Former ESPN Talking Head Jay Mariotti Charged With Three Felonies

Just months after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of domestic violence for an incident with his girlfriend in Venice last summer, former Around the Horn personality Jay Mariotti is being charged with stalking, domestic violence and assault. That’s three felonies folks. Mariotti pleaded not guilty in court yesterday.

The LA Times has the details:

In addition to confronting his ex-girlfriend at a restaurant Sept. 30 — the day he pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence — prosecutors said he argued with his former girlfriend again outside of a Venice restaurant April 15. He allegedly pulled a chunk of her hair out and grabbed her cellphone, while shouting at her, prosecutors said.

As part of a deal reached in the original case with the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, six other misdemeanor counts against Mariotti were dismissed — four domestic-violence-related counts, grand theft and false imprisonment.

In that case, Mariotti avoided jail time and was instead placed on three years’ probation and required to perform 40 days of community service. He was ordered to complete a 52-week domestic violence course and stay away from the victim. He could face county jail time in connection for violating probation.

Mariotti is facing five years in prison for his latest alleged escapade. His lawyer called the latest allegations “fabrications.”

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Jay Mariotti: Purse Snatcher