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ESPN's Phillips admits affair, takes leave of absence

Oct 21, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

In what might be his last official act as an ESPN employee, Steve Phillips released the following statement following today’s New York Post story that claimed he slept with a 22-year-old ESPN production assistant:
“I am deeply sorry that I have put my family and colleagues through this. It is a personal matter that I will not comment on further. I have, however, asked for a leave of absence to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs.”
It seems awfully unlikely that ESPN will bring Phillips back next year, and it’s hard to imagine any other outlet will be quick to hire a talking head whose lack of baseball acumen might actually be one of his lesser flaws.

  1. sad state... - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    This is sad for the family. The real victims are his four boys who do not deserve this publicity and negative attention. They are well known and respected in Wilton as academic, athletic and polite boys. Regardless of the ups and downs of their personal life, the Philip’s have raised exceptionally nice children. No teen age boy deserves to be stalked on the internet by a parent’s jilted lover. Marnie will have to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life and we wish her all the luck in the world. The privacy and dignity of these children has been compromised. Do the right thing and leave these people alone, and let them try to be a family.
    Signed – Concerned parents in Wilton

  2. retnav8644 - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    That “consenting adults” spin is just another “lame” excuse for Phillip’s inconsiderate, selfish, and deliberate choice to forsake his vows to his wife and family. Clearly, SHE did not consent to what has caused this whole mess that she and family must now deal with. What a jerk!

  3. comeonman - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

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  4. A-ROD - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Maybe his WIFE is UGLY, if she is, it is okay to CHEAT.

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  6. comeonman - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    How is this related to Baseball, you know, the game of baseball.

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    I HOPE IT WAS ERIN ANDREWS, SHE IS SMOKIN……

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