Jerry Reinsdorf finally fired back at Jay Mariotti.
The White Sox and Bulls chairman was a favorite target of Mariotti, the ESPN personality who was arrested in Los Angeles last weekend on suspicion of felony domestic assault, when Mariotti wrote a column for the Sun-Times.
Reinsdorf was on a panel with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on Friday at a WGN Radio event called The Business of Sports at a downtown Chicago restaurant when host David Kaplan asked him about his former media nemesis.
"Jay Mariotti was and is a pissant," Reinsdorf said as the place filled with laughter. "A lot of the people who were laughing here probably have no idea what that means. You can look it up in the dictionary; it has a very definite meaning."
First, this is obviously awesome. It's kind of odd to hear Reinsdorf say such a thing simply because you typically don't think of owners lashing out that way. It sounds like something I'd call Mariotti on the ranting version of my podcast.
Whatever negative thoughts may cross your mind about Reinsdorf, I think we can all get behind him on this.
It's interesting that as you see comments around the web about this article (or the original report of the arrest), you won't find a single person disagreeing with Reinsdorf's declaration or expressing surprise about Mariotti's actions. There doesn't exist a Mariotti fan anywhere that I've found.
The guy basically has made his entire career out of trying to capture the negative Howard Stern audience (people who pay attention just because they hate him) without ever capturing the corresponding positive audience.
It's always made me sad that there exists such a large segment of people who pay attention to stuff they hate to allow ass hats like Mariotti to find jobs. As a side note, I was discussing what a douchenozzle Mariotti was with a friend who works in the media, and said "Sometimes guys just play that role for the paper/tv, but they're really nice guys". He responded "Yeah a lot of guys you'd think are jerks are really cool and vice versa, but Mariotti's a asshole in person too".
Anyway, I can't say I'm glad this happened, because I'm never glad that domestic abuse happens, but I am glad when domestic abusers get caught. If only you could be thrown into a Chicago prison, that would have been the ultimate justice for the ultimate hypocrite.