Dan Marino has admitted to having a love child with CBS Sports production assistant, Donna Savattere in 2004.
Dan Marino was still married to his wife Claire, when he had an affair with Donna who was 35-years-old at the time. She gave birth to Dan Marino’s love child in June 2005. That would be Dan’s 7th child. He has 6, four sons and two adopted daughters, with his current wife Claire, to whom he’s been married for the past 28 years.
The love child, named Chloe was born about two months before Dan Marino’s Hall of Fame induction.
The love child with the CBS employee, was kept very quiet. A source told NY Post in an exclusive interview, “He paid her millions to keep quiet. They had an affair, and she had a baby. Everything was on the down-low and secretive.”
Sources say after Marino agreed to pay Savattere millions to care for Chloe, she moved to Texas as part of the deal. While it’s not exactly clear on how much Marino paid, it’s said that Savattere is apparently living large.
The source told NY Post that Marino has been in touch with his now-7-year-old love child, Chloe. “They would have impromptu meetings, which was part of the deal,” a source said. “Donna was always saying she had to go meet with her lawyers to go over the scheduling and other issues.”
Dan Marino released a statement to the NY Post saying, “This is a personal and private matter. 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.”
He continues, “My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together. And we continue to be a strong and loving family.”
Dan Marino has been a member of CBS’ The NFL Today pregame show since 2003. He will still be part of the CBS Super Bowl telecast Sunday, which starts at 2 p.m. ET ahead of the game’s 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
Dan Marino’s love child’s mother, Donna Savattere married Nahill Younis, whom she met in the Bahamas in 2009.
Dan Marino’s CBS Hall of Fame Tribute
CBS showed a recap of Dan Marino’s Hall of Fame Weekend in 2005.