ESPN's Jay Mariotti pleads no contest in LA to misdemeanor in incident with female companion Associated Press LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles city attorney's office says ESPN personality Jay Mariotti has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery count stemming from an August incident involving a female companion. City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan says Mariotti was sentenced Thursday to 36 months of probation, community service and a domestic violence course. Mariotti was originally charged with seven counts, but Mateljan says all other counts were dismissed. A statement issued by Mariotti's attorney says they were confident of prevailing at trial but it would have been long and expensive. The statement claims Mariotti was the victim of false and exaggerated allegations stemming from a public argument. The last thing I've heard from ESPN was "we have no plans to use him at this time"