While acknowledging that Brooke Hundley was no longer with ESPN, and stating that she had been terminated, the sports network did not elaborate on the exact reason of the termination or the exact date. ESPN earlier fired Steve Phillips, saying "His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged."
The affair became grist for the mill when Phillips' wife Marni filed a police report in Wilton, CN. In the report, Marni Phillips said that Hundley had sent her a letter describing the affair, even detailing the former Mets' GM's birthmarks as proof. On August 19th, Marni Phillips came home to find Hundley in her driveway. It seems Steve Phillips had chosen an affair with a "fatal attraction" involved, and called police.
Meanwhile, Steve Lefkowitz, Phillips' agent, added in a statement that Phillips had entered an inpatient treatment facility "to address his personal issues." No reason was given, but sexual addiction is suspected. Lefkowitz said:
"Steve Phillips is not a sleazebag. He's a good guy who just fell off the wagon. Whatever he did wrong, it wasn't under his control or he wouldn't be checking himself in for help. He knows he needs help and wants a life with his family -- that is paramount to him above everything else."In terms of falling off the wagon, it should be noted that when he was GM of the New York Mets, Phillips was forced to take a leave of absence in 1998 because of a series of affairs and an accusation of sexual harassment by a Mets employee. One of his mistresses, Rosa Rodriguez, surfaced late last week as well.