Dan Marino Had Love Child in 2005
Got Donna Savattere pregnant, paid her to keep quiet
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 6:55 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino talks to reporters during a news conference in Davie, Fla., in this Oct. 7, 2005 file photo.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – 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.

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Feb 1, 2013 6:21 AM CST
Famous pro athletes cheat, that's what they do, as do most men with glamorous occupations. Practically the only exceptions are holy rollers, and not even many of those. If you don't want a husband that cheats then don't marry a pro athlete.
Jan 31, 2013 6:59 PM CST
There is not enough money in world that will keep a woman from running her mouth. All you have to do is piss her off one time then she will run to her friends and gush like a broken faucet.
Jan 31, 2013 3:36 PM CST
He's still married!!