MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino reportedly had an affair and fathered a ‘love child’.
Marino, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and CBS analyst, fathered a daughter Chloe with Donna Savattere in 2005, according to the New York Post. At the time of the affair, Savattere, 35, was working as a production assistant at CBS Sports. Marino has worked as a pregame analyst for CBS since 2003. A South Florida resident, he’s currently in New Orleans for the Super Bowl this Sunday.
According to the New York Post, Marino confirmed the affair and issued a statement to them which read in part, “This is a personal and private matter. 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.”
In the statement, according to the New York Post, Marino went on to say his marriage to his wife of almost 30 years remains strong. Marino and his wife Claire have six children; four sons and two adopted daughters.
Over the years Marino has reportedly paid Savattere millions to take care of Chloe, according to the paper. Savaterre moved to Texas as part of the deal, according to the New York Post, before moving back to New York.
Marino has reportedly kept in touch with his now seven-year old daughter and has had impromptu meetings with her, according New York Post sources.
Savaterre, who was divorced at the time of the affair, has since remarried. She met Nahill Younis in 2009 in the Bahamas, according to the paper. The Post report she’s petitioned the court to change the name of her and Marino’s daughter from Chloe Alexis Savattere to Chloe Alexis Younis.