Charissa Thompson responds to backlash after admitting making up NFL sideline reports
Amazon and Fox Studio host and former NFL sideline reporter Charissa Thompson responded to the backlash she received after admitting that she fabricated reports when she found herself in a bind.
Thompson made this admission earlier this week on the Pardon My Take podcast.
"Iâ€™ve said this before. I havenâ€™t been fired for saying it, but Iâ€™ll say it again. I would make up the report sometimes, because A) the coach wouldnâ€™t come out at halftime, or it was too late and I didnâ€™t want to screw up the report," Thompson said. "So I was like, 'Iâ€™m just gonna make this up, because first of all, no coach is gonna get mad if I say, â€˜Hey, we need to stop hurting ourselves, we need to be better on third down, we need to stop turning the ball over and do a better job of getting off the field.' Theyâ€™re not gonna correct me on that. So Iâ€™m like, itâ€™s fine, Iâ€™ll just make up the report."
The backlash came swiftly from sideline reporters and media across the country, with former sideline reporterÂ calling it a "professional fraud," NBC's "deplorable," and saying, "this is not normal or ethical."
On Friday, Thompson took to social media in an attempt to explain her stance.
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