Hall of Fame Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino reportedly fathered a child with a production assistant at CBS Sports in 2005, according to a report Thursday from the New York Post.
Marino, who has six kids with the wife he has been married to for almost 30 years, reportedly had the affair with Donna Savattere, then a 35-year-old production assistant with the network and she gave birth to their daughter two months before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Marino, an analyst with CBS Sports since 2003, responded to the report by issuing a statement to the Post, ironically on the same day as his 28th wedding anniversary, saying it’s a private matter but that he takes full responsibility both personally and financially for his actions:
“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then. We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved. My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together. And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Marino, 51, paid Savattere an undisclosed sum of money, according to sources, and keeps in touch with the 7-year-old daughter. Savaterre had already been married before she had the affair with Marino. After getting divorced, she remarried a man she met in the Bahamas in 2009.
CBS Sports issued a statement saying that the network defers to Marino on the matter and that the report will in no way affect his status with the company as he prepares for the Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday.
“Dan has said all there is to say on this matter, and will be in his usual role on our broadcast Super Bowl Sunday.”