ESPN's Steve Phillips Checks Into Rehab For Sex Addiction

Oct. 27 2009, Updated 9:01 a.m. ET

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Steve Phillips, the former New York Mets GM and ex-ESPN analyst, is at an undisclosed rehab facility to treat his sex addiction after the scandal involving a 22-year-old ESPN production assistant cost him his job with the network, according to his agent.

The handsome 46-year-old "really needs help, and this was the best way to do it," his agent, Steve Lefkowitz, told the NY Post Tuesday. "It was a bid to keep his life. He's going in for an illness; the problem is, he fell off the wagon.”

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Phillips attended a similar program in 1998 after admitting to cheating on his wife many times; Marni Phillips, the mother of Phillips’ four sons, has filed papers for divorce.

"He knows he needs help, and he wants to work it out," Lefkowitz said. "He wants to keep his four boys and his wife. He doesn't want to lose them."

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Both Hundley and Phillips have been fired by ESPN. Phillips admittedly made love to Hundley three times this past summer before ending the affair. Hundley then, according to police reports, harassed Phillips' wife Marni over the phone; attempted to make contact with Phillips’ 16-year-old son on Facebook; and did damage to his Wilton, Connecticut home. She left a handwritten letter on the premises for his wife, validating her trysts with the ex-Mets G.M. by describing a "big birthmark on his crotch... and one on his left inner thigh."

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