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ESPN’s Jay Mariotti pleads no contest to domestic violence charges

Posted Thursday, January 1, 1970 - 9:47 pm

ESPN sports personality Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest today to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a run-in last month with his girlfriend.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner John Green ordered Mariotti to serve three years probation, perform 40 days of community labor and complete a 52-week domestic violence course, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

A half-dozen other misdemeanor counts filed Sept. 14 against Mariotti were dismissed as a result of his plea, Mateljan said.

Mariotti was arrested at an apartment near Venice about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 21 and released later that morning after $50,000 bail was posted.

Mariotti got into an argument with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica, where he believed she had been flirting with another man, police told the Los Angeles Times.

Witnesses saw the two exchange “harsh words’ before getting into a car to leave, and the fight continued at the couple’s apartment, The Times reported.

The misdemeanor case was filed after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges, referring the matter instead to the City Attorney’s Office.

Mariotti, 51, has worked as a panelist on the ESPN talk show Around the Horn.

He formerly wrote sports columns for the Denver Post and Chicago Sun-Times and writes a column for the website Fanhouse.com.“

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