Sportswriter Jay Mariotti arrested in LA for ‘domestic incident’

ESPN panelist and writer Jay Mariotti was arrested overnight in LA, and the LA Times is reporting that the arrest was due to a “domestic incident” involving Mariotti’s girlfriend.

Details surrounding the incident were scant, but the LAT blog said:

He was booked on suspicion of a felony, but officials would not provide further details.

A source with knowledge of the case described it as a domestic disturbance charge involving his girlfriend. He was being held on $50,000 bail.

A later update indicated that the pair began arguing at a club in Santa Monica. The unspecified disagreement persisted when they arrived home to their apartment in Venice, and the dispute allegedly became physical, at which time police were called in. Mariotti is reportedly being held at the 77th Street station. The incident was not Mariotti’s first publicized brawl- in 2004, a feud between the controversial sports reporter and White Sox broadcaster Ken “the Hawk” Harrelson also came to blows and Mariotti suffered a broken nose. has neither commented nor reported on Mariotti’s arrest.