Now that Mike Haywood no longer has to worry about running the football program at Pitt, he can concentrate all his time and energy on his upcoming court case following his arrest for domestic assault last week. Since being released from jail, Haywood hasn't had a whole lot to say about the case publicly, just that his arrest "wasn't fair" and "the truth will eventually come out."
Well, the truth, at least according to the police reports, has come out. Haywood pled not guilty in court on Monday, and a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pieced together what went on at Beth Marriott's -- the mother of Haywood's one-year old son -- home in South Bend.
According to a court document, Ms. Marriott told St. Joseph County police Officer Diana Landry on Friday that she was angry with Mr. Haywood because she suspected him of seeing another woman in Texas, and because he did not return home from there Thursday night as she expected. She barricaded the door to the house, she said, because Mr. Haywood had given keys to several people.
Mr. Haywood, 46, said he stayed in the South Bend Marriott Hotel on Thursday night because he could not enter his house, the document said. He forced the door open Friday, he said, later showing police a picture he took on his cell phone of a blue pole that he said barricaded the door.
Ms. Marriott said she and Mr. Haywood argued and that she decided to go to her brother's house with the child and put him in a car in the garage. Mr. Haywood, she said, attempted to take the boy out of the car and pulled her away by wrapping his arm around her neck and throwing her backward, causing her to fall on a wheelbarrow. She said she felt a pop in her neck but no pain, and her arm was "burning and tingling" but she did not know how she hurt it. Ms. Landry wrote that she saw dark red marks on Ms. Marriott's neck and jaw, a raised mark on her back and redness on her right arm, consistent with her story.
Mr. Haywood said he did not want Ms. Marriott to take the child and that he hadn't given her permission to use his car. He said he opened the back door to remove the child and Ms. Marriott tried to stop him by grabbing his shirt. He pushed her away with his arm and she fell, he said. He helped her to her feet, then called his attorney. He said Ms. Marriott's face, neck and chest turn red when she is upset.
Now, if you'll let me put on my lawyerin' pants for a moment, I can tell you that they don't fit at all. It seems I've put on a few pounds since I wasn't in law school, which means I really can't tell you all that much about what will come from this case. What I do know, however, is that there aren't many circumstances when a man can put his hands on a woman and come out the hero of the story.
And while hindsight is 20/20, I bet Haywood is wishing he'd called the police first before any of this had gone down. He'd still have his job today.