This just breaking now and happening on Twitter, Jay Mariotti who pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge last week in relation to beating up his girlfriend earlier this year has announced on Twitter that he’s leaving Fanhouse and getting out of sportswriting for “other media ventures.”
Mariotti joined Twitter rather quietly on October 1 then sent out two tweets tonight:
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.
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.
Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock confirms with AOL that Mariotti is indeed gone from Fanhouse.
So where does Mariotti go from here? Good question. Perhaps he goes and writes that book that he mentioned in his tweet. No matter what, we’ll be watching.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Leave it to Mariotti to get the final word on the reaction to his leaving Fanhouse:
Look at all of you. Serious announcement, psycho reaction. Please, get lives.
Typical Mariotti. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Jay the Rat.