MEDINA, Ohio — Longtime Cleveland sports personality and talk show host Tony Rizzo was arrested Friday night on a charge of domestic violence.
According to a Medina police report, officers were called to Rizzo’s home after his wife called 911.
A recording of the 911 call indicates that Rizzo’s wife told the dispatcher, “My husband is hurting me, and he’s very irate and I’m really scared.”
The dispatcher then asked, “Hurting you how?”
Mrs. Rizzo responded, “Choking me, hitting my face. I’m locked in the bathroom right now.”
When asked if her husband was drunk, Rizzo’s wife said, “Yes, we’ve been drinking.”
The dispatcher then asked, “What is he doing now?”
Mrs. Rizzo responded, “He was beating on the door, but he left when he heard that I was calling you.”
When asked if there were any weapons in the house, Rizzo’s wife said, “There’s a gun upstairs.”
Tony Rizzo sent a text message to Fox 8 News, in which he declined comment on his arrest and the domestic violence allegations.
His lawyer on Monday filed a not guilty plea on his behalf to one count of domestic violence.
Tony Rizzo is the host of The Really Big Show on WKNR radio, and hosts The Rizzo Show, which airs each Sunday on Fox 8.
A WKNR spokesperson released this statement:
“We do not believe it is appropriate to comment on Tony’s personal life. Tony is an exemplary teammate and member of the community and his status with us is unaffected.”
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