Hours soon after digital media organization OutKick and its founder Clay Travis announced they had lured Indy native Charly Arnolt away from ESPN to join their conservative-leaning organization that covers sports, news and politics, Arnolt told IndyStar she is searching forward to lastly becoming capable to speak freely.

“It feels like I was a small bit stifled in the previous,” mentioned Arnolt, 35, who spent the previous 5 years at ESPN and the final two years below a complete-time contract. “Persons are also scared to speak up for the worry of becoming known as politically incorrect. The concept of cancel culture, it does not exist right here. I speak freely.

“I have a lot of opinions that I haven’t been capable to express, and I can not wait get began.”

Arnolt, a former Fox59 sports anchor, will be co-hosting a new show at present in improvement, which will be announced prior to the football season.

Travis tweeted Monday that Arnolt “will be a single of the hosts of our new Outkick morning show debuting this summer season. She’s leaving @espn so she can basically say what she thinks. Amazing addition.” Travis, who founded OutKick in 2011 then sold it to Fox Corporation in 2021, has been an outspoken critic of ESPN.

Via a spokesperson Monday, ESPN declined comment on Arnolt leaving the organization.

Arnolt, a North Central Higher graduate, told IndyStar that all through her profession she has struggled covering “ultra crucial difficulties as they impact not just sports but our society and culture in common.”

“There are a lot of difficulties individuals refuse to stay unbiased about since of the network they are on,” she mentioned.

When asked what her political leanings had been, Arnolt mentioned, “I am not going to place a stamp on my political beliefs. I assume a lot of what OutKick does finest is they method every little thing from a frequent sense standpoint and that is exactly where I stand.”

“There are a lot of difficulties if you use a small frequent sense, you can obtain the answer the appropriate way.”

Arnolt’s morning show on OutKick will cover not only sports but pop culture and politics. Arnolt will stay in New York City, exactly where she has lived for the previous six years.

Beyond her show, Arnolt will be featured across OutKick platforms “to go over trending subjects and to present her genuine requires on the most pressing stories in sports,” the organization mentioned. She also will most likely seem as a guest host on Fox News programming “right here and there,” she mentioned.

Whilst with ESPN, Arnolt hosted “Initially Take,” “SportsCenter” and created common appearances on ESPN+’s weekday morning show, “SportsNation.”She also launched an ESPN podcast called “Initially Take, Her Take.” Ahead of joining ESPN complete time, Arnolt was with WWE as Charly Caruso. In addition to OutKick, Arnolt will stay as a host for UFC.

Stick to IndyStar sports reporter Dana Benbow on Twitter: @DanaBenbow. Attain her through e-mail: dbenbow@indystar.com.

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