The NY Post is reporting that Marino, who recently celebrated his 28th wedding anniversary with his wife Claire, had a love child with a CBS production assistant in 2005.
Marino has admitted to the affair and paid Donna Savattere, the mother of his child, several million dollars.
Marino said the following, in a written statement:
Savattere is now married, and has another child with her husband.
Marino will carry on as planned, joining the CBS crew for Super Bowl coverage on Sunday.
Prior to this, Marino was viewed as having a rather clean image. It's no surprise that he arranged a settlement with Savattere to keep the situation under wraps.
Apparently, however, she told friends that Marino was the father of her child, and word got out.
The next thing you know, the NY Post is running stories about your affairs that happened 8 years ago, and 6 years after Marino's playing career was over.
This should serve as a lesson to athletes, both former and current, who make the decision to get married.
If you want to get married, make sure you're done with stuff like this. If you still want to sleep around with random production assistants and anyone else... just don't get married. This is why Tiger Woods was vilified and Derek Jeter's a hero. It's not cheating if you're not married.
Best comment of the day goes to Deadspin commenter Bevraj of Choice, who quite frankly sums it up better than I ever could, so I'll end it with this: