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Jay Mariotti domestic violence arraignment postponed

September 17, 2010 |  3:02 pm

Jaymariotti Arraignment for ESPN sports commentator Jay Mariotti on seven misdemeanor counts of domestic violence and other offenses was postponed until Oct. 1, prosecutors said Friday.

Mariotti is charged with domestic violence, domestic violence with injury and one count each of grand theft, false imprisonment and vandalism, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

Mariotti appeared on the ESPN show "Around the Horn" and writes for the sports website Fanhouse.com, where he is known for his outspoken views criticizing athletes for their actions on and off the field. He formerly wrote sports columns for the Denver Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.

LAPD sources said Mariotti allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica, where they were seen exchanging harsh words before getting in a car to leave. Mariotti got angry after he believed his girlfriend had been flirting with another man, police sources said.

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.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Jay Mariotti. Credit: ESPN