Steve Phillips, the ESPN baseball analyst, had a brief affair with 22-year-old production assistant Brooke Hundley this summer before she went Fatal Attraction on him, contacting his wife and kids according to police. Phillips, a notorious cad who cheated on his wife – who is now divorcing him – while he was general manager of the New York Mets, has been suspended a week by ESPN because of the scandal.
The jilted young woman repeatedly phoned Phillips’ wife, Marni, saying, “We both can’t have him!” an explosive police report claims. Hundley’s desperate actions — including accidentally smashing her car into a stone column while speeding away from the Phillips’ home after leaving the letter — terrified the family, according to the Wilton, Conn., police report.
But Phillips, 46, declined to pursue criminal charges against Hundley, a Bristol, Conn., woman who cops learned may have used an ESPN computer to contact Phillips’ 16-year-old son on Facebook while posing as a high-school classmate.
Phillips met Hundley in July and told police he had “three sexual encounters” with her. Very soon after Phillips dumped her, police say Hundley began contacting his wife. After allegedly contacting Steve Phillips’ high school son via Facebook in an effort to learn details about the family, the brazen Hundley went to Phillips house to deliver a letter than contained information such as “a big birthmark on his crotch . . . and one on his left inner thigh, so you know I’m not being fake.”
We heard this rumor Sunday and began to inquire with a few ESPN sources about Phillips’ behavior. All three sources said the same thing – Phillips is an unfailingly nice guy, but it wouldn’t surprise them if Phillips got involved with a production assistant because everyone gets involved with production assistants. The star culture at ESPN helps create these situations – the on-air talented is surrounded by attractive, starry-eyed 20-somethings fresh out of college, leading to lots of potentially sticky situations. It happened to Harold Reynolds. Mike Tirico’s history with young women was detailed in The Uncensored History of ESPN. Nobody expects these types of situations to end anytime soon.
Affair is foul for ESPN star [NY Post]