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Another hero's reputation bites the dust

This has been quite the sour year for those involved in hero worship -- and we're not quite free of January yet.

We recently found out Lance Armstrong cheated. A lot. We found out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o had a mythical girlfriend and, at the very least, lied about her even after he knew she was fictional. This week, media outlets, themselves not exactly pristine in their reputation, reported Ray Lewis cheated recently by using preformance enhancing drugs derived from deer antlers to help him recover from his triceps injury. (Lewis has denied the allegation). Then there was the link between Alex Rodriguez and a PED lab.

And now a Dan Marino affair and love child comes to light.

You read right.

Marino, the Dolphins legend, former NFL Man of the Year, and someone whose career enjoyed a squeeky clean image, apparently had an affair and fathered a child with a former CBS production assistant in 2005, according to this report in today's New York Post.

Marino has been working on the CBS Sunday afternoon pregame show since 2003 and is scheduled to be on that show this Sunday prior to Super Bowl 47.

The report is more than just an allegation.

Marino, married 28 years to Claire, released a statement to the newspaper admitting to the affair.

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

The paper reports Marino paid Donna Savattere "millions" to keep the affair private. She has since married someone else.

Marino has six children, including two adopted girls, with Claire. They are apparently still together. I saw them Sunday at the Dan Marino Foundation event at Sun Life Stadium.

There are ironies here: Chloe was born only a couple of months before Marino was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This story was confirmed by the Post on Wednesday, the day Marino and his wife celebrated their 28th anniversary.

It is unclear if Marino's bosses at CBS are aware he was having a relationship with Savattere. The network does have at several levels guidelines forbidding co-workers from becoming involved, according to a network source.

It is also unclear whether Marino's reputation will suffer once news of this affair spreads.

Tiger Woods, for example, lost sponsorships, his marriage and his sporting career was derailed when allegations of his habitual cheating became public. It is not known if Marino's dalliance is limited to one woman.

Things Marino did well is not deny what is apparently true. He also moved to take care of the kid financially. I assume he also made this known to Claire because one does not simply extract "millions" from the bank without the wife knowing.

The moral of this?

People are flawed. We make mistakes. We fall. All of us.

Hero worship is a bad idea.

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Phins 78....

If Marino slept with this chick with NO RUBBER...that's gutsy....and that's not a 1st timer's move.....you have to be cheating a WHOLE bunch to get those type of NUTS....no pun intended.....

This blog is turning into the National Enquirer. I don't care if Dan has a baby with another mother. I don't care if Lewis does drugs. (he obviously does something) I knew that Armstrong cheated when he won after he beat cancer. I didn't care.
These guys went all out to win. Like Lyle Alzado who died from steroid use (his statement not mine) these guys gave it their all. If we are fools enough to believe that people don't cheat a bit to get an edge they have obviously never played monopoly with their big brother the banker.
Hero worshippers are just dumb.

YF, WHAT DOS "OBVERING" UP MEAN?

YOUR DRUNK,PLEASE LEAVE THE BLOG.

(BUFFET OF LNGAUGE)

You guys say what you want about YG.....but he "gets it" @ 5:37...and all blog long...for the most part.....

don't just be fed a story...ASK QUESTIONS....

my Motto:

QUESTION EVERYTHING

Kris I'm sure if this news came out when he was playing football it would be bigger. He's a mediocre analyst on Sundays now, I don't think many people care. Not too mention all of the money and time he has pumped into his charities and hospitals that he had built.

If he wasn't doing these things in the community, if he was still playing football, etc. then it would be a big deal. But like you said, he's a star from almost two decades ago.

the reporting of this type of news is consistent with the current media cycle. find something negative about a venerated person, use it to diminish them or tear them down, and then give them the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves publicly. after they have paid their penance to the satisfaction of the media, we can resume with venerating them. or better yet, create a controversy by asking someone who has no business commenting publicly on an issue, react with indignation when their response doesn't conform with that of a respected sociologist at harvard, and then demand a public apology. i wonder how most reporters would hold up under such a careful examination of their lives?

Oh please...who cares. Kids with multiple women is nothing new in pro sports. None of these athletes are squeeky clean (no matter how they might appear).

I'm really not sure what "another stars reputation bites the dust " means. How great of a reputation does a coke head have to begin with?

EXAMPLE:

Everyone here knows of Armando's "great bias" towards Ricky Williams. Williams failed drug test, but never ran afoul of the law. So why was Armando's bias towards Ricky so great?

Yet, Armando post this about Marino:

"The moral of this?

People are flawed. We make mistakes. We fall. All of us.

Hero worship is a bad idea".


Where was this post concerning Ricky? Or anyone else Armando had "great bias" towards? Why doesnt Armando's above comments serve towards all as being the same members of "humanity".

You cant just start making this stuff up only when it happens to be someone youre "partial towards". Where's the "real humanity" in that?

PHINS 78....

GOOD POINT @ 5:43.....

YG,,, this is getting exhausting.

I'm not interested bud. I've been telling you for days now.

I read "Phony78", realized you started your post by immediately insulting me, and then skipped right by without reading another word.

I mean be my guest, waste as much time writing to me as you would like. I just keep telling you A. I have no interest in what you're trying to get out of me, and B. I don't read a word you say after your first insult. Not really sure why you persist but hell what do I care, you must be having fun so cool.

Just as long as you know I literally do not read the words your writing to me so I'm not sure what you're getting out of it.

Posted by: Kris | January 31, 2013 at 05:40 PM

lol

PHIN78, GREG AND THE REST OF THE((LOVE BOY)) GANG,HOW SOON TILL YOU START CALLING PEOPLES NAMES??//


TO BE

OR NOT
TO BE.


Kris I'm sure if this news came out when he was playing football it would be bigger. He's a mediocre analyst on Sundays now, I don't think many people care. Not too mention all of the money and time he has pumped into his charities and hospitals that he had built.

If he wasn't doing these things in the community, if he was still playing football, etc. then it would be a big deal. But like you said, he's a star from almost two decades ago.

Posted by: Phins78 | January 31, 2013 at 05:43 PM

NOW THIS STORY HAS CAME OUT ABOUT MARINO, WHO CAN SAFELY 100% SAY THAT MARINO DID NOT DO SOME OF THINGS AS "GET LAID" FAVORS?

WHO'S TO SAY REALLY HOW DEEPLY THIS WELL RUNS? LOL...

What's that Kris? Someone starts out a post by calling me a name and you respond, 'this guy gets it'? Really?

I don't care what the content was, didn't read it because of the insult. But for you to ignore that and back his opinion because it happens to jive with yours?

Wow. Okay then.

WHO'S TO SAY MARINO ISNT JUST YOUR EVERY DAY RUN OF THE MILL SEXUAL DEVIANT PERVERT? LOL....

marino is the man, always will be

Posted by: austin | January 31, 2013 at 05:43 PM

Absolutely best post of the day imo. Great job.

PHONY78,

HMMM.... GUES YOU THINK THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO TONGUE LASH ANYONE(KRIS) BECAUSE HE'S DOING SOMETHING YOU DONT APPROVE OF.

YOURE THE SAME AS RETARDOMONGUL @ MARCIA IN TORONTO.

GET OVER YOURSELF, YOU DONT CONTROL ANYONE'S THINKING PROCCESS HERE IDIOT. LOL...

who cares if marino had sex with some chick. sure hes done it a million times since he started in the nfl.

ALoco go ahead and find ONE TIME in the 8 years I have been posting at the Herald that I called someone a name without being provoked, poked, and attacked first.

I'll be here for a long time so ,,,,take your time. Go back in the archives and point it out to everyone.

When you find I have never done that come back and (like you say) apologize to me for lying to the blog. Actually apologize to everyone.

Basically what I have gotten from this blog today is this.....

Athletes are athelets....and NOBODY should be shocked, surprised, dismayed....or even REMOTELY interested when the EFF UP.....

So why the SHOCK when Brandom Marshall said he had JERKS disease...I mean BPD....mental disorders are nothing to laugh @....

why were you guys up in arms about Chad Johnson...DOMESTIC ABUSE happens ALL the time..."nothing to see here"....

Everybody was pi$$ed @ Koa Misi.....for showing rage when called a racial slur....is he the FIRST FOOTBALL player to ever try to jick a man's @ss that he felt disrespected him....

The list goes on....and the past blogs are the proof....when ffotball players get caught with there proverbial pants down....you guys react in droves....

But when Marino LITERALLY gets caught with his pants down...."nothing to see here folks...keep it moving"....

I SEE YHAT PHIN78 DOES NOT AGREE WITH KRIS A MEMBER OF THE ((LOVE BOY)) GANG,SOON HE"LL BE CALING HIM FLITY NAMES.

PHIN78DONT YOU HAVE ANY HONOR?
HAVE YOU NO SHAME OR ARE YOU LIKE THE CORNBEEF COACH AND THE GARAGE MACGANIC?

(BUFFET OF ACORNS)

phins one time u called me a "marino lover" and also a "fish out of water"

ALoco, accusing me of something.

ALoco are you saying it is everyone's right to attack posters but the victims of the attacks have no right to defend themselves in any manner they see fit?

You have no shame ALoco, no shame. You owe me an apology. Stop being a brown donkey. Ask the garage manager, to be or not to be. He will tell you the answer. You owe me an apology ALoco! lol

Phins 78 = VILLAGE IDIOT

Phins 78....

I was taling strictly about the content of the post.....

I'm as straight up as you are...as we have gone head-to-head on many an occasion....

I am trying VERY hard to keep my hands clean from this.....

PHONY78,

ALoco go ahead and find ONE TIME in the 8 years I have been posting at the Herald that I called someone a name without being provoked, poked, and attacked first.

Posted by: Phins78 | January 31, 2013 at 06:00 PM

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I GUES FALSELY ACCUSING ME OF BEING "ALOCO" "NUMEROUS TIMES" WHILE TRYING TO JOKE IT OFF AS "KIDDING". NOONE KIDS THATY MANY TIMES. LOL....

kris u still hate thill?

I'm guessing Marino's daughter chokes too!

Never hated him Dusty....i'm just critical.....

Do you not understand english? rofl

I (AS IN ME, PHINS 78), do not read your posts to me.

That means I don't look at any words after your initial insult. Actually most of the time I scroll down and look at the names of the people writing the posts before I even read through it. There are maybe 5 to 8 people worth talking to in here. To me, you are not one of those people.

But keep writing to me, I don't mind wasting your time. :D

Posted by: dusty bottoms | January 31, 2013 at 06:02 P

LOL! Well Dusty, I am truly sorry for the horrible insults.

(PS, I know you're joking ;)

Aloco is just mad cause he's never had a "Love Child" Or any child as far as that is..(Nothing wrong with that though)

PHONY78,

YOU JUST ATTACK OTHER POSTERS AND TRY AND BRUSH IT OFF THAT "YOU WERE KIDDING". THEN YOU DONT UNDERSTAND WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY RETALLIATE. LOL...

Phins 78 = VILLAGE IDIOT,


Nobody cares what you read or do.

Henne > Tannehill

Kris,

I've been consistent, I didn't care about ANY of that stuff. But I'll take the bait. I don't care because I don't WANT to accept a negative story about the greatest LEGEND in this franchise's history (in my lifetime). Remember those 17-18 guys in between Marino and Tannehill? Yeah, me neither. THAT'S the point! Heck, only reason we remember Tannehill is because he's the latest. But EVEN without winning a SB, EVERYONE remembers Marino. So Mando wants to call it hero worship, then you're FUKKING right!

No SB APPEARANCES since he's been gone. Hardly a Playoff win. Hell, hardly a WINNING SEASON!!! And you want me to turn my back on that guy? There's 53 other players between the Nineties and today that I'd rather turn my back on than Dan Marino. Put them ALL TOGETHER, in 1 football player, and they STILL couldn't hold Marino's jock.

So yeah, I'll rant and rave about the next guy, but let no one question where my loyalties lie. If Mrs. Sandusky can sit there and defend her pedophile husband, then damned skippy I'm gonna defend Dan Marino. I'm not here because I just love football. I'm not here because it's entertaining talking smack with you guys. In case anyone was wondering, I'm here because I'm a MIAMI MOTHERFUKKIN' DOLPHINS FAN!! THROUGH AND THROUGH! And if Dan Marino wants to nibble on some pootie tang, than I say GOD BLESS HIM!!!

How's that for being direct?

Posted by: Kris | January 31, 2013 at 06:01 PM

Kris good post and I agree to a certain extent. I just hope you're not including me in that. If you know my posts you know I am always the guy saying, "nothing to see here" when it comes to players personal lives. I didn't even care about Mike Vick. It sucked but I had nothing to say about it besides lets see how it plays out.

So today was just another in a long line of "nothing to see here's" when it comes to players lives. Now if someone rapes or murders someone that's a different story. Mistakes that everyone makes, nothing to see here. (for me!)

Chris you are right in that Marino probably cheated with a bunch of other women. These women that marry these rich and famous athletes know what they are getting themselves into. It is hard enough for every day Joes to stay faithful, can you imagine what it is like to be Marino. Women (including gold diggers)are probably all over him, especially in his younger days.

BTW- I bet more than half of the atletes in the NBA, MLB, and NFL are cheating on their wives. You don't think these guys are seeing different girls on road trips. They are at least meeting escorts and strippers, most are just not getting caught. If they commit a crime (DUI, steal, do drugs), then it is a story. As far as I am concerned this is girl gossip stuff. I love football but I don't worship any of these guys off the field because I don't know them.

I still feel bad for Claire and the Marino family. Too bad this stuff came out as this is their business and I am sure it opens up old scars. None of us should feel affected by this. In the end Marino is still a HOF QB that broke tons of records and his romantic life is his business.

Oh God. You just don't get it. Okay so now I'm not even going to respond to seeing the words PHONY78. You're really f^%&ing weird bro.

Crossfit time.....

maybe we can pick this up later......

Orlando....GREAT POST...and I can't find any point you made that I don;t agree with....

Phins 78...thanks...and later....

YG/FLIPPER/DB/G4E/ A THOUSAND OTHERS,YOU POST HERE FOR 20 HOURS A DAY, WHY WONT YOU LOOK FOR A JOB?
MAYBE IF YOU DONT DRUNK IN THE MORNING YOU COULD FIND EPLOYMENT.
YG, DO YOU STILL LIVE IN A TRAILER WIH 42 CATS?


(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

That post should be pasted in Websters next to the definition of direct.

DC'S standing up for what he believes in, got to respect that!

The fact that there were people out there who thought he hadn't cheated is more shocking to me than the fact that he did it.

Go get it Kris! Good luck.

Tell em Aloco! I agree with you, these guys have no shame.

They're like our garage manager, they just want to work a little right? Just enough to get by! NO SHAME!

Lost a lot of respect for Dan on this one. If all the rumors of affairs during his career are true, he's no better than Tiger Woods.

Though I agree wholeheartedly with Mando that hero worship is bad, we need more athletes to be better examples...like Tebow.

Marino is arguably the biggest choke artist in sports history. He dissapeared in all the biggest games and could never rise to the occassion. I feel sorry for anyone who mistakenly held him in high regard and this exposes him for the inferior human that he really is.

Phins78,

You are absoutely right in saying that the the idiots are the ones that thought Marino had been faithfull for his 28 years of marriage.

As hot as Tannehill's wife is, there is a a good chance that he will be out there getting some when he is on the road (if he has not already done so). That is just the life of a young rich athlete that has it all.

The only athlete that will probably be faithful to his future wife is Tebow. After all, he still claims to be a virgin.

Jeff Ireland should not be allowed to keep his job just because he's been faithful to his wife.

I DON'T find ANYTHING criticizable in this story. Marino is a human. Period.

TO HELL WITH DOUBLE MORAL STANDARDS!!!

I have always been with Marino. I owe Marino some of my greatest memories as a child, he gave so much happiness to the world. He is human, humans have affairs. PERIOD.

Its no one's busy, PERIOD! Anything to sell a newspaper!

The only thing I think that is worth talking about with this story is that Marino was dumb enough to have unprotected sex while being married, especially knowing that he is a millionaire. That tells you the power that sex has over men. Marino was blinded by this chick to the point that he did not think of the financial ramifications this could have. Most guys just lose their families and pay child support. Dan ended up being a sucker and just made some chick and her kid rich.

Kris and YG,

Thanks for the words of encouragement. Starting to feel like the old me again (or is that the younger me).

Kris,

Right on with the 'question everything' mentality. Too many people just accepting of everything. Good get 'em at crossfit!! You're a better man than me.

Talk soon....

marino has hammered 1000's of chicks. he slipped up once, give him a break

THERE ARE NO EXCUSES FOR COMMITTING ADULTRY.

OK FINFANS


READY FOR THE POLL OF THE DAY?

WHO IS THE BIGGER JACKASS?

1) DAN MARINO

2) LANCE ARMSTRONG

3) JEFF IRELAND

I'm not sure how u compare this to Tiger Woods?

Jeff Ireland. He hasn't accomplished anything and gets a free pass. Duh!

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