Dan Marino, former Miami Dolphis quarterback and Hall of Famer, has long been seen as a clean-cut man with impeccable integrity. However, that image took a hit yesterday when Marino admitted to the New York Post that he had a affair in 2005, and that he and his mistress had a baby.
According to the Post's report, Marino and then 35-year old Donna Savattere, had a baby girl, Chloe, in June 2005. Marino is said to have financially supported Savattere and Chloe after the affair, and everything was kept quiet over the past seven years.
“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” Marino told The Post in a written statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
Chloe was born about two months before Marino was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marino had been married for 20 years at the time, and have six children together, four boys and two adopted girls. Marino's son, Michael, was diagnnosed with autism in 1992, leading to the founding of the Dan Marino Foundation. The foudation hosted the third annual WalkAbout Autism this past weeked at Sun Life Stadium.
Yesterday, which was Marino's 28th anniversary, wrote to the Post, “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, reportedly, has visited with Chloe over the past seven years. Savattere initially moved to Texas, as part of the agreement with Marino, but eventually returned to New York, living on the Upper West Side in the city, as well as speding time in the Hamptons, becoming a part of the social scene in the affluent area. She has since married Nahill Younis, whom she met in the Bahamas in 2009. The two have a child together.
Marino will be a major portion of CBS's four-and-a-half hours of pre-Super Bowl coverage this Sunday. The game is set to kick off at 6:30pm Eastern time.