Chances are Dan Marino's wife did not have a very happy 28th wedding anniversary yesterday—considering Marino spent at least part of the day crafting a statement to the New York Post admitting that he had a love child in 2005. The former Miami Dolphin and current CBS analyst got Donna Savattere, then a 35-year-old production assistant at the network, pregnant and paid her to keep the whole thing quiet, the Post reports. Savattere had daughter Chloe in June 2005, about two months before Marino was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Sources say Marino paid Savattere millions, enough for her to start living the good life in New York, becoming a society fixture in both the Upper West Side and the Hamptons. As for the relationship between Marino and Chloe, the Post just says they've been "in touch." A source adds, "They would have impromptu meetings, which was part of the deal." Says Marino, "I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then. ... 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 won't be able to weather this storm in private: He'll be part of CBS' Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday. (Read more Donna Savattere stories.)