Squeaky-clean, larger-than-life Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino admitted to having fathered a child with a lover in New York City while helping his wife Claire raise their six kids in South Florida!
Marino, 51, who spent his entire NFL career quarterbacking the Dolphins and breaking league records, is now a CBS football analyst. He’s expected to hold a big role in their upcoming Super Bowl XLVII broadcast Sunday.
His gig at CBS, meanwhile, put him in touch with the woman who’d be his baby mama, according to today’s New York Post. The paper identified Marino’s on-the-side squeeze as Donna Savattere, a former production assistant at CBS Sports.
Savattere was 35 in 2005, when she gave birth to their daughter, Chloe just days before Marino’s induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Savattere has since married another man, who is also raising Chloe along with the couple’s own child.
While the paper reports that Marino paid Savattere millions to keep her quiet, Marino also fesses up to the dalliance and to fathering the child, who definitely looks like him (see below).
“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” Marino wrote in a statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
What about Claire, Marino’s popular wife?
““My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” Marino continued in his statement. “And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Marino, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, spent decades shaping his image of a doting family man involved in children’s charities.
The former QB was so conscious about his public persona that Gossip Extra once watched him make frequent trips to the bar at a Miami Heat game for glasses of wine that he wrapped in napkins to hide the booze.
Marino’s image, meanwhile, has always been gold for advertisers. Whether it was with Isotoner gloves in the late 1980s, or the Nutrisystem diet over the past couple of years, Marino made millions in endorsements.
The New York Post, however, claims Marino also spent serious cash on Savattere and the baby. Within months of her delivery, the lowly production assistant became a permanent fixture in New York society and summer galas in The Hamptons.