NFL notebook: Marino admits fathering child with CBS employee
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and CBS analyst Dan Marino fathered a child out of wedlock with another CBS employee in 2005.
The New York Post reported that the former Central Catholic and Pitt star had an affair with former CBS Sports production assistant Donna Savattere, and the two had a daughter, Chloe, in June 2005.
“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” Marino said in a statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
CBS Sports spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle told USA Today: “Dan has said all there is to say on this matter. and he'll be in his usual role on our broadcast Super Bowl Sunday.”
Marino has been married for 28 years to his wife, Claire, with whom he has four sons and two adopted daughters.
“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” Marino said. “And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
After the birth of Chloe, the Post reports Marino “agreed to pay millions,” and Savattere moved from New York to Texas to keep their relationship and child a secret.
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