Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino reportedly fathered a secret lovechild with Donna Savattere, a production assistant at CBS Sports, it emerged today.
Dan Marino, who cheated on Claire, his wife of 28 years, have daughter Chloe with Donna Savattere.
Chloe was born in June 2005, and is now being raised by Donna Savattere and her husband Nahil Younis.
The stunning revelation about Dan Marino, who has always been seen as a family man, was first reported by the New York Post.
Dan Marino, 51, admitted to the affair, saying in a statement: “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.”
Dan Marino and Donna Savattere apparently met as he was carrying out his role as a pregame analyst for CBS, where he has worked since 2003.
Donna Savattere was 35 at the time of their relationship.
After Chloe was born, Dan Marino allegedly paid his mistress millions of dollars to ensure her silence and take care of their daughter, according to the New York Post.
Donna Savattere has since married Nahill Younis and the couple have a son together. They wed at their home in the Hamptons in 2009.
A wedding announcement for the couple on a Hamptons Web site says: “Donna was already a mother when Nahil met her, and Donna’s daughter quickly became an important part of his life.”
Dan Marino is believed to be in touch with his now-7-year-old daughter.
Donna Savaterre was said to have revealed the secret to friends and showed them photographs of her and Dan Marino together at restaurants and clubs.
She is also said to have made attempts to change the name of her and Marino’s daughter from Chloe Alexis Savattere to Chloe Alexis Younis, according to records.
Dan Marino is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in American football league history, holding or having held almost every major NFL passing record.
Although he was never part of a Super Bowl-winning team, he is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in American football.
Dan Marino was best known for his quick release and powerful arm and leading the Dolphins to the playoffs ten times in his seventeen-season career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
He starred as himself in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.