Reports: Dan Marino acknowledges affair, love child

Published On: Jan 31 2013 10:51:04 AM EST
NEW YORK -

Dolphins great Dan Marino acknowledged having an affair with a former co-worker and fathering a love child, according to a report in The New York Post.

The Post broke the story early Thursday morning.

WPLG-TV reports Marino met production assistant, Donna Savattere, at CBS Sports' Manhattan studio in 2003. The former Miami Dolphin is affiliated with CBS as a pregame analyst.

In 2005, Savattere gave birth to their daughter, a girl named Chloe, according to the Post.

At the time, Marino and his wife, Claire, had been married for 20 years. They have six children. 

"This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then," Marino reportedly said in a written statement to The New York Post. "We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved. 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 reports that Marino paid Savattere millions of dollars for Chole's care.

Savattere has since remarried.

To read the New York Post's full report, click here.

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