field. They wouldn’t correct me, so I said, “Fine, I’ll write the report.” 

It wasn’t until 2022, during her “ Calm Down” podcast interview with Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews that Thompson acknowledged she had made up sideline reports in the past. Andrews responded that she had done the same. 

“ I was like, ‘ Oh trainer, what adaptations are you gon na make at halftime? ’ He goes, ‘ That’s a great incense you ’re wearing, ’” Thompson said.

I said to myself, ‘Oh(curse), this isn’t going to work.’ I’m not kidding. I made up a story.” 

Thompson now works at Fox and is also the host of Amazon’s plant content on Thursday Night Football.

Andrews, who should also know more, is one of sports TV’s biggest stars. charissa Thompson should also be charged a high price. 

The publicist for Andrews, Jill Fritzo, issued the following statement to USA TODAY Sports” For her entire career, Erin Andrews has worked veritably nearly with trainers, players, and PR staff to ensure delicacy in her reporting. 

charissa Thompson made a comment on her CALM DOWN podcast in which she said’ I do too’ pertaining to taking information from head trainer meetings, which are before in the week, and occasionally including that in her halftime report.

She’s clear when she references that the trainer told her crew the information during the week in their meetings.” 

Some of you may not watch. Some of you’ll say the media lies all the time. And that’s why this is a much bigger story than just Thompson admitting to a commodity so remarkably obvious. It’s big on two separate fronts.

Charissa Thompson: NFL broadcaster says she's sorry for making up stories

First, the response of Black TV intelligencers on X, formerly known as Twitter, was a sight to behold. It was like a black media version of Voltron.

The main point is that no Black intelligencer could get down with this without significant, career-altering impacts. 

We all make miscalculations in life. I clearly have but the latitude for a commodity like this with Black intelligencers is measured in millimeters.

There were dozens of intelligencers of color if not further, making this point. 

There’s a stunning quantum of honor in Thompson’s reflections. Alternate, and most importantly, effects like this are why conspiracy propositions, falsehoods, and insanity percolate our politics, media, and culture. Let me explain.

Our country has become soaked in conspiracy propositions and falsehoods during the Donald Trump period. 

Those falsehoods started on a lower( but still disgusting) scale like Barack Obama and birtherism or Trump was going to make a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it.

The lies just kept growing. They acted like bane structures in the country’s bloodstream. also came on Jan. 6. 

One big reason Trump was suitable to pull off so numerous falsehoods and conspiracies is because he undermined the trust in the media.

Is it silly to put what Thompson said in the same judgment as Trump? 

It may feel like it but it’s not. What she said really messed with people’s confidence in the news media and opened the floodgates for this kind of filth to spread.

There’s some question about what exactly Thompson meant. Did she say she was just making stuff up? 

That a trainer refused to speak with her so she cooked a story that he did? Or was she more elaborating on what a trainer told her? One is surely worse but I am not so sure it matters because both options are bad. 

When charissa Thompson said” I am just gon na make this up” those words do remarkable damage no matter how she meant them. 

” This is absolutely not ok, not the norm, and  disturbing in so  numerous  situations,” said CBS  journalist Tracy Wolfson.”

Charissa Thompson: NFL broadcaster says she's sorry for making up stories

I take my job veritably seriously, I hold myself responsible for all I say, I  make trust with trainers and noway make commodity up.

I know my fellow  journalists do the same.”  “Youthful journalists This isn’t normal or ethical,” said ESPN’s Molly McGrath, a longtime sideline  journalist.” 

Trainers and players trust us with sensitive information, and if they know that you’re dishonest and don’t take your art seriously, you’ve lost all trust and credibility.”  

The problem can indeed be bigger than that. Just look at the country.

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