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Charissa Thompson: NFL broadcaster apologises for saying she made up reports

An NFL broadcaster has apologised after she admitted making up reports while working as a sideline reporter early in her career.

"I haven't been fired for saying it... I would make up the report sometimes," Charissa Thompson said on a podcast released earlier this week.

Her comments triggered an angry backlash from some fans as well as others who work in sports coverage.

On Friday, the host said she had chosen "the wrong words" and "never lied".

"I understand how important words are and I chose the wrong words to describe the situation," she wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. "I'm sorry. I have never lied about anything or been unethical during my time as a sports broadcaster."

"In the absence of a coach providing any information that could further my report I would use information that I learned and saw during the first half," she said.

Speaking to Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast on Tuesday, Ms Thompson said sometimes "the coach wouldn't come out at halftime, or it was too late and I didn't want to screw up the report. So I was like, I'm just going to make this up".

She added that she would often rely on clichés in those moments.

"No coach is going to get mad if I say, 'Hey, we need to stop hurting ourselves... and do a better job of getting off the field," she said. "They're not going to correct me on that."

Laura Okmin, a Fox Sports colleague and the third-longest-tenured sideline reporter in league history, criticised Ms Thompson in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

"The privilege of a sideline role is being the one person in the entire world who has the opportunity to ask coaches what's happening in that moment," she wrote.

"I can't express the amount of time it takes to build that trust," she added.

Molly McGrath, a Sports Emmy nominated ESPN college football reporter, warned young journalists such behaviour was "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," she said.

Morgan Uber, of ESPN, said Ms Thompson's comments undermined other women "in a profession that is already stereotyped as just being eye candy".

"Good sideline reporters do their homework, talk to players and coaches throughout the week and on game day and most definitely don't make up reports," she said.

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Should have kept that to herself.
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Ray Ratto wrote a good piece summing this up, I think:

Thompson is admitting how much the people who talk into her earpiece don't care what is said as long as someone important is credited with saying something. Where she decided to detour into the woods is when she told us how much bullshit her bosses consider tolerable, because ultimately the job is defined by what the producer deems important rather than what the reporter sees and can report from his or her vantage point.
And since most of the questioners are women, Thompson's cavalier dismissal of the craft is being slagged most aggressively by other women who don't have and can't afford her cavalier attitude toward fact. She is saying in so many words that It's Just Television, and not only believes that she is untouchable enough to say so, but that her supervisors largely agree.
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So a reporter is editorializing and/or flat out making stuff up based on assumptions rather than facts or first hand accounts?

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I was always curious how reporters managed to get coaches to talk to them for a few minutes when half time is so short. Guess this makes sense. And hats off to her for mimicking "coach speak" so well. Those vagueries sound exactly like something a coach would say.
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Don't care. Really don't listen to sideline reporters anyway.
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Otis Day wrote: Sat Nov 18, 2023 4:51 pm Don't care. Really don't listen to sideline reporters anyway.
remember the old days when the whole purpose of sideline reporting was injury updates? maybe a quote or 2, but nothing like the bullshit that goes on now

just another reason why the mute button is the best option on game day
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