Opinion | A former sideline reporter stunningly admitted that she made things up

Charissa Thompson did what has to be the worst thing a journalist could do. It’s inexcusable.


In what was a jaw-dropping admission, Amazon Prime Video and Fox Sports anchor Charissa Thompson said on a podcast this week that when she was a TV sideline reporter on football games, she sometimes fabricated a report for the broadcast.

Appearing on Barstool’s popular “Pardon My Take,” Thompson said this isn’t the first time she has admitted this publicly.

She said, “I, and I’ve said this before, so 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 was like, I didn’t want to screw up the report, so I was like, ‘I’m just gonna make this up.’”

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