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Dan Marino Secret Love Child

Dan Marino Secret Love Child

Dan Marino paid millions in hush money to cover up a 2004 affair and the child it produced

By Jeff G

Now this is how you kick off a Thursday morning, with a bombshell of a story involving an all-time NFL great, the love child he sired with a network underling, and the hush money he paid to keep things quiet, at least for the next 12 years or so.

The New York Post broke the news that former Dolphins QB Dan Marino had an affair with CBS production assistant Donna Savattere in 2004, shortly after Marino was hired by the network as an analyst for their Sunday pregame show, The NFL Today. The Hall of Famer knocked up the 35-year-old Savattere, and in 2005 little Chloe was born, putting the number of kids Marino has at seven (he and his wife Claire have six kids).

To keep everything as quiet as could be, Marino paid Savattere millions of dollars in hush money. But as is usually the case, these types of things can’t be kept a secret forever. To his credit, Marino owned up to everything, releasing a written statement to The Post…

“This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” he told The Post in a written statement yesterday (which happened to be his 28th wedding anniversary…) “We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved.” “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.”

For a guy who comes off as one of sports’ great family men, this truly is a shocker. The report also says that he has been in contact with 7-year-old Chloe, as part of the original agreement between old No.13 and Savattere. Marino is in New Orleans preparing for Super Bowl XLVII with Boomer Esiason, James Brown, Bill Cowher, and the rest of the CBS crew. I doubt this will come up at any time during CBS’ broadcast of the big game, but if it does, my money’s on Shannon Sharpe and his big trap.


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If it isn’t the most important question in college basketball, it’s at least the most interesting one to answer.

What makes Ole Miss shooting guard Marshall Henderson—media-appointed mouthpiece of the Southeastern Conference, bane of every opposing fanbase he’s ever encountered and one-time target of the Secret Service—the single most polarizing player in the country?

Glad you asked.

The Basics

Name: Marshall “White Chocolate” Henderson

Dimensions: 6’2″, 175 lbs.

Season Stats: 19.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 30.3 mpg, 58.2 percent true shooting percentage

Season Stat That Will Blow Your Mind: 10.9 three-point attempts per game (34.9 percent success rate)

Birth of the Legend

After scoring 2,829 points during a prolific and controversy-tinged career at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, Henderson committed to the University of Utah.

During his freshman season with the Utes (2009-10), Henderson averaged 11.8 points and attempted a modest (sarcasm font) 6.5 three-pointers per game.

He also reportedly punched a BYU player in the face…

Stigmatized by the incident and somewhat at odds with coach Jim Boylen, Henderson transferred to Texas Tech at season’s end. Before he could suit up for the Red Raiders, Henderson was contacted by the Secret Service in connection with a crime he’d committed in high school.

From The Clarion-Ledger (h/t The Big Lead):

According to a statement he gave to the Secret Service, in 2009 as a high school senior, Henderson used $800 of counterfeit money given to him by a friend to buy 59 grams of marijuana in two separate transactions.

Henderson got probation, but later violated the terms of his arrangement and served a 25-day stint in prison.

Henderson then transferred to South Plains College, where he averaged 19.6 points per game and led the Texans to the 2012 JUCO national championship. He also attempted 312 three-pointers.

Henderson transferred to Ole Miss at the beginning of this season. He has now attempted 218 three-pointers as a member of the Rebels.

Marshall Henderson loves to shoot.

Why Are We Talking About Him?

Ostensibly because he’s a remorseless gunner with an abiding love of trash talk and the rictus-grin precocity of a mischievous child.

Ostensibly because he’s already the most exciting, irritating, addictively watchable player in the SEC just seven games into his conference career.

Ostensibly because he lives in that precious cultural corridor between what we love to hate and hate to love.

Marshall Henderson loves to talk.

Marshall Henderson Quotes

From the Lexington Herald-Ledger, “Every team has a little white guy who can shoot threes. I’m trying to make a difference.”

On the first crowd that he pissed off (via The Oxford Eagle), “I’m pretty sure it started in seventh grade, whenever I started playing junior high basketball.”

On one of his most memorable shots (via The Oxford Eagle):

I had one in junior college last year. It was probably close to the same time as now. I hit a buzzer beater and that one was actually for the win. We got into a little mini brawl afterwards. It was fun. We threw a lot of chairs in the hallway when we got in the hall. That was great.

On being contacted by the Secret Service (via The Clarion-Ledger):

They came to Utah and were like, ‘Blah and blah and we got this and surveillance camera,’ and I threw up. That was my first thing, because I thout I was doe for. It was scary as hell

Marshall Henderson loves attention.

What The Media Is Saying About Marshall Henderson

From Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated:

I realize Henderson is an emotional player, and he’s having a heck of a season for the resurgent Rebels. But that does not excuse him for running over to the Auburn student section to taunt the fans after he sank the game-winning free throws in Saturday’s 63-61 victory. It’s not like Henderson had a stellar game, either. He needed 13 shots to score 15 points, and as a team the Rebs shot just 4 for 17 from the foul line. I have no doubt that Henderson has many more winning moments in his future. Here’s hoping that when they arrive, he chooses to act like a winner.

By Staff, Varsity Sports Network

No. 3 John Carroll lost for the second consecutive time, Wednesday night, as the Patriots traveled to Towson and dropped a 50-43 MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League battle to Calvert Hall.

Calvert Hall (13-11, 8-5 MIAA, 5-6 BCL) fell behind by seven points at the end of the 1st quarter, but moved to within 4 points at the half and took control of the contest by outscoring the Patriots 17-6 in the third quarter.

Drew Edwards led the Cardinals with 22 points and four rebounds.Reggie Rouse and Marlon Hynson combined for nine points and were the leaders of an outstanding defensive effort against John Carroll star Rodney Elliott who finished with 13 points. Kimbal McKenzie, who scored 20 points in their first meeting on Jan 7th, was held scoreless in the game.

In addition, Sean Mayberry scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds, while Evan Phoenix had five points, four rebounds and three blocks.

John Carroll fell to 21-8 overall. The Patriots are 9-5 in the A Conference and 8-4 in the BCL

Ray Lewis- Game Time

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Lincoln University’s athletics program is among 24 others in the NCAA’s Division II recognized at its national conference in January for its first Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence which highlights institutions who graduate the highest percentage of its student athletes.
The award, which was published in the 2012 NCAA Division II Yearbook, honors athletics programs with a four-year Academic Success Rates (ASR) of 90 percent or better within six years of original enrollment.   Lincoln had a 93 percent academic success rate while Saint Michael’s College in Vermont top the list at 99 percent.
“There are 312 NCAA Division II institutions and to be in the top 24 speaks to our commitment to a “student first” philosophy for athletes at Lincoln University,” said Dianthia Ford-Kee, Director of Athletics at the University.  “A 93 percent academic success rate informs parents and prospective student athletes that Lincoln University seeks to be first beyond the playing surface.”
While not intended as a ranking, the Division II ASR measures graduation rates for virtually all Division II student athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletic-related financial aid, according to an NCAA report.
Sherese Parker, the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services and Student Affairs, is responsible for assisting our students-athletes with focused strategies for academic success, including academic advising, review of academic progress, time management plans, referral to appropriate academic services (Peer Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Disability Services, etc), and supervised study table.
“Our students and staff understand the importance of successfully matriculating and the benefits of graduation from college,” Parker said.  “The students work hard and we have been working with offices on campus to enhance the academic support collaborations we provide.”

NCAA Athletes Can Pursue TV Money

By Tom Farrey | ESPN.COM

Judge Claudia Wilken rejected the NCAA’s motion that players in the antitrust suit should be precluded from advancing their lawsuit to claim a share of all television game revenues. 

In dismissing a motion by the NCAA to prevent football and men’s basketball players from legally pursuing a cut of live broadcast revenues, a federal court judge Tuesday raised the stakes for the governing body of college sports as it defends its economic model.

 Judge Claudia Wilken issued her ruling Tuesday, rejecting the NCAA’s motion that players in the antitrust suit led by former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon should be precluded from advancing their lawsuit on procedural grounds.



Now the (NCAA and its co-defendants) are facing potential liability in the billions of dollars instead of tens or hundreds of millions. It’s a more accurate context for what the players deserve.

— Michael Hausfeld, interim lead counsel for plaintiffs


The NCAA had objected to the players amending their lawsuit last year to claim a share of all television game revenues, not just those from rebroadcasts.

 “Now the (NCAA and its co-defendants) are facing potential liability in the billions of dollars instead of tens or hundreds of millions,” said Michael Hausfeld, interim lead counsel for the plaintiffs. “It’s a more accurate context for what the players deserve.”


Unlike NFL or NBA athletes, players lack a union or similar body to negotiate a share of revenues flowing from media and other licensing contracts. The NCAA does not legally treat athletes as employees, and players have not organized to represent their interests collectively.


The O’Bannon suit attacks that model through the means of class-action, the legal questionnow before Wilken. Former college stars such as Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson have joined O’Bannon on behalf of all Division I players in football and men’s basketball, asking Wilken to declare that they are similarly situated and to certify the class.


Wilken on Tuesday set the hearing on that motion for June 20 and ordered the NCAA to make its arguments against class certification on the merits rather than procedural objections such as the one she just rejected. The NCAA was joined in that motion by its partner, Collegiate Licensing Company.


In a statement, NCAA general counsel Donald Remy characterized the ruling as a partial victory for the NCAA.


“Although our motion to strike was denied, the judge has signaled skepticism on plaintiff’s class-certification motion and recognized the plaintiffs’ radical change in their theory of the case,” Remy said. “This is a step in the right direction toward allowing the NCAA to further demonstrate why this case is wrong on the law and that plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that this case satisfies the criteria for class litigation.”


The ruling was met with enthusiasm by Hausfeld, who leads a team that includes more than a dozen law firms that have invested more than $20 million in legal fees pursuing the lawsuit since 2009. The prospect of an award that recognizes live broadcast revenues helps support their efforts.


In the event that the plaintiffs prevail, Hausfeld has set up a mechanism for players to collect licensing revenues. The Former College Athletes Association (FCAA) would negotiate licenses with the NCAA, member colleges, video game and media companies, according to Jon King, a former Hausfeld LLC lawyer who worked on the case.

King disclosed the existence of the FCAA in a wrongful termination suit he filed against Hausfeld earlier this month. He was fired by Hausfeld for undisclosed reasons in October, after serving as one of the lead lawyers in developing the case for the plaintiffs.

Details about the FCAA are scant, but Hausfeld said it would not serve as a revenue stream for his firm. Overseeing formation of the FCAA are Sonny Vaccaro, an unpaid consultant who has worked with Hausfeld to build the anti-trust case; Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association; and Ken Feinberg, a prominent Washington D.C. attorney who helped distribute nearly $7 billion to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has run other major victim compensation efforts.

Wilken has set a jury trial on the matter, if it gets that far, for June 2014.



Brothers Jim and John will square off for the second time, but this time it’s for the Lombardi Trophy.  Who’s the better coach?

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Our first reaction was laughter, though that hardly seems fitting. Hypocrisy is rarely funny.

After two years full of questions but absolutely no answers, the NCAA just dropped the figurative hammer on itself. Let’s review the facts, or lack thereof:

Nevin Shapiro, a perpetual liar and swindler with an inferiority complex that he took out on the Hurricanes, is in prison for a Ponzi scheme totaling nearly $1 billion. Shapiro poured his heart out to a Yahoo! Sports reporter who ran with his wild story of illicit gifts, yacht trips and strippers for UM athletes from 2002 to 2010.

The NCAA launched an investigation into this alleged rampant misconduct, benefited from full disclosure and cooperation on the university’s part, but still failed to produce results.

Our athletic department has remained poised, compliant and persistent in its own right, even shutting the football team out of two bowl bans to lighten any forthcoming sanctions.

“I am frustrated, disappointed and concerned by President Mark Emmert’s announcement today that the integrity of the investigation may have been compromised by the NCAA staff,” President Donna E. Shalala said in a statement. “… we will continue to work with the NCAA and now with their outside investigator hoping for a swift resolution of the investigation and our case.”

NCAA’s statement on Wednesday was shocking, and borderline humorous. Emmert called out former members of the association’s enforcement staff for improperly obtaining information to use against UM.

Give that a second to sink in. The integrity police have abandoned their own rules. The administrative body tasked to investigate wrongdoing at Miami could not follow its own guidelines.

Everyone is guilty of the occasional unethical misstep. But something feels especially unsavory about this new development in our long-running case with the NCAA.

People always wonder whether the NCAA has a particular vendetta against Miami. Since the brand first exploded during the Jimmy Johnson era, there has been outrage over perceived unethical conduct at the U.

In 2011, Sports Illustrated‘s Alexander Wolff wrote a follow-up to his infamous 1995 letter calling for Miami’s athletic program to be shut down. “Your football program has no regard for the rules and your administration has no ability to enforce them,” he said.

Two years and zero solutions later, it’s the NCAA that must look inward to investigate a blatant disregard for its protocol and its “ability to enforce” it.

Will the NCAA ban itself from bowl games? Reduce its scholarships to set the program back a few years? Or does this developing mess warrant the dreaded death penalty?

The Hurricanes’ future is still at stake. The longer this investigation drags on, the more of a hindrance it becomes. But even the NCAA can’t take away the legacy we’ve built, the pride we’ve established or our trust in this program.

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