|Jay Mariotti and his mouth/Courtesy: sportressofblogitude.com|
Late Monday comes word that Mariotti is now facing seven misdemeanor charges as a result of the incident. Each charge...has the potential of...a year in jail.
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This probably signals the end of Mariotti's somewhat controversial sports writing career. ESPN has already gone on the record saying they "Have no plans to use him for anything soon".
One of the interesting things to come out of his legal issues is the overwhelming disdain of him by his fellow sportswriters. Having run, albeit from a distance, in those circles, you have to be kind of a schmuck to get ostracized like he has. Most of the time, if someone is not liked, they just aren't included. A lot, but not all of it, had to do with the very public and outspoken stance he took on the very thing he's in trouble for. But to have as many nationally recognized writers take the public shots at him that they did....well, that should speak volumes.
Here is a little bit of Mariotti on TV for those unfamiliar with him. Thanks YouTube: