The revelation shatters Marino's squeaky-clean image. Not only did the football great admit to an affair with Donna Savattere, who was a 35 year-old production assistant at the time Marino fathered her child, but he also admitted to paying her millions to keep quiet. "Everything was on the down-low and secretive," a source told the New York Post.
Marino has admitted to the dalliance, which produced daughter Chloe, and he released a statement yesterday. "This is a personal and private matter," he told the New York Post in a written statement. "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."
It remains unclear whether Savattere is still employed by CBS, or whether Marino's wife knew of the affair.