Super Bowl CBS Analyst Dan Marino Fathered Child After Affair in 2005

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 31, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 29:  CBS Sports NFL analyst Dan Marino speaks with the media at a Super Bowl XLVII Broadcasters Press Conference at the New Orleans Convention Center on January 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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According to reports, football analyst and quarterback legend Dan Marino once had an affair with a CBS employee, fathering a child back in 2005. 

The NY Post (h/t USA Today) reports the married Hall of Fame QB is answering back, as news of the child he had out of wedlock leaks just before he is set to call the Super Bowl for CBS. 

Marino gave the Post a written statement: 

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.

The woman is Donna Savattere, who was a 35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports’ Manhattan studio when the two consummated their affair. Then, in June of 2005, Savattere gave birth to Marino's daughter, Chloe. 

There is no mention of when the affair began; Marino has been an analyst for the network since 2003. However, sources told The Post great care was taken so that this news would never leak, "they had an affair, and she had a baby. Everything was on the down-low and secretive."

As for responsibility, Marino set up Savattere with millions of dollars and had her move out to Texas. As the report issues, her new life didn't exactly stick. 

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.

Marino maintains that he is happily married to his wife Claire, and the bombshell of breaking news will do nothing to usurp his marriage of nearly 30 years—a marriage which has produced four sons and two adopted daughters.

He stated as much with, "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."

Per the report, Marino wrote the statement on his 28th wedding anniversary. 

Those worried about their Super Bowl coverage being maintained, don't worry. USA Today was able to get in touch with the network whom offered there is nothing more to say, and Marino will be where he should be, breaking down the Super Bowl for CBS. 

Nothing much else shocks us, as the month started with Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o news that read like tall tales. 

The month will end with Marino's confession amid Ray Lewis' antler-spray denial. 

Oh, and we have a Super Bowl to consider. 

The 51-year-old Marino has had "impromptu" contact with his daughter—part of the initial agreement—who is now 7 years old. 

Savattere recently married Nahill Younis and has been wanting to change the little girl's name to reflect that. 

It may be more difficult to do so as things have changed remarkably, which is really the theme to all of this. Things change, and the past creeps back up once again. 

Nothing stays hidden forever, which is our life lesson from the month of January. 

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