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Dan Marino: Love Child With CBS Employee Didn't End Marriage

Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 02:11 PM

By Alexandra Ward

Dan Marino, the legendary former Miami Dolphins quarterback known for his squeaky-clean image, fathered a love child with a CBS employee in 2005, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Marino, 51, who retired in 1999 after 16 seasons in the NFL, reportedly paid millions to Donna Savattere, then a 35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports’ Manhattan studio, so she would keep quiet, sources told the Post. Savattere gave birth to their daughter Chloe in June 2005.

At the time of Chloe’s birth, Marino was married to his wife of 20 years.

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Marino admitted to the affair on Wednesday.

"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."

Marino reportedly paid Savattere millions to care for the child, on the condition she move to Texas, according to the Post. Sources said Marino would schedule impromptu meetings with his daughter, who is now 7.

The Hall of Famer also claims his marriage is still intact, despite his transgression.

"My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together," he wrote in his statement to the Post on Wednesday, which also happened to be the couple's 28th wedding anniversary. "And we continue to be a strong and loving family."

Previously married, Savatterere remarried in 2009 and has since had another child with her husband, Nahill Younis. She has reportedly petitioned to change the name of her and Marino’s daughter from Chloe Alexis Savattere to Chloe Alexis Younis, according to records obtained by the Post.

News about Marino's love child broke just days before the football great is scheduled to work on Sunday's Super Bowl telecast. He has worked as a pregame analyst for CBS since 2003.

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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."

A Pittsburgh native and first-round draft pick in 1983, Marino left football with the most passing yards in NFL history, and now stands second only to Green Bay Packer great Brett Favre.

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