How Two Infamous Ex-ESPNers Benefited From A Bristol VIP's Night Out

One of the most influential men in sports pawing women in a hotel bar in front of a couple enemies with old scores to settle—and much of it surreptitiously captured on video? It sounds like the stuff of an investigation carried out by one of ESPN's harder-charging journalistic franchises. Instead, it's one night in… » 7/01/14 9:00am 7/01/14 9:00am

Jay Mariotti Is Maxin' And Relaxin' And Writing Shitty-Ass Columns Again

Look at that picture! Just look at it! That's a picture of Jay Mariotti, taken right after he polished off his second craft beer of the afternoon, no doubt, and right before he started talking about how he's always "really appreciated" Tom Waits, and that most people don't know that about him. » 9/17/12 3:10pm 9/17/12 3:10pm

How Not To Be The Biggest Asshole In Media: 4 Lessons I Learned From…

It's been almost two years since Jay Mariotti last wrote a sports column or appeared on ESPN. In that time, sports media's ur-controversialist—a pioneer of the sportswriters-being-dicks-on-television genre—has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor stalking and assault-related charges stemming from a hair-pulling fight… » 6/14/12 6:05pm 6/14/12 6:05pm

Jay Mariotti Pleads No Contest And Is Already Back on Twitter Promoting…

All had been quiet (for once) on the Jay Mariotti front since late June, when a California judge ordered him to stand trial on assault, domestic violence, and stalking charges stemming from an incident in which he had allegedly pulled out his ex-girlfriend's hair extensions. And now we know why: Today it was announced… » 9/13/11 5:25pm 9/13/11 5:25pm

More From The Jay Mariotti Hearings: Pulling Out Hair Extensions Does…

Last night we alerted you to the news that formerly ubiquitous ESPN pundit Jay Mariotti would stand trial in California on charges of felony stalking, domestic violence, and assault stemming from an April altercation. That came after a no-contest plea on domestic violence charges in September 2010. » 6/29/11 12:10pm 6/29/11 12:10pm

Jay Mariotti Will Stand Trial On Stalking, Domestic Violence, And…

"Mariotti allegedly confronted the woman at a restaurant last Sept. 30.... He also is accused of grabbing the woman outside a Venice restaurant around midnight on April 15 of this year, pulling out a chunk of her hair and grabbing her cell phone away as he shouted at her." [BHCourier, h/t tomuban] » 6/28/11 9:50pm 6/28/11 9:50pm

TV Is A Helluva Drug: On Jay Mariotti And The Sportspersona Machine

The tale of Jay Mariotti, as sad and vile as it may be on the surface, isn't entirely unique. During his interview with Fox's Jason Whitlock months ago, Mariotti played off the first set of allegations as an isolated moment of rage (he was trying to "help the person [his girlfriend]," he said), and he may not have… » 5/12/11 7:05pm 5/12/11 7:05pm

Remembering The Time Jay Mariotti Got Hazed In The Reds Clubhouse

With Jay Mariotti doing the stations of the cross now, let's take a look back at a demoralizing moment from early in his career. A reader called our attention to the following excerpt from Gene Wojciechowski's 1990 book, Pond Scum and Vultures: America's Sportswriters Talk About Their Glamorous Profession: » 2/18/11 3:25pm 2/18/11 3:25pm

In Which We Learn Jay Mariotti Is Still A Jackass

Jay Mariotti spoke with Jason Whitlock for another 42 minutes today. I learned some things about Mariotti that I didn't know before. He started out as a regular sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times in Cincinnati when he was just 25 years old, and in retrospect he can't believe that he had such a platform at… » 2/17/11 8:05pm 2/17/11 8:05pm