A new report has hit the media that former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino admitted to cheating on his wife and, in the affair with a woman named Donna Savattere, fathered a love child.
Marino, 51, told the New York Post in a written statement that he has taken full responsibility for his seven-year-old daughter, Chloe. He allegedly paid the girl's mother to keep the affair and the child quiet.
“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 newspaper. “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.”
As the scandal evolves ahead of Marino’s gig as an analyst for CBS for the Super Bowl, here’s what you need to know.
1. Savattere worked with Marino at CBS
Prior to the affair, Savattere had met Marino in 2004 while she was a 35-year-old production assistant at CBS Sports. Marino had been – and still is – a CBS sports analyst for the pre-game since 2003. According to the source who leaked the story to the Post, Marino and Savattere “had an affair, and she had a baby. Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
But Savattere has not been hiding since the affair took place. She even “became a fixture on the social scene” getting “snapped by society photographers such as Patrick McMullan” and posing for various style blogs, like Fashionistable.
2. The love child was born around Marino’s Hall of Fame induction
Marino’s “love child” with Savattere was born just two months before Marino was inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame on Aug. 7, 2005. At that time, he thanked his entire family for their support over the years.
3. Both are married
While Savattere was not married at the time, Marino was – and still is – married to his wife of 30 years, Claire. As the tale of his affair looms, Marino insists his relationship with his wife is going strong. “My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together,” he told the Post, on the couple’s wedding anniversary. “And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Savattere has also since married Nahill Younis, who is listed on LinkedIn as working in “banking.” The couple met in 2009 in the Bahamas and have a child of their own together.
According to TheHamptonsWeddings.com, their romance was love at first sight.
“When Donna Savattere first spotted Nahil Younis across the room at a New Year’s Eve party in the Bahamas, she was instantly smitten by his tall good looks and sense of personal style. When she walked up to introduce herself and Nahill told her that he also lived in Manhattan, she demanded to see his driver’s license as proof. Nahill obliged, happy to prove to this forthright stranger that he was in fact, her New York City neighbor, and from that moment on, the two were inseparable. It was only a month after that serendipitous meeting in the Bahamas that Donna and Nahill decided to make a permanent commitment. But one proposal wasn’t enough for Nahill. After proposing a first time, he spent two months hunting down the perfect diamond and setting for the perfect ring for his perfect bride-to be. And during a sunny Saturday morning walk on the beach in the Hamptons, Nahill surprised Donna by proposing to her a second time, getting down on his knees and saying, ‘Marry me, Donna.’”
The couple lives together in the Hamptons with their son and Savettere’s daughter. Savattere is also petitioning to change her daughter Chloe’s last name to Younis.
4. Savattere was paid to keep quiet
After the affair, which took place in 2005, Marino reportedly paid Savattere millions to keep quiet as well as to help raise their daughter. While the exact amount was never disclosed, the source said Marino covered up the affair with money for Savattere and the child. Along with the money was a stipulation that Savattere move to Texas, though she has since returned to New York.
5. Savattere had been open about the love child the whole time
According to the New York Post, Savattere has never kept the affair a secret from her group. She was photographed with Marino at restaurants and various clubs.
6. Marino still sees his “love child”
Chloe, 7, still sees her biological father on occasion, a source told the newspaper.
7. Marino is still hosting the Super Bowl pregame show
Despite the controversy, Marino is still slated to host the Super Bowl pregame show with Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe. The broadcast will begin at 2 p.m. ET ahead of the 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff. It is unclear whether Marino will address the affair or his love child during the telecast.