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ESPN fires Phillips after affair with assistant

Associated Press / October 26, 2009

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Baseball analyst Steve Phillips has been fired by ESPN after admitting to an affair with an assistant at the cable network.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said last night the network determined Phillips’s ability to be an effective analyst was “significantly and irreparably damaged.’’

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

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