Mariotti Could Face 7 Years in Jail

Charged with domestic battery

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    Blustery sports opinionater Jay Mariotti was arrested for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in California. This week AOL suspended him from his column writing job.

    Former Sun-Times columnist and ESPN personality Jay Mariotti has been charged with seven misdemeanors, including domestic battery, reports the Los Angeles Times.

    Last month, Mariotti and his girlfriend got into an argument at a Santa Monica club after Mariotti accused her of flirting with another man, said Los Angeles police. The couple left the club and drove home, where the argument reportedly escalated.

    Mariotti is accused of pushing and shoving the victim, leaving her with cuts and bruises, said police.

    "Charges include two counts of domestic violence with injury, two counts of domestic violence, one count of grand theft, one count of false imprisonment and one count of vandalism. Each of the counts carries a maximum of a year in jail, meaning he could face up to seven years behind bars," reports the Los Angeles Times.

    Mariotti, who also writes regularly for AOL's sports website Fanhouse.com, was arrested on August 21 and will be arraigned Friday.

    "We are confident that the facts will show the complainant was extremely intoxicated that night and abusive toward Mr. Mariotti," his attorney said, according to Chicago Breaking News.

    Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.