|ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips acknowledged having an affair with an assistant at the cable network and has taken a leave of absence during the playoffs.|
Phillips said Wednesday in a statement released by ESPN that he requested the leave "to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs."
ESPN said it took "appropriate disciplinary action" when this happened in August, but would not comment further.
Police say 22-year-old ESPN production assistant Brooke 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 Phillips' birthmarks. She allegedly told Phillips' wife that "we both can't have him," according to a Wilton, Conn., police report.
"I'm a real person in his life and I care deeply about his happiness," reads the letter police said is from Hundley. "I'm coming out now because I'm sick of hiding and sneaking around behind your back."
The police report was first reported Wednesday by the New York Post.
The 46-year-old Phillips is a former general manager of the New York Mets. In 1998, Phillips admitted having sex with a team employee, who sued for sexual harassment. That case was settled out of court.
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Unlike Letterman, it seems Phillips picked up a crazy ass woman who wanted him for herself. NYPOST is calling her the tubby temptress.