Jay Mariotti, ESPN Commentator Arrested for Abusing Girlfriend
Jay Mariotti, sportswriter and television personality, was arrested over the weekend following an alleged domestic violence incident with his girlfriend.
Mariotti, 51, was out on bail Sunday after Los Angeles police said he was arrested on a domestic violence charge. He spent a few hours at an LAPD station before being released Saturday on $50,000 bail, police sources told the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper said Mariotti was picked up before dawn Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic assault following a noisy argument with his girlfriend at a Santa Monica club, which apparently continued at his apartment in nearby Venice.
The beef allegedly involved some pushing and shoving, and the womans arm was left with bruises.
Mariotti, a former columnist in Denver and Chicago, currently appears on ESPNs Around the Horn and writers for the Web site Fanhouse.com.
Neither Mariotti nor ESPN had any immediate comment regarding the arrest.
According to Sports By Brooks as reported by USAToday.com, Mariotti has, in the past, disapproved of athletes accused of domestic violence. He has had harsh words for many including Albert Belle of the Chicago White Sox, and Randy Moss of the New England Patriots.