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Andrea Kremer, Tracy Wolfson, Other Sports Journalists Criticize Charissa Thompson

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NFL broadcaster Charissa Thompson revealed on Thursday that, in her past life as a sideline reporter, she had made up quotes from coaches. She currently hosts shows for Amazon Prime Video and Fox Sports.

“I would make up the report sometimes because, A, the coach wouldn’t come out at halftime or it was too late,” she said on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, “and I was like, I didn’t want to screw up the report, so I was like, “I’m just gonna make this up.'”

In response to Thompson’s admission, numerous sports journalists stated that fabricating information is against journalism ethics, which would never be accepted.

“I had to watch the video multiple times to make sure I wasn’t being pranked. Yep. She said that,” he wrote. “There’s no way Thompson, who has been doing this for more than a decade and knows better, should survive this. This is a firing offense. It’s not even close.”

Several other sportswriters shared Thompson’s errors on social media.

Award-winning reporter Andrea Kremer, who received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, took to X to clarify why Thompson’s actions were inappropriate.

“As one of only 3 women in the @ProFootballHOF I’m sickened by the insulting mockery being made of sideline reporting,” she said, “a challenging role primarily manned by women – most of whom understand & respect the values of journalism and are integral, trusted members of a broadcast team.”

For the first time since March, veteran journalist Lisa Salters—a sideline reporter for “Monday Night Football” and a Super Bowl observer—posted on X to express her opinions about how Thompson’s admission harms the journalism community.

“Shocked. Disappointed. Disgusted. What we heard today called all sideline reporters into question. My job is an honor, a privilege and a craft at which I have worked so hard…,” she said in two posts.

“Trust and credibility. They mean everything to a journalist. To violate either one – in any way – not only makes a mockery of the profession, but is a disservice to players, coaches and, most importantly, to fans.”

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