Early this morning Jay Mariotti was arrested by the L.A.P.D. and charged with felony domestic assault in Venice, Calif., after a dispute with his girlfriend. Mariotti was released on $50,000 bail at noon today and is scheduled to make a court appearance on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Here’s the key part of the L.A. TIMES account of the incident:
The argument continued at the couple’s apartment near Venice where Mariotti allegedly pushed and shoved the woman. During the altercation, Mariotti grabbed her arm, leaving marks, the sources said.
Police were called to the apartment and found his girlfriend, who has not been identified, with cuts and bruises.
After the L.A. TIMES’ revelation that police found “cuts and bruises” on Mariotti’s girlfriend in the aftermath of the alleged assault, I spoke to several ESPN sources about Mariotti’s prospect for future employment at the company.
One Bristol-based ESPN source said, “if the (L.A. TIMES) report is true, he’s done. It’s a death sentence to his career at ESPN.”
A Los Angeles-based ESPN source said of Mariotti’s chances of keeping his job at ESPN, “I don’t think he’ll survive.”
As for Mariotti’s immediate status at the network, with ESPN’s Around The Horn television show on hiatus next week due to Little League World Series broadcasts, Bristol may allow for more details of the case to surface before issuing a statement on Mariotti’s standing with the company. For now, ESPN isn’t commenting.
Mariotti moved to Los Angeles two months ago in an attempt to relaunch his radio career. ESPN sources in L.A. and Bristol tell me that Mariotti was due to launch a morning show from 6-8am PT with Jalen Rose in the near future on ESPN-owned KSPN-AM in Los Angeles.
If the show did well during the Lakers season, I was told that ESPN execs were considering moving the duo to another more prominent daypart on the station.
But from what I’ve been told today by ESPN sources inside the Disney-owned company, those plans may soon be moot.
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