Charly Arnolt has been waiting to get some things off her chest about ESPN for a long time.
Earlier this week, she stated she was parting ways with the Worldwide Leader in Sports to go and work for Outkick.
During a recent appearance on Fox, Arnolt offered her thoughts on Sam Ponder’s comments about transgender athletes in women’s sports.
Ponder was not thrilled about President Joe Biden’s making changes to Title IX.
“This would take away so many opportunities for biological women and girls in sports,” Ponder wrote. “It is a shame that we are needing to fight for the integrity of Title IX in 2023 and the reason it was needed in the first place. #savewomensports.”
Arnolt thought those comments were shocking because ESPN usually tries to keep politics away from sports.
“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,” Arnolt said. “Therefore it doesn’t exactly seem like they are keeping politics completely out of the mix.
“I have to commend these two women for standing up for these women who unfortunately are losing so much of the success that they worked so hard for.”
She then went in on Lia Thomas.
“Let’s be quite honest about Lia Thomas: as a man, didn’t really do much, didn’t move the needle, run-of-the-mill swimmer,” Arnolt said. “Enters the women’s division starts breaking records. Completely obliterating any type of success that these women could ever hope to reach.”
Arnold further added that biological women are afraid to say anything about their rights so they don’t face heavy backlash.
“I think there are a lot of women who are uncomfortable standing up for women’s rights because they don’t want to be considered politically incorrect,” Arnolt said of successful female athletes who suddenly did an about-face and became anti-biological female athletes.
“It’s really crazy where the world has gone and where this conversation has gone,” she said. “And it’s a very slippery slope.”
Moving forward, Arnolt is just happy she is able to do and say more now with Outkick as opposed to when she worked for ESPN.
“I just felt like at ESPN I was a little bit stifled,” Charly explained. “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 where really the idea of cancel culture doesn’t exist. And you have a guy like Clay Travis who really stands behind everyone who works at the company and says, ‘Listen, you can say whatever you want, as long as you are convicted in what you’re saying and you really believe in it; you have nothing to worry about.”
“That is the exact type of company that I would like to work for.”
Arnolt is best known for her work with ESPN, where she has been an anchor for SportsCenter, one of the most-watched sports news programs in the United States. Arnolt has also covered the NFL, the Super Bowl, and other major sporting events for ESPN.
Charly Arnolt is a talented and respected sports journalist who has made a name for herself in the industry. She is also a dedicated advocate for mental health awareness, using her platform to raise awareness and help others who may be struggling with mental health issues.
She now gets to speak about that and everything else without the threat of being silenced or fired for her opinions.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.