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Ex-Mets GM Phillips in hot water over affair

Oct 21, 2009, 12:34 PM EDT

ESPN analyst Steve Phillips has reportedly been suspended by the network after details emerged regarding an admitted affair the married, 46-year-old father of four had with a 22-year-old production assistant.
According to the New York Post, the woman repeatedly contacted Phillips’ children and wife, who has since filed for divorce. In a police statement Phillips expressed “extreme concerns about the health and safety of my kids and myself” while calling the woman “obsessive and delusional.”
Phillips was previously accused of sexual harassment and admitted to multiple extramarital affairs while serving as Mets general manager, taking a leave of absence from the team in 1998 and eventually settling the case out of court. He was fired in 2003 and has worked for ESPN since 2005.

  1. Mike Z - Oct 21, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Hey Gleeman, did you read the letter the 22 year old woman who he was having the affair with wrote to Phillips wife? Priceless.
    Phillips handled his affair about as well as he GM’ed the Mets.

  2. Lionheart! - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Why did ESPN suspend him? It’s his pecker, it’s his personal life. How is him porking a girl young enough to be his daughter harmful to his baseball analysis duties?

  3. The Common Man - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    I suppose this is one way to get his awefulness off the air, but still, this is awfully seedy and unpleasant.
    By the way, is there anyone at ESPN not sleeping with production assistants? Please tell me Chris Berman, not because I like him, but because I don’t want to picture that. “And you see him right there, whooop! And then, whoop! And whoop! He…could…go…all…the…way!”

  4. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    +1

  5. Mike Z - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Because ESPN is owned by Disney(80%). And Disney only likes to sell sex to preteens.

  6. bh0673 - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Too bad he was the only thing that when there made Miller and Morgan tolerable. I guess I am back to listening to the radio on Sunday nights.

  7. Dan - Oct 21, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Phillips so obviously had to be suspended.
    1) The basic fact pattern here — 46 yo senior employee having affair with entry-level 22 yo female — in and of itself is the start of a harassment claim.
    2) He’s already been accused of harassment (by someone else)
    3) The accuser has already shown a propensity for revenge; a lawsuit is up there as well
    4) He filed a police report, increasing the odds of her suing ESPN even further.
    ESPN’s best strategy against a suit is to suspend Phillips. The fact that it saves us from hearing him blather is nice, too.

  8. Sai-Kit Hui - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    If only ESPN suspend him for sucking on-air too.

  9. Wells - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    ESPN is a frat house of a corporation. What a sleazy place. I wish there were some intelligent alternative.

  10. saintez - Oct 21, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Wow, you sound like a winner!

  11. Mode:Theif and Lair - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Gold TCM, gold.
    +27

  12. Bill-Sonora - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    With the exception of if you are married, since when did it become a crime to get involved with a co-worker? If you spend all day at work, they are the only ones you are going to be in contact with anyway. They are the only ones you really get to know. Too much wining about co-worker affairs lately. I think everyone will be happy when people act like robots and never make mistakes and never get involved with anyone. No feelings and no temptations. This country is getting too weird.

  13. TomG - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    You’re with me, leather.

  14. Banned - Oct 21, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Bill…..are you freakin serious?? “with the exception of him being married!” really? If he weren’t married and was a single man dating and prod assistant half his age, we wouldnt even be talking now. This is only an issue, because he is married and has kids…wow!

  15. Dirck - Oct 21, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Did anyone see the pictures of Phillip’s paramour ? When asked to comment she said ” Oink !!! Oink !!! Oink !!! ” .

  16. The Common Man - Oct 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    @Dirck
    Hey, you left an extra “r” in your username!
    There are undoubtedly many things we can say about this young woman, if all the allegations are true: disturbed, immature, creepy, and potentially dangerous (though I’ll point out that Phillips is more than twice her age, and was definitely her superior in the ESPN pecking order). But let’s confine it to that. I’m sure you’re super-attractive.

  17. tim - Oct 21, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    what a joke espn is Cris Berman is the biggest fool there

  18. Jack Marshall - Oct 21, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Because workplace affairs aren’t private conduct, they are workplace conduct, as this situation proves. BOY, people are hard-headed on this issue! Phillips was taking advantage of an inequity in power to turn ESPN into his own private dating bar (See: Letterman, David)

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