Charissa Thompson dating Chicago Bulls bust and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams? The Big Lead reports it is so. Charissa may be the new Erin Andrews, as EA career stock is something I would advise selling off.
I met Charissa Thompson once, at the 2010 Big Ten Tournament media party. She was really nice, seemingly to a phony level, one of the few "hired-mostly-for-her-looks" journalists I've talked to in person. Thompson was like all the other model/cheerleader-turned-journos I've met: over-the-top nice. And it doesn’t often seem very genuine. But Charissa Thompson also seemed smarter about sports than the other sideline princesses I've met.
I asked Thompson to do an interview for my website, and she agreed. And then she passed me on to some publicist/agent who totally blew me off when I later contacted him. The interview never happened (maybe that was her intention in sending me to that guy). By the way, here's a video of her doing the splits during one of her shows. Still, it was a fun party, and seeing a model like her next to all these troll-like figures who cover the league on a regular basis made for an interesting juxtaposition.
The current host of ESPN Sports Nation has allegedly been a couple with Williams, a current ESPN NBA analyst, for a few months now. The story was broken open by a tweet from some guy who observed them holding hands during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans. That's how the sports blog world first sleuthed Charissa Thompson dating. Numerous other NBA sources have confirmed to TBL.
Back to that party, Thompson introduced me to a very metrosexual, male model looking fellow who she claimed was her fiance. I'm guessing that didn't work out. Williams was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft our of Duke University.
He was a starter in the Bulls' line-up for most of the 2002-03 NBA season. His performance was inconsistent and he competed for playing time with Jamal Crawford.
On the night of June 19, 2003, Williams crashed his motorcycle into a streetlight at the intersection of Fletcher and Honore streets on Chicago's North Side. Williams was not wearing a helmet, was not licensed to drive a motorcycle in Illinois, and was also violating the terms of his Bulls contract by riding a motorcycle.Williams injuries included a severed main nerve in his leg, fractured pelvis and three torn ligaments in his left knee including the ACL. He required physical therapy to regain the use of his leg.
A week after the motorcycle crash the Bulls drafted point guard Kirk Hinrich. When it became clear Williams would not be returning to the Bulls for a long time, if at all, because of his injuries, he was waived.
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