The LATIMES Blog with details:
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.
Mariotti is a well-known sports commentator who can be seen on the ESPN show “Around the Horn.” He also writes for a sports website called Fanhouse.com. Known for his outspoken views, he used to write a sports column for the Denver Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.
Details of the arrest were not immediately available.
Updated at 9:30 a.m.: LAPD sources said Mariotti allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica.
The argument continued at the couple’s apartment in Venice, where some type of physical altercation allegedly occurred. Police were called to the apartment, and Marioitti was arrested. He is currently being held at the 77th Street station.]
Just as an aside, here are Mariotti’s own words about Ben Roethlisberger and how the NFL should “handle him” and his transgressions:
That’s right. If Goodell has the latitude under the league’s personal conduct policy to suspend a player because he has undermined the NFL’s image, then Roethlisberger should sit at least four games this season. Perhaps then, once and for all, it will plant a permanent seed that a player — especially one with a high profile — has a responsibility not to act like a goon who randomly would pick up a college woman and meet up with her by the commode.
Should Mariotti be held to his own standard?
Update: From TooMuchSports on Mariotti and “letting athletes play in the Superbowl when they have an arrest charge”
Mariotti, in true 21st century sports journalism fashion, hopped aboard his moral high horse and lectured America on what he termed “jock justice.” He implied that the United State legal system was bending for Tank Johnson because he’s a football player. He implied that no one else in the world would have been granted a trip to Miami if they had such serious charges pending against him. He basically called out the judge for being a Bears fan and doing a disservice to the United States of America.