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Jay Mariotti, Famous Sports Columnist, Arrested in LA

8/21/2010 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

ESPN personality and popular sports columnist Jay Mariotti was arrested this morning in Los Angeles, this according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department website.

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Mariotti was arrested on a felony charge at 4:30 AM -- a police source tells us it is a domestic violence charge.

He was held on $50,000 bail and released shortly after noon.

Mariotti is a regular on the ESPN show "Around the Horn" and a writer for the popular sports website Fanhouse.com.

UPDATE: A rep for ESPN said the network had no comment.

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Joe Davis    

If you want to be taken seriously in sports writing...never call him a "popular" sports columnist. He is far from it.

1438 days ago
2.

lander    

domestic violence charge, meaning: his wife was pissed because he didn't take out the trash, so she called the police.

1438 days ago
3.

Matthew    

This news is a downer for sure. Mariotti and Paige are my two favorite sports columnists on Around the Horn. If the charge sticks and he's off the show it will be a bummer for sure. Hopefully he didn't do what he's charged with.

1438 days ago
4.

Nayib    

Mariotti is one of those "holier than thou" clowns who preach against athletes who get into trouble....like steroids.....wife abuse...drunk driving....
He is ESPN's biggest Tiger Woods critic...
I knew that it was just a matter of time for all of that vitriol to come back and bite him in the ass.
As always...the ones who protest the loudest....are the ones whose closets full of skeletons....
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving punk.

1438 days ago
5.

Dick Whippler    

Jay, no matter how things turn out for you over this, I am still a huge fan and will continue to be such.

P.S. Joe Davis is a slimey douche noodle!!!!

1438 days ago
6.

kinga    

Man Around the Horn will be nothing with Jay dam son.

1438 days ago
7.

hahahha    

Hahahhahahahaha Couldn't have happened to a bigger DOUCHE.. Hes always preaching the high and mighty

1438 days ago
8.

chris    

Mariotti is one of the most self righteous sports writers out there. Lets see if he is as unforgiving of his own infractions,or the appearence thereof, as he has been of the athletes he covers.

1438 days ago
9.

awards    

Were there crack ho's involved?

1438 days ago
10.

putzco    

The word that best describes Jay sounds a lot like douchebag; oh wait, that word IS douchebag!

Karma's a bitch ain't it?

1438 days ago
11.

Paul    

Beautiful, Mr. Mariotti. A man who makes his money lambasting the dirty deeds (real and imagined) of notable athletes and coaches turns out to be as dirty as anyone. A woman-beater, of all things.

Perfect.

1438 days ago
12.

danidigiacomo    

I've always said Mariotti has the perfect eyebrows for prison and now I will know for sure!

1438 days ago
13.

dede    

he's an ass...always looking down on all the athletes he covers...the ones who protest the loudest usually have skeletons in their own damn closets !!

1438 days ago
14.

Elsa    

WWWPT... what would Woody Paige think

Lets see, continue on with my gig on a steady eddy sports show on national tv, or smack a bish? decisions descisions...

1438 days ago
15.

MarkP    

Couldn't happen to a better person! Glad he's out of Chicago.

1438 days ago
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