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Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:41 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

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. 

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:07 am

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

I agree, this is utterly disgusting.  I am sad for Haywood, he had it all, great job, great program, the best money coming his way, and who knows what else he lost.  Mostly. This should not have made the front page news. His wife sounds  like a quack who couldn't wait for the s**t to hit the fan and ruin his job with Pitt.  I just wish he would have called a friend, relative, or anyone for that matter like even his pastor or priest before taking things in his own hands.  Everyone would have said stay away a day or two and let it blow over. THEN HE'D STILL HAVE HISE JOB AND HE COULD GET LEGALLY SEPARATED FROM THE QUACK!Frown

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 3:12 am

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Why would Sharpass or Jessie Jackass get involved...Is this another racial media ploy kinda thing to keep them relevant?  Our society and the media coverage of unfortunate events that happens in most everyones lives, has become such a circus.  I know of many people in my life that have suffered different perils and tribulations, but we didn't make the news... This man lost a great job and opportunity to make a nice salary only because he was "famous" enough to get some media attention.  If I worked at the local 7-11, and went thru the same situation, I would not have made any newspapers.  Not defending him for not being smarter in dealing with his personal troubles, just saying that if you're important enough for the media to go after you, they will, and the results will usually not be pleasant...

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:44 pm

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Five kids selling  their things has been in the news much more than this tell me what is worse?A woman gets abused by a football coach and it's second page news,all I've heard about for the last weeks or so is what a terrible crime the Buckeye five had committed,,,what messed up world we live in.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 5:12 pm

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

HAHAHAHAA fortyacres. Nice analyzation. 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:38 pm

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

I am sorry they fired him.  With this kind of poor judgment and anger issues--breaks open the barracaed door and has a shoving match with a woman--we would have had some great craziness in the Pitt football program.  Can you imagine Haywood's pep talk, "Okay men, we are taking on West Virginia today.  We are going to treat them like the unmarried mother of our children, we will break down the doors of their offensive line, we will shove them like an aggressive bitch who will attack us anyway she can, we will carry those Mountaineers out in wheel barrows.  And best of all, there will be no consequences--no police, no over night in jail, no charges filed against you.  So hit 'em, slap 'em, call them trash.  Beat West Virginia!!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:24 pm

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

You are missing the point of why he was fired.  A coach that runs his mouth about integrity, discipline, etc would have just called the police the second he found out she was barricaded in his house.  Or he would have called the police the second she tried to put the kid in his car.  Or he would never have touched her for fear of getting in to trouble.   

It's called a lack of judgment, which is exactly what you don't want when in charge of a football program.  As has been said 1000 times over, a head football coach at a major college should never put himself in this position to begin with.

That is why he was fired.

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:19 pm

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Yeah. That's what he says. Here comes Sharpton.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:05 pm

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Call me what you want and say what you want about me, but that is NO REASON for him to lose his job. Crazy woman barricades herself in HIS home and tries to take HIS car? Not condoning what he did at all, but again no reason to lose his job......

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