By Chris Perkins, South Florida Sun Sentinel – Dan Marino, the Miami Dolphins’ Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL analyst for CBS Sports, fathered a 7-year-old girl with a former CBS colleague and paid her millions to keep it quiet, according to a story in Thursday’s New York Post.
Marino, who has been married to his wife, Claire, for more than 20 years, acknowledged the child in a statement to the newspaper.
“This is a personal and private matter,” the statement said. “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 Post said the mother of the child, Donna Savattere, was a 35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports in New York at the time of the affair and gave birth in June 2005.
The story, which cited anonymous sources, said Marino, 51, paid Savattere “millions” for child care. The story also said Savattere agreed to move to Texas as part of the deal.
Marino has six children with Claire, four biological and two adopted.
Marino said in his statement to The Post that his marriage remains intact.
“My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” the statement said. “And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Marino, of course, is an iconic figure in the South Florida community. Recently, he became involved in the area’s bid to land Super Bowl L in three years, being named an honorary co-chair for the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, and last Saturday he hosted the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism at Sun Life Stadium.
Marino is scheduled to work the pre-game show for the Super Bowl on Sunday on CBS.