Former ESPN sportscaster Charly Arnolt has criticized her former employers over their transgender coverage, including an on-air tribute to Lia Thomas.
The network’s Sam Ponder was among ESPN personalities to lash out at the Biden Administration’s decision to empower trans women keen on participating in women’s sports, taking to Twitter to dunk on Lia’s plea to the government for added protection.
Arnolt, who recently left ESPN and is now employed at Outkick, did an interview with FOX News in which she called the Worldwide Leader in Sports’ political stance into question, based on the above.
“ESPN has been very adamant about keeping politics out of their programming, yet you just saw late last month, they did a whole tribute during women’s month for Lia Thomas,” she said. “Therefore it doesn’t exactly seem like they are keeping politics completely out of the mix.
The 35-year-old also claimed she felt stifled at ESPN, while insisting that cancel culture does not exist at Outkick.
“I’m a very opinionated person — I always have been,” sne explained. “That’s something I really love about myself and I just felt like at ESPN I was a little bit stifled. There was a lot of conversations and issues that have really just permeated the world of sports and really just society in general that I was not able to speak up about.
“And it made me very uncomfortable, because I felt like I wasn’t being true to myself. Then there’s a place like OutKick, that really, the idea of cancel culture does not exist. You have a guy like Clay Travis who really stands behind everyone who works at the company.”
Fans on Twitter were all over the place on this one. You could check some of the reactions out right below:
It appears we will be seeing and hearing a different version of Arnolt at Outkick.
A former wrestler with WWE, she joined ESPN in 2018, making appearances on various shows, including the popular First Take, as well as SportsNation. She made her debut as a fight interviewer for the company during a UFC event last July but is now heading in another direction.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.