Ah, the Super Bowl. It’s that special time of the year when we all gather with our family and friends, stock up on the beer and liquor, and find an excuse to do ahead with the lame New Year’s resolution to shed those holiday pounds, choosing instead to stuff our faces with chicken wings and queso instead.
And typically, current and ex football players usually give us some juicy scandal – whether it’s former Falcons player Eugene Robinson picking up hookers, Baltimore Ravens’ star Ray Lewis linked to a murder, or longtime Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino pulling a John Edwards and fathering a love child 7 years ago with his former mistress – an unnamed CBS employee.
WAIT – WHAAAA???
It’s true! And to be honest, I kind of love it. I’ve long had a loathing for Dan Marino and his fake tan and stupid Autonation commercials (if you live in Florida, you know what I’m talking about.). Yes, I was a card carrying member of the Lois Einhorn/Ray Finkle club.
The NY Post revealed Marino, who has been married for 20 years to his wife, with whom he has six children, fathered a daughter with former CBS production assistant Donna Savaterre in 2005. This is how it all went down:
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.
CBS said in a statement today, “Dan has said all there is to say on this matter, and will be in his usual role on our broadcast Super Bowl Sunday.”
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.”
Ugh, what a total tool bag. I’m surprised he was able to keep it a secret for so long, but this type of thing probably happens all the time in not just the NFL but all professional sports. Sad to say, but money does talk.