A former Milwaukee television reporter has reached a plea deal for punching a reporter from another station at a Brewers baseball game.
Former WITI reporter Adair “A.J.” Bayatpour would avoid a felony record under the deferred prosecution agreement.
Bayatpour was charged with battery over an April incident at Miller Park when police say he broke the nose of another man who was demanding an apology to his fiancée.
Bayatpour pleaded guilty Thursday, but the judge withheld conviction.
If Bayatpour follows the terms of the deal, prosecutors will amend the charge to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
Ben Jordan, a reporter at WTMJ was at the April 6 Brewers vs. Cubs game with Madeline Anderson, a reporter colleague of Bayatpour at WITI.
Drinking ensued, miscommunications abounded and post-game, Jordan and Bayatpour squared off.
Jordan sustained a broken nose, a chipped tooth and orbital bone fractures.
Bayatpour was fired.
Moral: Stay the hell away from colleagues and competitors at ball parks if you’re going to drink too much.