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Exclusive: FBLA Interview with Jay Mariotti

If “So What Do You Do, Jay Mariotti” wasn’t enough for you, we have more from our exclusive interview with the former Around the Horn contributor and Venice resident.

In Part II, Jay Mariotti discusses in greater detail his relationship with Alison W., his departure from ESPN and what’s next for the opinionated sports columnist.

Did your legal troubles affect your relationship with your daughters? What did they initially think when they found out you were arrested?

The only call they allowed me to make from jail was to my oldest daughter. She kept her cool and she said, “Dad, this isn’t you.” They knew I was living out here now and they didn’t know who this woman was. It saddens me but to this day, the relationship is great. One is still in college at Syracuse. She’s overseas in London on an exchange program. The other one is working at McGraw-Hill. Great relationship and they understand everything. But they trust their dad.

Did they read the book?

Yeah. I told them it was coming. They knew a lot of the book would be about Chicago. This is only 10 chapters out of the 23. I think some of the bits and pieces might have shocked them, especially this last time around.

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ESPN’s Jay Mariotti Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Domestic Violence After Allegedly Hitting His Girlfriend in the Face

The details about ESPN talking head Jay Mariotti‘s violent public incident with his girlfriend have come out–and, as expected, they’re not pretty. Leonard Levine, lawyer for the victim of Mariotti’s abuse, says his client was pushed, struck in the face, pulled by the hair and grabbed so she wouldn’t escape or call the police. Mariotti claims he was upset that his girlfriend was flirting with another man.

If Mariotti did hit his girlfriend in the face, he certainly seems to have gotten off light for it. Mariotti copped a plea yesterday that allowed the more serious charges against him to be dropped in favor of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He’ll be on probation for three years and need to perform 40 hours of community service. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton got 200 hours of community service for possession of some coke. We certainly have interesting notions of grave criminal offense in this country.

“Jay is very pleased to have this matter behind him and is anxious to get back to work,” said Mariotti’s attorney Nick Hanna. “While we are confident he would have prevailed at trial, the process would have been long and expensive. Today’s resolution — a no contest plea to a low-level misdemeanor with all of the other charges dismissed — ends the matter once and for all.”

Back to work huh? It will be interesting to see if ESPN has Mariotti back on “Around the Horn,” where he’s appeared for the past several years.

Previously on FBLA: Jay Mariotti: Purse Snatcher