I’m really wondering if it’s ever possible for any man to keep it in his pants. For every one of these Arnold-Dan Marino-Tiger Woods stories we hear, there are ten more that are being kept quiet. Dan Marino paid his baby momma off but the story still got out.
Men…you can’t live with them. You can’t bury the in the back yard.
The married gridiron great — a pregame analyst for CBS since 2003 who will be doing this Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast — sired a love child with a networkunderling and then paid her millions to keep quiet, sources have exclusively told The Post.
The ex-Miami Dolphin QB — who has long had an image as one of pro sports’ most squeaky-clean guys — knocked up Donna Savattere, a then-35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports’ Manhattan studio.
She gave birth to their daughter, Chloe, in June 2005.
“They had an affair, and she had a baby,” said a source. “Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
News of the affair and child comes as Dan Marino is set to work Sunday’s big “Super Bowl Today” telecast.
He and other former NFL greats, such as Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe, will jaw about the big game for hours before the 6:30 p.m. kickoff between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The revelation could make for some awkward moments during the long broadcast, which starts at 2 p.m.
CBS said in a statement today, “Dan has said all there is to say on this matter, and will be in his usual role on our broadcast Super Bowl Sunday.”
Marino yesterday admitted to his dalliance.
“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” he told The Post in a written statement. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
At the time of the affair and Chloe’s birth, Marino was married to his wife of 20 years, Claire, with whom he had six kids, including four sons and two adopted daughters.
The birth of baby Chloe came about two months before Marino’s Hall of Fame induction — at which his son Daniel made what danmarino.com called “a moving tribute to his father.”
Marino insisted that his marriage is still intact, despite the affair. “My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” he wrote yesterday — which happened to be his 28th wedding anniversary. And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Marino agreed to pay Savattere millions to care for Chloe, sources say, and she moved to Texas as part of the deal.