The Next Stop On Jay Mariotti’s Tour Of Self-Destruction: Another Trial
June 29 / Timothy Burke / SportsGrid
Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ESPN personality Jay Mariotti will stand trial for his April arrest on felony stalking and assault charges.
The LA Times reports judge Mark Windham found enough evidence against Mariotti to warrant a trial on accusations he violated a restraining order and physically assaulted his ex-girlfriend. The charges are on top of an August 2010 misdemeanor domestic-violence charge to which he pled no contest.
Among the allegations include Mariotti ripping his ex-girlfriend's hair extensions out and ripping her mobile phone from her hand while shouting at her. In other words, Mariotti is charged with being a crazy person.
The former Around The Horn contributor has been absent, though not officially fired, from ESPN since his arrest on April 15. His controversial nature long preceded his legal troubles; in 2004, Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson broke Mariotti's nose in a physical altercation, and Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called the columnist a homophobic slur in 2006.