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Report: Marino fathered child with a CBS employee in 2005

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NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino fathered a child with a CBS employee nearly eight years ago, and paid millions to keep it a secret, according to a New York Times report.

Marino, who now works as a CBS analyst, had an affair with former CBS Sports production assistant Donna Savattere, and a daughter, Chloe, was born in June 2005.

"This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then," Marino said in a statement. "We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved."

Marino and his wife Claire, have been married for 28 years, and have four sons and two adopted daughters.

"My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together," Marino said. "And we continue to be a strong and loving family."

When Chloe was born, the New York Post reported that Marino paid for Savattere to move to Texas to keep their relationship and child quiet. Savattere has since married and had another child, a son, the paper said.

Marino has been part of CBS' The NFL Today pregame show since 2003.
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