Jordan made headlines in March when he posterized Brandon Knight of the Detroit Piston in an NBA matchup.
The hallway posterization of Charissa Thompson, the feisty Sports Nation host, was of course a satire of that event, but the potential for a workers’ compensation claim as a result of this bit was there.
Jordan even reenacted his famous “dunk face.”
Jordan’s memorable right-handed monster slam over the outstretched arms of Knight was even more notable in that the Clippers center is left handed.
According to Rant Sports, Charissa Thompson is a “good sport” for going along with the gag: “It may not be as close to the real thing, but Thompson once again took one for the team by pretending to take the fall as the victim to Jordan’s dunk. Props to Thompson as she showed us yet again why she’s one of the most entertaining sportscasters in the industry for performing a skit like this one.”
Thompson is reportedly jumping from the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” which implemented significant layoffs of rank-and-file employees yesterday, to Fox Sports. Thompson took over for Michelle Beadle (who herself moved to NBC) as co-host of Sports Nation of the summer of 2012, first with Colin Cowherd and now with former NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley. In fact, ESPN moved the show from Bristol, Conn., to Los Angeles to accommodate Thompson.She also co-hosts the ABC diving reality show Splash with Joey Lawrence. Thompson earlier in her career co-hosted The Best Damn Sports Show Period and was a sideline reporter on the Fox Sports Network among many other television gigs.
Fox is launching its new sports network, Fox Sports 1, on August 17.
Watch Charissa Thompson get posterized by DeAndre Jordan: