Jay Mariotti Pleads No Contest

One could say that Jay Mariotti's entire career has been "no contest", but that wouldn't be fair, would it?

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Today in Los Angeles, Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence:

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As part of a deal reached with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, Los Angeles County Court Commissioner John Green agreed to dismiss the remaining six misdemeanor counts against Mariotti that included four domestic violence related counts, grand theft and false imprisonment.

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"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."

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Mariotti avoids jail time and was instead placed on three years probation and required to perform 40 days of community labor, said Frank Mateljian, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office. He must also complete a 52-week domestic violence course and stay away from the victim in the case.

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And now, the bigger question: what broadcast, cable or online sports media outlet will touch him now? Is his mere presence toxic? Stay tuned.

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