Jay Mariotti, the AOL journalist and ESPN sportscaster, is due in court in Friday, charged with seven misdemeanors, including domestic battery, false imprisonment and grand theft stemming from an incident last month involving his girlfriend at a club that continued in their Venice, California apartment.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail; if convicted of all, Mariotti faces seven years in prison.
“The allegations are inaccurate and sensationalized,” Debra Wong Yang, Mariotti's lawyer, said in a statement. “We are confident that the facts will show that the complainant was extremely intoxicated that night and abusive toward Mr. Mariotti.”
AOL suspended Mariotti last month. A spokesperson for ESPN said the network has “no plans to use [Mariotti] at this time." He had been a regular on ESPN's "Around The Horn."
Last month, Mariotti allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica: “The argument continued at the couple's apartment in Venice, where some type of physical altercation allegedly occurred," according to a Los Angeles Times report.
The 51-year-old “Around The Horn” commentator was taken into custody, booked on felony charges and eventually released on $50,000 bail.