Thursday, February 11, 2016

ESPN fires analyst Phillips over affair


Baseball analyst Steve Phillips was fired by ESPN last night, less than a week after the former Mets general manager admitted having an affair with a production assistant at the cable network.

Phillips' acknowledgment last week of his relationship with 22-year-old Brooke Hundley was splashed across the New York tabloids for days, embarrassing the Bristol, Conn.-based sports giant.

"Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN," network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement. "His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways."

Phillips had taken a leave of absence after the affair became public. Krulewitz declined comment when asked last night about Hundley's status with the company.

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  • According to a police report filed in Wilton, Conn., Hundley began calling Phillips' wife, Marni, on Aug. 5 after he broke off the affair and sent her a letter graphically describing their relationship and the 46-year-old Phillips' birthmarks.

    Marni Phillips called police Aug. 19 when she came home to find Hundley in her driveway. "I knew instinctively that this was the woman Steve was involved with and I was terrified," she wrote in a statement to police.

    Hundley also contacted Phillips' 16-year-old son through his Facebook account, according to the police report.

    "This woman has clearly displayed erratic behavior and delusional tendencies," Steve Phillips said in a statement to police.

    Phillips signed a statement to police that he would not press charges. The status of the police investigation was unclear yesterday. The report indicated a detective planned to interview Hundley this week when she returned from vacation.

    In 1998, Phillips admitted having sex with a Mets employee, who sued for sexual harassment. That case was settled out of court. Messages seeking comment were left yesterday for Phillips and Hundley.


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