Posted January 31, 2013

Dan Marino fathered child with CBS employee in 2005

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Dan Marino reportedly fathered a child with a CBS employee in 2005. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Dan Marino reportedly fathered a child with a CBS employee in 2005. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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.”


70 comments
SunnysideupFlorida
SunnysideupFlorida

1.  So Dan Marion has a 7th child!  Good for him! I hope he loves and is equally involved with them all. 

2.  His love life is personal--who are we to judge anyone else?

3.  Many people do not divorce-at least immediately-some at all--who live in a substandard, lacklustre or unfullfilling relationship with person they chose decades before they knew what was possible. Its their business.

4.  Many women stay and even beg to 'try harder' to stay in relationship where man has other relationships...people have their own reasons ... they decide what they perceive is in their best interests. .  We should not judge.

5.  This is not 'NEWS"...its judgmental GOSSIP.

 

Stop trying to live vicariously sexually or otherwise through a luckier guy!

robbiestewart89
robbiestewart89

I wonder if Mr. Marino or Mrs. Savattere has ever heard of the term "sexual harassment" before? Because, where I live at and in jobs that I've worked, employers don't tolerate employees having affairs with other employees in the company and they will usually terminate their employment for fear of being sued in a "sexual harassment" lawsuit. Every day, I thank Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill for me still being single and not married, or having any kids at the my current age of 43, but that's what happens when you have to spend 80 to 90 hours a week of your life working a job for minimum wage just to keep the bills paid and a roof over your head. It's either that or you end up homelessness and trust me when I tell you that's one place you don't want to be, because I've been there too and that was nothing but being constantly harassed by the police and constantly being called "worthless" by the public at large.

juice_rocks
juice_rocks

Just to agree with several other posters: "Who cares?" This is a non-issue.  When high-ranking public officials who have spent their entire careers demonizing, and otherwise attempting to limit the rights of homosexuals get caught with their pants down in a men's room, or outed by their young, male lovers - those are cases when it's fair to delve into their private lives.  That type of hypocrisy deserves to be exposed, especially from people who would make others live by laws that they themselves won't.

 

But a middle-aged professional athlete stepping out on his wife with a younger woman?  The media should report when that DOESN'T happen.  Not that it excuses the behaviour, but come on!  Chris Rock once joked that: "A man is only as faithful as his options", and Dan Marino's got a lot of options.  Mrs. Marino has obviously seen fit to forgive him, as she hasn't left and taken half of his stuff, so everyone else should just go back to minding their own business. And for the people asking for him to be fired, are you being serious?

 

As well, if these are the kind of articles that are going to be running in SI, can I expect in-depth sports coverage in US and People from now on?  Please stick to what you're good at.

Domino
Domino

Dan Marino looks like another family values right wing hypocrite

Simon1
Simon1

Dan the Man!  Buddy, you still have 4 more to go, in order to equal 11.  You need an O-Line to protect you, so get out there and make one.  There are plenty of other CBS interns willing to be Marino-ed, or be your leading receiver.  C'mon Dan, don't let your fan club down.  

coldslough
coldslough

he saw an open hole and rushed for it..

Mars1
Mars1

This crap is news? Who cares what Marino does with his personal life, all you

moralizing clowns need to get a life, guess what it's none of your business.

perkymom
perkymom

You have got to be kidding. His wife must be the stupidest woman on the planet to stay with this cheater. But she probably doesn't want to give up the cushy lifestyle she has either. Mr. Marino is a loser!

kinderj2
kinderj2

So much for your Dolphin safe tuna.

Diogenes
Diogenes

I don't feel bad for the production assistant. She knew when she hooked up with Marino she's never get a ring.

destin507
destin507

I thought you were not supposed to tap the help?

LindyFrickman
LindyFrickman

Why is this big news? 40% of kids are born out of wedlock. Jesse has a bassard chile. What's the big deal

Gerry P
Gerry P

My daughter, mother of 2, says it all...MEN ARE PIGS!

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

That's what you call a costly 'one night stand'

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

i heard this chick is pretty hot---any good pictures anywhere??>?

WilloughbySpitt
WilloughbySpitt

There must be some nice lookin' women working for CBS 'cause they got Marino AND Letterman!!!

 

MichaelRoland
MichaelRoland

How does this news not come out about Marino, but the media can find a way to find the same story on other athletes and get those stories out a lot sooner than this came out? I do agree that this is a personal matter, but having an affair between Dan Marino and a production assistant would get him fired from many other new outlets.

hawaiibeachboy
hawaiibeachboy

SI is turning into the National Inquirerer - I hate how they go around destroying people's lives instead of respecting them.  Dan obviously has dealt with this issue and SI ought to be ashamed of themselves for dragging it back up.  I'm done reading this low-life mag.

marker264109
marker264109

Dan must've forgotten to put on his Isotoner prophylactic ...

joeshine730
joeshine730

Dan Marino father of the year and husband of the year. Nice Values Marino all your kids are proud of you.

MattMarino
MattMarino

At least he took responsibility and takes care of the child.  The affair is wrong but it can happen.   Make the child a normal part of your life though.  

gene44
gene44

WHO CARES!! THOUGHT SI WAS A MANS MAG NOT WOMANS.IF YOU ARE GOING TO GOSSIP WON'T READ YOUR  RAG (NO PUN INTENDED)

robbiestewart89
robbiestewart89

 @perkymom Did you ever think that just maybe Mr. Marino's wife is just looking out for her 6 kids' well being by staying with him, instead of just divorcing him? Otherwise, how would she support 6 kids on her own or put a roof over their heads on her own? Most jobs in this day and age only pay minimum wage and in most areas of this great country of ours, that alone is not enough to keep a roof over your head or 6 kids' heads for that matter, nor is it enough to keep food in their mouths either. I'm not saying that it's OK to cheat, nor should have to give up your religious views of what marriage should be either, but you also have to look at how things are in the real world and whether or not you can survive in it supporting six kids and putting a roof over their heads, and paying the bills on your own and I'm sure that Mrs. Marino considered this more then her religious views. As the old saying goes "cheaper to keep him."

Simon1
Simon1

 perky mom,  wake up and welcome to the real World.  Did someone actually tell you that humans were built to be monogamous?  Oh, your church and your vows, right?  Yeah, you hang onto that silly book of Sunday stories.  You don't break up a marriage because some guy hides his talleywhcker in a sausage grinder.  Yeah, your vows are based on what is between your legs?  You might just want to re-think the importance of your vows, as there is a difference between love and sex.  

 

egutierec
egutierec

 @perkymom keep your baggage and share it with your therapist perky. the rest of us dont give a darn who dan pokes.

Champy
Champy

 @perkymom But it's OK for you to be the moral police? Step off.

robbiestewart89
robbiestewart89

 @Diogenes That's because just like Marino, she hooked up with the wrong team. The Dolphins are just like the Cubs are in baseball, the "lovable losers." About the only thing she got out of this is money and that is worth more then winning.

destin507
destin507

That's some expensive strange.

robbiestewart89
robbiestewart89

 @Gerry P If your daughter is a mother of two, was she thinking that "men are pigs" when she was making those two? Otherwise, she would not be a "mother of two," unless she was artificially inseminated. My dad always said it best,  "It takes two" to tango.

OtisCleavis
OtisCleavis

 @Gerry P I love it when women say things like this.  I think my wife would disagree.  Uh, maybe it is just the men your daughter (and obviously you) have attracted.  50 bucks says she a "single mom."

perkymom
perkymom

He should be fired, but the boys club takes care of each other. Losers!

hawaiibeachboy
hawaiibeachboy

 @MichaelRoland Because Marino confessed to his family, admitted it was wrong, made restitution with the parties involved and moved on.  This is different from Lying Lance ...

SidneyDMitchell
SidneyDMitchell

 @MattMarino rite what planet are you from. he sholud have used a condom and her cream she thought she would married him gold digger  he should be hit with a baseball bat he from pittsbrugh you need to shut up freak boi

 

fireoasis
fireoasis

 @gene44 wow I thought it was a sports mag.. I wasn't aware that you had to be a man to read it. 

Laura3
Laura3

 @gene44

 Gene44, what a great specimen of a human being you are.

Gerry P
Gerry P

 @robbiestewart89  @Gerry P as usual I pushed the SEND button before fully connecting with my brain...good thing my daughter didn't see this asinine comment.

fireoasis
fireoasis

 @perkymom Why should he be fired?  What about his personal life makes him unable to give you news about football?? Not to mention it seems as though he didn't hide the affair from his wife, he was paying child support and was keeping in touch with his daughter.  The only people who seemed to be left out of the loop was the media.. oh boo hoo.  I'm no fan of cheating men, but I fail to see how it prevents them from doing their typical jobs.  Can you imagine if every cheating spouse was fired from their job??  Come on. 

MominMI
MominMI

 @perkymom

 So, he did this all by himself?  Really? How does that work?  This wasn't some teenager that didn't know where babies come from.  This is a grown  woman.  Two adults.  There business, not ours.   

MichaelRoland
MichaelRoland

I don't have an issue with him admitting that it was wrong. My issue is in this day and age of the media looking at always getting the big story on everyone, how did this story just come out now when it happened in 2005?

DJInkieta
DJInkieta

 @fireoasis  @gene44 what a dumbass.... im a woman thats subscribed to SI...wth is his problem..grow up! why wont you take out your head outta your ass and realize that there are women that watch..understand and love sports moron!