Jay Mariotti: Former ESPN Sportswriter Faces More Tough Times Ahead
Jay Mariotti Faces Felony Stalking, Domestic Violence and Assault Charges
Forget about getting his sportswriting career back on track, Jay Marrioti, a former personality on ESPN's "Around the Horn" is a long way from rebuilding this career.
The former Chicago Sun-Times writer, continues on his downward spiral after news surfaced that he supposedly continues to harass a former girlfriend.
Former ESPN sports personality Jay Mariotti has been charged with three felonies -– stalking, domestic violence and assault -– after he confronted his ex-girlfriend the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her, prosecutors said.
He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charges: stalking, corporal injury on a spouse or domestic partner, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison. His next court date is June 1 before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz.
Back in his hey dey, Mariotti was very critical and unforgiving of the athletes he used to cover. Now it's only fitting that he be given the same kind of treatment for these new charges.
Although Mariotti's lawyer contends that the charges are baseless, this isn't the first time something like this has happened for Mariotti. He once pleaded no contest for misdemeanor domestic violence, for allegedly pulling a chunk of hair out.
If any of these charges are true, Mariotti may as well call his career as a sports journalist over. Well, actually it probably already is.
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