Steve Phillips Scandal
When people refer to the Steve Phillips scandal, they are more than likely talking about the ESPN baseball analyst's career-halting stunt. Steve Phillips was born on May 18, 1963 and began to harness his skills at an early age. Phillips opted not to go immediately to college right out of high school; instead, he chose to begin his professional baseball career with the Mets. Steve Phillips was a manager in the sport from 1990 until 2004, being hired as a sports analyst by ESPN in 2005.
This was not the first Steve Phillips scandal. In 1998, a woman named Rosa Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Phillips, claiming harassment by him for a brief period of time. The allegations were settled outside of court and many people, to this day, still believe in the innocence of Steve Phillips.
Phillips was hired to work for ESPN in 2005. Steve Phillips originally worked as an analyst on the ESPN programs "Monday Night Baseball," "Wednesday Night Baseball," and (yes) "Sunday Night Baseball." He also premiered on the nightly telecasts "Sport Center" and "Baseball Tonight."
Phillips' wife files for divorce. On September 2, 2009, the wife of Steve Phillips (a Mrs. Marni Phillips) filed for divorce. The press was initially skeptical, and highly uncertain, as to the cause of this.
The Steve Phillips scandal goes public. On October 21, 2009, about a month and a half after the divorce was filed, the public learned the truth about the Phillips' marriage. Steve Phillips had been cheating on his wife, Marni, with 22-year old Brooke Hundley. Hundley was a production assistant working for ESPN; she wrote a letter to Marni Phillips exposing their relationship, after Steve had broken off ties with her. Steve Phillips was promptly suspended by the company and, eventually, fired on October 25, 2009.
Steve Phillips goes on to work with a variety of organizations. Phillips is the current host of the morning show on Mad Dog Radio with Dan Graca, after his former-partner, Gary Williams, departed. He got the gig on October 4, 2010, almost a year after his abrupt fall-out with ESPN. Phillips also worked with WFAN New York to co-host various baseball shows.
The career of Steve Phillips was nearly ended with the revelation of his scandal. Yet, Phillips persists on with his analyst career, working for various venues here and there. Looking back, we've all got to say: Why did you do it Steve! Why?