Report: Dan Marino fathered child with assistant, paid millions to keep it secret

01/31/2013 5:33 AM

01/31/2013 9:44 AM

Dan Marino, the former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback, fathered a child with a network underling and then paid her millions to keep quiet, the New York Post is reporting Thursday.

The report, by Page Six’s Ian Mohr, cites "exclusive’" sources to say that Marino had the child by Donna Savattere, a then-35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports’ Manhattan studio and that she gave birth to the girl in June 2005.

The Post says that Marino admitted to the dalliance in a written statement to the paper on Wednesday.

"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," The Post said Marino wrote in a statement.

When the affair took place, the report said, Marino was married to his wife Claire, which whom he had six children, including four sons and two adopted daughters.

The Post said that Marino insisted that his marriage was still intact, quoting him as writing, "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."

The Post said sources told them that Marino agreed to pay Savattere millions to care for Chloe, that she moved to Texas as part of the deal, and that it’s unclear how much Marino paid her.

See the New York Post photo of Savattere and her daughter here.

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