Former New York Mets manager Steve Phillips is in a heap of trouble. You could say he’s got the bases loaded against him with no outs.
Phillips, who has been a baseball analyst for ESPN since 2005, has been temporarily suspended by the sports network after news surfaced about his recent affair with 22-year-old colleague Brooke Hundley, a production assistant. His wife of 19 years, Marni Phillips, filed for divorce at the beginning of September, and the New York Post reports that his future with ESPN is now in question.
“We were aware of this and have already taken appropriate action,” ESPN rep Josh Krulewitz told the Stamford Advocate yesterday. “We have no further comment.”
Published reports reveal that Hundley had sent Marni Phillips a letter claiming that Hundley and Phillips had been in a sexual relationship. The couple’s 16-year-old son claimed that Hundley had sent him instant messages, posing as a classmate, asking personal questions about the family.
“This woman has clearly displayed erratic behavior and delusional tendencies,” Steve Phillips, 46, said in a police statement afterwards. “I have extreme concerns about the health and safety of my kids and myself.” However, Phillips declined to press charges.
The situation came to a head on August 19, when Marni Phillips came home to find Hundley in the family’s driveway. Hundley drove across the lawn to escape.
This isn’t Steve Phillips’ first foray into sexual misconduct. In 1998, a woman filed a sexual-harassment suit against him. Phillips and the woman settled the lawsuit out of court, but he admitted to several other affairs and took an eight-day leave of absence from the Mets.
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