According to the New York Post, former Miami Dolphins quarterback and current CBS analyst Dan Marino had an affair back in 2005 with a then 35 year-old CBS production assistant named Donna Savattere.
“They had an affair, and she had a baby,” said a source. “Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
Marino admitted the affair yesterday.
“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 says he’s still married to his wife.
“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.”
Marino ended up agreeing to pay Savattere off to keep everything quiet. He’s also remained in touch with his daughter.
Marino agreed to pay Savattere millions to care for Chloe, sources say, and she moved to Texas as part of the deal.
It’s not clear exactly how much Marino paid. But after getting the dough, Savattere apparently started living large.
She soon returned to New York from the Lone Star State, splitting her time between the Upper West Side and the Hamptons, where she became a fixture on the social scene.
She was even snapped by society photographers such as Patrick McMullan and New York Social Diary.
The source said that Marino, 51, has been in touch with his now-7-year-old daughter.
“They would have impromptu meetings, which was part of the deal,” a source said.
“Donna was always saying she had to go meet with her lawyers to go over the scheduling and other issues.”
Even though Marino has always come off as a guy that would never do something like this, I’m not shocked because you just never know.