Sports writer Jay Mariotti arrested in Venice

VENICE, Calif. Authorities said the 51-year-old was arrested following a "domestic incident" and was released on $50,000 bail by noon Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times reported that police said Mariotti got into a fight with his girlfriend at a club in Santa Monica before the two took off in his car. According to the Times, the fight continued at the couple's apartment and police found the woman with cuts and bruises.

The /*Los Angeles Sheriff's Department*/ website confirms that Mariotti was booked on an undisclosed felony charge at 5:45 a.m.

Mariotti, who lives in Los Angeles, is a panelist on the /*ESPN*/ show "Around the Horn."

He writes a regular column for the sports website and was a longtime columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Associated Press and City News Service contributed to this report.

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