First, let’s start this by saying that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes come back to bite us in the rear. Such is the case for Dan Marino.
The legendary former quarterback of the Miami Dolphins was outed by a Page Six columnist for the New York Post for having a child with an assistant and then paying her millions to keep the child a secret. Marino has copped to the charges, apparently submitting a written statement admitting to the entire affair.
Now, as I said, we all make mistakes, and I am not here to judge, but in this particular case, Marino made more mistakes than Christina Aguilara at the Super Bowl.
The Hall Of Fame quarterback has been married for nearly 30 years and has six children within his household. He should have never given in to the wandering eye in the first place. Thirty years is an accomplishment to be proud of, especially in these times, and considering the amount money as Marino has made.
His next mistake was trying to pay the assistant off.
There are some things you cannot hide, no matter how much money you throw at it, and a baby is one of them. It never seems to work out for the high-profile person trying to keep the secret. The truth almost always comes to the light, except for when it doesn’t, but we have no idea how often that actually happens because no one is talking…maybe.
Anyhow, Marino should have manned up to this five years ago when his mistress, a production assistant for CBS Sports, first became pregnant. It would have been the right thing to do. Instead, Marino thought it was best to give the woman millions of dollars and make her move to Texas.
I love Dan Marino and what he has been for the NFL over the years, but there are some responsibilities you cannot duck away from and this is one of them. We can all imagine what it would have been like to go home and tell the wife and kids, or to face the media and the constant harassment from the press. I get all of that, but it seems like it would have been much better than to have it all come out in an article in the New York Post.
As I said from the start, we all make mistakes. I am not trying to judge the man, I am simply pointing out a couple of things he should have known from the start, but we were not there and we do not know all of the details. Marino claims that the silence was mutually agreed upon as best for all parties involved, but here we are five years later and that does not seem to be the case. I guess there is no honor among blackmailers nowadays.
Marino appears to be taking complete ownership of the situation, which is all fine and dandy, but showing remorse and accepting responsibility just does not carry as much weight when it is done in response to your wrongs being made public by others.
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