ESPN’s Jay Mariotti Charged, Could Face 7 Years

| by Alex Groberman

The Los Angeles city attorney has charged ESPN personality and Fanhouse columnist Jay Mariotti with seven misdemeanors in association with last month's domestic violence arrest, according to gossip site TMZ.

Mariotti was arrested after he allegedly grabbed and shoved his girlfriend during a disagreement. The argument started at a club in Santa Monica after he accused his girlfriend of flirting with another man.

From there, they took the shouting match to a condo in the Venice-Santa Monica area. At some point, Mariotti is said to have gotten violent with her and left bruises on her arms.

Originally, Mariotti was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic assault before being released on a $50,000 bond.

The charges against the popular sports personality include two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft for taking her purse, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism. Each of the aforementioned counts could mean a year in prison for Mariotti, totaling seven years in prison total.

Mariotti has built his journalistic career by bashing athletes who have off-the-job problems. His untimely arrest serves as a reminder that many personalities who act holier than thou when criticizing the actions of athletes aren’t above making bad decisions themselves.

Mariotti will be arraigned on Friday in Los Angeles.