Former Miami Dolphins and Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino always had a fairly squeaky clean image throughout his illustrious career. Married with children, Marino always represented what was right about sports.
Turns out, that all changed with retirement.
After Marino retired from the Dolphins and the NFL back in 1999, he took a few years off to enjoy spending time with his family. In 2003, Marino joined CBS Sports as a pregame analyst for The NFL Today. After he was through breaking countless NFL passing records, Marino decided to make one more pass.
It would be one that cost him millions, all while damaging his once clean image and reputation.
In 2005, Marino sired a love child with Donna Savaterre, a then 35-year-old production assistant with CBS Sports in Manhattan.
“They had an affair, and she had a baby,” said a source, according to the New York Post. “Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
That secret is now out, as news of the affair broke with Marino gearing up to handle the pre-game duties for CBS leading up to Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, which will also air on CBS. Marino admitted to what can be called a regrettable indiscretion, on what happened to be the day of his 28th wedding anniversary to his wife, Claire.
“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.”
Marino and his wife have six children which include four sons and two adopted daughters. His seventh child, daughter Chloe, was born outside of his marriage just two months prior to Marino’s Hall of Fame induction.
Following the news of Marino’s cheating and love child, the former quarterback said that “we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Sadly, this just goes to show you why we should not look to professional athletes or celebrities of any kind as anything more than what they truly are, which is nothing more than regular people who are blessed with a talent. They are not heroes. They are not role models. They are not anything more than average people with as many infallible qualities that every average person possesses.