The woman, seen in this photo taken last May at a bar in Santa Monica, is Jay Mariotti's girlfriend, the one involved in the alleged domestic disturbance early Saturday morning. The eyewitness who called the cops on Mariotti gives us his report.
This individual, who wishes not to be identified, was parked in his car, picking up his girlfriend outside the Air apartment complex on the corner of Rose Avenue and Ocean Front Walk. He made the call to the cops at 3:13 a.m. Saturday. This is a summary of the details he told them, which he shared with us.
"I was down there, outside across the street in my car picking up a girl at the end of the night. While i waited i saw a couple having an argument. I first thought it was a bad blind date that was having a kiss goodbye stalemate...but as i watched it unfold I could tell something bad was going to go down. It got heated fast. He was boxing her out every time she tried to get around him. He was d-ing her up like Gary Payton. He mirrored every side step she made. When my girl got in the car i told her we had to wait to make sure he didn't do anything to the woman. I honked my horn at one point as to say "Hey someone is here watching you" as an escalation deterrent and once that didn't work i was pretty sure the cops were going to be needed.
"She punched her code to get into the lobby of her building...and when she did that he fired the door open and followed her in..and that's when it began. Lucky for me her lobby was a giant glass one so i could continue to see everything that was going on when they went inside."
This is the lobby:
"She sat on a couch and he grabbed her by the hair and whipped her around a bit — ripped something out of her ear and shoved her around. With those actions I told my girl to call the cops and i went to the trunk of my cart to get my black wiffle ball bat to try and put the fear of god in him...but before i could do so he fired her into the elevator and they disappeared. Being the resourceful guy I am, I went up to the door and found out what floor they stopped at so i could relay that info to the cops. I'll tell you this much. the guy has a serious rage problem...[H]e was ripping stuff off the walls and firing it in the lobby too. some papers or something. i guess to show how macho he was."
Oh and there's this: Around The Horn is not filming this week, but ESPN is currently reviewing the situation before they make a formal announcement. But, as both Sports By Brooks and SI have already told you, word out of Bristol is that he's gone. Chances are probably good that he's written his last Fanhouse column as well — but maybe they'll let him do a farewell one to condemn his own actions as stridently as he's written about others in similar situations.