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Ethan Skolnick: South Florida sports radio host arrested in Boca Raton on battery charge

Posted at 9:44 AM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 12:46:14-04

South Florida sportswriter and radio host, Ethan Skolnick, was arrested Wednesday in Boca Raton on a charge of battery of a person 65 years of age or older.

According to the probable cause affidavit, police received a call from Skolnick's estranged wife who was concerned after she received a call from a tenant who said that Skolnick didn't show up for a meeting.


Police drove out to the place where Skolnick is staying to perform a welfare check.

The officer described him as calm and cooperative and left the residence.

Shortly after leaving, the officer was directed back to the home after dispatch received a call alleging Skolnick committed assault.

Police found the victim, a 70-year-old man, with a torn shirt pocket and a bloody nostril.

According to the report, a witness who was in the home when the alleged assault happened, said "Ethan went nuts" because he believed they had called the police.

Skolnick, 44, was arrested and taken to jail where he was booked at 4:53 p.m.

The suspect currently works for sports radio 790 The Ticket, hosting a weekday show 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

He previously worked for the Palm Beach Post, the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

As a child, he appeared in a commercial for the Juicy Juice beverage company, which was invented by his grandfather David Skolnick.

According to the 790 The Ticket website, Skolnick is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. 

After facing a judge this morning Skolnick, who does not have a criminal history, is allowed to leave jail on supervised release, the judge allowed him to have phone contact with his estranged wife, but no personal contact. 

The victim, who was present at Skolnick's first court appearance Thursday morning, said he is comfortable with Skolnick living with him and does not want to press charges.

WPTV is not identifying the victim or the witness of this domestic assault as their names and their relationship to the suspect are redacted in the report.