Jay Mariotti, the columnist and ESPN personality who was arrested in August on charges of domestic violence, has finally spoken out after being sentenced in late September. The longtime "Around the Horn" panelist has apparently joined Twitter, where he announced plans for his future.
In one tweet, the user @JayMariotti announced the end of his career as a regular columnist. "Column writing has been a labor of love for 25 years, allowing me to see the world and cover some of the greatest athletes and events in sports. But it's time to step back from the daily sportswriting grind and focus on my other media ventures, including a book project," he wrote.
He also wrote a tweet about his employer since 2009. "I express deep gratitude to AOL for a fun, productive experience. I wish the talented staff at Fanhouse.com nothing but the best in the competitive Internet world," the user tweeted.
Public reaction to the controversial columnist's arrest was widespread and deeply vitriolic. Mariotti's actions in August appeared particularly hypocritical in light of his history of blasting athletes accused of domestic violence. Mariotti was suspended by AOL FanHouse following his arrest, and SportsByBrooks reports that ESPN quickly rid itself of the controversial sportswriter.