Miami radio host Ethan Skolnick was arrested Wednesday and charged with a count of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. Here’s more on that from Elizabeth Koe of The Miami Herald:
Skolnick, 44, of Miramar, was charged with one count of battery on a person 65 years of age or older after his mother, Shelly Skolnick, called 911 around 11 a.m. reporting that he was punching his father, Louis, in the face and arms, according to the arrest report.
Earlier in the day, Boca Raton officers had been called to the parents’ home, where Ethan Skolnick was staying, after his estranged wife contacted police to check on him, according to the report. Though Skolnick cooperated with the check, officers were called back to the residence shortly after when Shelly Skolnick called to report the alleged assault.
When officers returned, they found Skolnick’s father with a bloodied nostril and a torn shirt. Shelly Skolnick told police that her son “went nuts” after the police left, believing his parents were responsible for calling police that morning. He then began punching his father, though his mother intervened and they both ran away from their son.
“He beat him up,” Shelly Skolnick yelled, according to the police report.
Louis Skolnick told police that his son had punched him on the left side of his face and his left arm, though he said a bruise that was visible on his arm had resulted from Skolnick punching him a week ago.
West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV has video of Skolnick’s first appearance before a judge Thursday, where he was released under court supervision:
Skolnick’s father was present at the court hearing, and as per WPTV, said he is comfortable with Skolnick living with him and does not want to press charges.
Skolnick is a long-time host on Miami’s 790 The Ticket, although he hasn’t appeared on-air since July 31. He’s also written for The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Bleacher Report, and he started doing videos for CBS in 2015 and officially joined them as an online NBA insider last July. However, the last piece in his CBS archive is from April 23, so it’s unclear if he still works there. (His Twitter bio still lists himself as a senior NBA writer at CBS, but he hasn’t tweeted since June.)
Update: CBS says Skolnick’s contract with them expired August 1.