Jay Mariotti: LeGarrette Blount should have gone to jail

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February

mariotti.jpgYou remember Jay Mariotti. He's the long-time sports columnist who became even more popular by his appearances on ESPN's Around the Horn. His career is on hold right now following a domestic violence incident last August with his girlfriend. In the end, he pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, while six other misdemeanor charges were dropped. He ended up being fired from AOL, where he was a columnist, and no longer appears on Around the Horn.

In his first interview since then, Mariotti talked with national sports commentator/writer Jason Whitlock on Whitlock's podcast. During the conversation, Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount's name came up. Blount was suspended during his senior year at Oregon when he punched a Boise State player following a game. Mariotti said at the time and repeated in this latest interview that Blount should have gone to jail.

"He hit him,'' Mariotti told Whitlock. "It's on videotape. He hit him with a punch. Period. End of story. ... If that had happened on the street, somebody would be hauled in.''

Later in the interview, Mariotti said he was glad to see Blount doing well.

"Turns out in the end, he took his lumps,'' Mariotti said. "He gets drafted lower in the NFL because of it, he loses money because of it. Tampa Bay is wise enough to take a shot at him and look at him. He'll end up becoming a great success in the NFL. Good for him.''

The Web site TheBigLead characterized the interview like this:

"Sounding defiant and angry, as if he were somehow wronged, I listened to Mariotti on Jason Whitlock's podcast. Well, I had to stop listening after Mariotti was insistent that LeGarrette Blount should have gone to jail for punching that Boise State kid on the field after the Oregon game. Mariotti seems to struggle with logic and reason, and he remains the same knee-jerk simpleton who polluted TV and newspapers for the last decade. If you thought he'd be humbled by the arrest and losing his jobs at ESPN and Fanhouse, think again.''

Click here to listen to Whitlock's podcast. It's long -- 45 minutes. The Blount stuff comes on at about the 19-minute mark.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 6:12pm]

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