NBA writer and radio host Ethan J. Skolnick charged with battering father

Ethan J. Skolnick booking mug
Ethan J. Skolnick booking mug

NBA writer and radio host Ethan Skolnick was arrested Wednesday and charged with battering his 70-year-old father in Boca Raton, according to police.

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.

Officers arrested Skolnick and took him to the Palm Beach County Jail.

Skolnick has been a senior NBA writer for CBS Sports and hosted “The Ethan Skolnick Show” on 790 The Ticket, but left the show on July 31 and has not been on air since. The reasons for his departure were unclear. Skolnick was also a former columnist for the Miami Herald, covering the Miami Heat during the 2015-16 season. He also had previous sports reporting jobs at the Herald, the Sun Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post and Bleacher Report.

Skolnick appeared before a Palm Beach County circuit judge Thursday morning, who ordered he undergo a mental health evaluation, the Palm Beach Post reported. Louis Skolnick, who also appeared in court, told Judge Dina Keever-Agrama that he was not afraid of his son during the hearing.

Esther-Mireya Tejeda, a spokeswoman for the station’s parent company Entercom, said the company was aware of Skolnick’s arrest and investigating. She did not say if Skolnick was still employed at the station.

“We understand that Ethan Skolnick was involved in an incident that led to his arrest,” she wrote. “While this is a personal situation, we do take these matters seriously.”