SJ - April 16, 2021
Back in 2018 Charissa Thompson had personal nude photos and videos leaked on the internet. The FOX Sports broadcaster talked to former NBA star Jalen Rose for his new podcast "Renaissance Man."
Thompson talked about that experience and how FOX Sports supported her during what was obviously a very difficult time. She was emotional when she recalled how her bosses flew her out to the NFC Championship to be with her FOX family.
From NY Post:
“Being real, I haven’t had a sterling reputation … I had my privacy violated. I had something really bad happen to me,” she told me. “And those comments still to this day I have to delete off my Instagram.”
Then she did something I haven’t had a guest do. She cried. And she recalled how her employer Fox Sports gave her a hug instead of a tongue lashing.
“When that all happened to me, I’ll never forget this. My bosses put me on a plane to the NFC championship game, it makes me want to cry, into Philadelphia to be with all the guys,” she said.
“I’m already crying because they were like, ‘Hey this bad thing happened to you. But, like, we want you to be with your family’ … They were all on the road for the NFC championship game. So anyway, I flew there and I wasn’t even working. I just was with them and they were so wonderful to me. And so I’ll never forget that, that even though most people, like people make comments like, ‘Oh, how are you still employed after that’ … Instead, my employer wrapped their arms around me and they’re like, ‘We got you.’ So I don’t even know what your initial question was because now I’m crying. But it’s just about remaining authentic … even if it’s a crappy thing that happened … I think it’s just frustrating that you can be a victim of something and then have to defend your position.”
When Thompson started tearing up, the incident made me angry all over again. We are in the public eye, but we are still entitled to privacy. However save your pity. She is one step ahead of you all. And she is stronger than the average bear. Her superpower is humor. She said she is the first to make a joke at her expense, “taking the power” away from someone looking to do emotional damage.
“Oh, cool. You guys seen the videos, seen the pictures? Well, you know everything about me … I just say it because now it’s like, all right, what do you have? What else do you got? If that’s all you had, then we can keep it moving … But that still doesn’t negate the fact that, like, it hurts or doesn’t feel good to be looked at differently.”
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Thompson is proof of that. She's only become a bigger force at FOX Sports and there's nothing that's going to slow her down.
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