DEVELOPING: CBS’ Dan Marino fathered a love child with a network production assistant in 2005, then privately paid her millions to keep it quiet, the New York Post reported Thursday.
The married former Miami Dolphins quarterback had an affair with Donna Savattere, who gave birth to a daughter named Chloe in 2005, according to the Post’s Page 6. Marino seemed to admit the affair– but said it was a private matter and that his 28-year marriage remains intact.
Marino’s been a mainstay for years on CBS’ The NFL Today pre-game show and is scheduled to work CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
I’ve interviewed Marino many times in person and over the phone. He’s always been one of the nicest, most down-to-earth TV sports people around, especially for a guy who set so many NFL passing records. From today’s Post:
The ex-Miami Dolphin QB — who has long had an image as one of pro sports’ most squeaky-clean guys— knocked up Donna Savattere, a then-35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports’ Manhattan studio.
She gave birth to their daughter, Chloe, in June 2005.
“They had an affair, and she had a baby,” said a source. “Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
News of the affair and child comes as Marino is set to work Sunday’s big “Super Bowl Today” telecast.
He and other former NFL greats, such as Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe, will jaw about the big game for hours before the 6:30 p.m. kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The revelation could make for some awkward moments during the long broadcast, which starts at 2 p.m.
Marino yesterday admitted to his dalliance.
“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” he told The Post in a written statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
At the time of the affair and Chloe’s birth, Marino was married to his wife of 20 years, Claire, with whom he had six kids, including four sons and two adopted daughters.
The birth of baby Chloe came about two months before Marino’s Hall of Fame induction — at which his son Daniel made what danmarino.com called “a moving tribute to his father.”
Marino insisted that his marriage is still intact, despite the affair.
“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” he wrote yesterday — which happened to be his 28th wedding anniversary.
“And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”