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Phillips affair story has baseball world buzzing

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 21, 2009 07:22 AM

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A report in Wednesday's New York Post details the messy end of an affair between ESPN analyst and former Mets general manager Steve Phillips and a 22-year-old production assistant and has quickly become the hot topic of the day.

According to the report, Brooke Hundley sent a letter and called Phillips' wife after Phillips ended the relationship, and had a series of "Fatal Attraction" type moments that may have included contacting Phillips' sons via Facebook and the Internet.

"I have extreme concerns about the health and safety of my kids and myself," Phillips said in a statement to police.

According to an update on ESPN.com, Phillips has taken a leave of absence.

In acknowledging the relationship, Phillips said, "I am deeply sorry that I have put my family and colleagues through this. It is a personal matter that I will not comment on further. I have, however, asked for a leave of absence to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs."

ESPN released the following statement: "We were aware of this and took appropriate disciplinary action at the time. We have granted Steve's request for an extended leave of absence to allow him to address it. We have no further comment."

Phillips' wife, Marni, has filed for divorce, according to the Post report. Phillips' tenure with the Mets also included an affair scandal in which he admitted to sleeping with a female team employee.

WEEI's web site includes photos of the woman named in the story.

Reported updated 3:04 p.m.

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