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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Steve Phillips' Relationship with ESPN Assistant Brooke Hundley Becomes Front-Page News

ESPN analyst Steve Phillips has probably had better days than today. The New York Post has an incredibly salacious and ugly story about Phillips and a jilted ex-lover, Brooke Hundley, who was an assistant at ESPN.

It really doesn't get any more awkward than this: Phillips had a fling with a 22-year-old girl, and then broke up with her. When Phillips split up with her, Hundley decided to make contact with both his wife and teenage son, whose name has been redacted in this letter that was printed by The Post today. Some highlights from the letter, if you don't have time to read the whole thing.

-- She gives details to prove her intimate relationship with Phillips, including details about a vasectomy and birthmarks in private areas.

-- The whole middle paragraph is really talking a lot about Phillips' son, which I'm sure struck a nerve with Marni Phillips.

-- She details numerous romantic liaisons (and future meetings, too) in the letter.

-- She somehow manages to try to spin some reason in this whole thing by playing the "I'm Catholic" card, which was pretty amusing.

Steve Phillips told police he has "extreme concerns about the healthy and safety of my kids and myself." Phillips did not pursue charges against Hundley, but he is being sued for divorce by Marni Phillips.

The Post also reports Phillips has been suspended one week by ESPN for the scandal. (You've got to wonder what Harold Reynolds thinks of that light one-week slap on the wrist after he was bounced from the network for misconduct falling in a similar category.) There has been no comment from ESPN, Hundley or Phillips on the matter.

Where this goes from sort of comical and embarrassing to just scary is the encounter on Aug. 19:

Marni Phillips, a stunning, green-eyed blonde, told cops that on Aug. 19, she drove home with her 7-year-old son and spotted a woman walking down the driveway to a parked car.

"I knew instinctively this was the woman Steve was involved with and I was terrified," Marni told cops. "I immediately called 911. She got in her car, put it in reverse and smashed the rear end of her vehicle into the stone column."

Marni then found the letter stuck in the door.

UPDATE 1: Excellent (and now erased) Wikipedia entry on Steve Phillips' page.

UPDATE 2: Don't forget that this isn't his first run-in outside his marriage. (via)

UPDATE 3: Phillips is taking an indefinite leave of absence from ESPN. No big surprise after the storm this has kicked up today.

UPDATE 4: Statement from Phillips now available.

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