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Steve Phillips was fired by ESPN over sexual affair with assistant

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I guess David Letterman got off easy, so far, as compared to what is happening to Steve Phillips for the same kind of office sexual encounters with subordinate staffers.

The AP is reporting that baseball analyst Steve Phillips has been fired by ESPN after admitting to an affair with an assistant at the cable network.

“Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN,” network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement. “His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways.”

Phillips’s acknowledgment Wednesday of his relationship with 22-year-old Brooke Hundley was splashed across the nations tabloids for days, embarrassing the Bristol, Conn.-based cable station.

Phillips had taken a leave of absence after the affair became public. Krulewitz declined comment when asked Sunday night about Hundley’s status with the company.

Steve Lefkowitz, Phillips’ representative, said in an e-mail that his client “is voluntarily admitting himself to an inpatient treatment facility to address his personal issues, and informed ESPN of his plans Friday.”

According to a police report filed in Wilton, Conn., 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 the 46-year-old Phillips’ birthmarks.

Marni Phillips called police Aug. 19 when she came home to find Hundley in her driveway. “I knew instinctively that this was the woman Steve was involved with and I was terrified,” she wrote in a statement to police.

Hundley also contacted Phillips’ 16-year-old son through his Facebook account, according to the police report.

“This woman has clearly displayed erratic behavior and delusional tendencies,” Steve Phillips said in a statement to police.

Marni Phillips filed for divorce Sept. 14, according to court records.

 A rep from ESPN told the Associated Press that 22-year-old Brooke Hundley “doesn’t work at ESPN anymore” –but it was unclear if she quit.

ESPN has been troubled by a series of workplace issues involving alleged misconduct by its television personalities.

Last year, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a makeup artist who accused hosts Jay Crawford and sports writer Woody Paige of groping and propositioning her on the set of the now-defunct show “Cold Pizza.”

It is advisable to all, to maintain strictly professional relationships with your co-workers, and do not fraternize with your subordinates, to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

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