This apparently wasn’t the first time former CBS Sports sportswriter Ethan Skolnick beat up his father, but an attack Wednesday prompted his mother to call the cops.
Skolnick was arrested Wednesday morning at his parents’ home in Boca Raton, Fla., after his mother, Shelly, called 911 to report her son was punching her 70-year-old husband, Louis, in the face and arm, the police said.
Ethan Skolnick, 44, was charged with one count of battery on a person 65 years of age or over, according to the Miami Herald, and taken into custody at the Palm Beach County Jail.
Officers entered the Skolnicks’ home around 11 a.m. to find Louis with a bloodied nose and a ripped shirt, according to the police report.
“He beat him up,” Skelly reportedly yelled when the officers showed up, adding that Ethan “went nuts” after Boca Raton officers left their home following a visit earlier that morning.
Police were previously called to the residence on a request from Ethan’s estranged wife to check in on him. While police said Ethan cooperated during the first visit, he reportedly took out his rage on his parents once they were alone, blaming them for calling the station.
Louis told police his son punched him in the left arm and on the left side of his face before Skelly intervened and the two were able to get away. A separate bruise visible on his arm was the result of Ethan punching him a week ago, Louis added.
Ethan Skolnick, who most recently served as a senior NBA writer for CBS Sports (before his contract expired Aug. 1) and hosted “The Ethan Skolnick Show” on a Miami radio show, has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation after appearing before a Palm Beach County circuit judge on Thursday, according to the Palm Beach Post.
A spokesperson for Skolnick’s employer, the parent company of radio station 790 “The Ticket,” said they were aware of his arrest and taking the incident “seriously.”
Skolnick previously worked as a columnist for the Miami Herald, reporting on the Heat during the 2015-16 season. He also has reported for the Sun Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post and Bleacher Report.
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