Tristan Thompson causes outrage by planting a kiss on sideline reporter

Tristan Thompson causes outrage by planting a kiss on sideline reporter

Cleveland Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton was joined by Tristan Thompson following the team’s loss to the Mavericks Friday night.

After some brief back-and-forth, Tristan Thompson winked at the camera and planted a kiss on Clifton’s cheek.

Contrary to some of the sports media’s reporting, kissing a reporter on air while she is working is not “an unexpected gift” or “harmless, and nothing more than an awkward one-sided exchange.” It’s downright uncomfortable and belittling, even if Clifton maintained utter professionalism throughout. As Kelly Dwyer at Yahoo Sports put it: “This isn’t cute or funny or meme-worthy…Just because you’re working with someone of the opposite sex, it doesn’t mean a sly innuendo, pat on the rear, or kiss on national television is in any way appropriate.”