Amid the fallout of the Charissa Thompson scandal, Erin Andrews’ camp is addressing the past comments of embellished sideline reporting.
This is what Fox and Amazon Prime host Thompson had to say while on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast;
“I’ve said this before so I haven’t been fired for saying it, so 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 didn’t want to screw up the report, so I was like, ‘I’m just gonna make this up.”
The Post reports that;
Thompson had previously admitted to doing so on the “Calm Down” podcast she co-hosts with Andrews nearly two years ago.
“I’ve done that too,” Andrews added. “For a coach that I didn’t wanna throw under the bus because he was telling me all the wrong stuff!”
With Thompson having to apologize amid the backlash for her revelation, Jill Fritzo, a spokeswoman for Andrews, clarified her comments.
“For her entire career, Erin Andrews has worked very closely with coaches, players and P.R. staffs to ensure accuracy in her reporting,” Fritzo told The New York Times this week, explaining that Andrews used information obtained earlier in her reporting and was “clear” about where her information came from when she used it on air.
Thompson while addressing the scandal on her Instagram page had this to say;
“Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room. I have a responsibility to myself and my employers to clarify what is being reported. When on a podcast this week, I said I would make up reports early in my career when I worked as a sideline reporter before I transitioned to my current host role.
“Working in media I understand how important words are and I chose the wrong words to describe the situation. I’m sorry. I have never lied about anything or been unethical during my time as a sports broadcaster.”
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