The former Chicago Sun-Times columnist that everyone in Chicago loves to hate has been suspended from his job at AOL following his arrest last week.
Jay Mariotti was arrested on August 21 in Los Angeles following a "domestic incident," Officer Norma Eisenman told the Associated Press. He was allegedly at a Santa Monica club arguing with his girlfriend when things got physical.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mariotti pushed and shoved his girlfriend, leaving marks on her arms. He was released from jail on $50,000 bail hours after his arrest.
On Thursday, AOL announced that Mariotti will be suspended for the time being. The New York Times reports:
"We are continuing to gather all the facts," said Caroline Campbell, a spokeswoman for AOL. "In the meantime, we have suspended Jay Mariotti and are not featuring any new work from him."
She would not elaborate on what AOL had learned since Mariotti's arrest to prompt the suspension.
Mariotti is a panelist on the ESPN's "Around the Horn" and writes a regular column for the sports website Fanhouse.com, which is owned by AOL.He was a longtime columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times before moving to Los Angeles.