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    FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation



    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseba...ck=1&cset=true

    FSN officials are looking into possible conflict of interest involving Hughes.

    By Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer


    Television reporter Carolyn Hughes, co-host of the Dodger pregame and postgame shows on FSN West 2, has been off the air for about two weeks as FSN executives investigate her relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe.

    Trinka Lowe, the Dodger pitcher's wife of seven years, alleged an improper relationship between her husband and Hughes in phone messages left for FSN executives. Steve Simpson, general manager of FSN West, told The Times on July 25 of the investigation but said Hughes would return to her role as an anchor on the regional cable network's "Southern California Sports Report."

    Hughes has not appeared on the network in any capacity since the investigation began. Simpson and FSN executives have since declined to comment. Trinka Lowe, meanwhile, in interviews on a locally based website and Tom Leykis' nationally syndicated radio show, has detailed what she says is a romantic relationship between her husband and Hughes.

    Ron Fineman, on his website "On the Record," posted the first interview with Trinka Lowe on Friday, including pictures of Lowe and Hughes hugging.

    Trinka Lowe told Leykis on Monday that she had hired a private investigator and had learned that her husband and Hughes had talked "four to five times a day" on their cellphones since at least April.

    Trinka Lowe told Leykis she was speaking out in an effort to save her marriage, adding that her husband and Hughes had rented a house in Manhattan Beach. Lowe said her husband had asked for a divorce and she had moved back to their home in Fort Myers, Fla. The Lowes have three children.

    Efforts to reach Trinka Lowe on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

    Besides her role on Dodger broadcasts and "Southern California Sports Report," Hughes has been host of the nationally televised "FSN Across America."

    Hughes' husband, Tommy Saboni, the manager of the Palm restaurant in West Hollywood, told The Times that he and Hughes were in the process of getting a divorce and had been separated since March.

    Efforts to reach Hughes were unsuccessful, and her agent, Ken Lindler, declined to comment.

    FSN spokesman Lou D'Ermilio on Tuesday said, "As soon as we were made aware by Mrs. Lowe that a potential problem existed, we removed Carolyn from covering the Dodgers. At present, we're investigating to determine if a conflict of interest did exist. Beyond that, we can't comment on personnel issues."

    The Dodgers, through spokesman John Olguin, also declined to comment.
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Hmm..

    Sad story on a lot of levels :
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Ridiculous, call me old fashioned, but I'm of the school that says if you marry someone, be loyal. There is nothing worse than being betrayed, and there is nothing more difficult to gain back than trust.
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Man, what a mess that's gonna be. Now you're all in big, big trouble.

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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    Carolyn Hughes probably just killed her career
    It's not a good precedent for any female sports reporter. You're right, she'll probably be blacklisted.

    Derek and Trinka Lowe


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    By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - Updated: 01:33 PM EST

    Derek Lowe, the ex-Red Sox hurler who was the hero of last year's ALCS and the World Series, has abandoned his heartbroken wife and kids and moved in with a TV reporter who covers his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    That's according to Trinka Lowe, Derek's wife of seven years and the mother of their three kids, who said her husband has left her for Fox Sports Net's Carolyn Hughes.

    ``This is definitely the worst time of my life,'' Trinka told the Track. ``I don't even know how to describe it. I still love him. He's still the father of our children. But I don't want this to be glamorized like some other relationships that didn't start out so well. I don't want this to be portrayed as `They were there for each other when his marriage fell apart.' That's not true. The marriage fell apart because of this other person.''

    Trinka said she made FSN aware of the relationship and a representative promised to investigate. A spokesman for the network said yesterday that Hughes, who hosts the FSN pregame show, ``Dodgers Dugout,'' has been taken off the beat pending the outcome of that inquiry.

    ``As soon as we were made aware by Mrs. Lowe that a potential problem existed we removed Carolyn from covering the Dodgers,'' Lou D'Ermilio told us. ``At present we're investigating to determine whether a conflict of interest did exist and beyond that we can't comment on a personnel issue.''

    Hughes did not return our calls. For that matter, neither did Lowe's agent, Scott Boras. And Dodgers spokesman John Olguin declined to comment on the mound man's marital mess.

    ``A player's home life is personal,'' he said, ``and as such the Dodgers will not comment.''

    But Trinka, who still lives in Fort Myers, Fla., said she knew something was wrong with her marriage as soon as she returned to the Beverly Hills home she and Derek bought after he was signed by the Dodgers.

    ``I went out to L.A. when the kids finished school, just like I used to do every year when we were in Boston,'' Trinka said. ``But when I got there I felt like something was a little odd. Of course, I hadn't seen him in a while and it usually takes him a few days to adjust to me and the kids.

    ``Anyway, he left on a road trip and he called me from the road and said, `I'm not happy and I can't do this anymore.' It was right out of the blue. I said `Whatever the problems are let's work it out. I will do anything, let's go to counseling, we have these kids.' And he said, `I don't want to work it out. I'm through.' ''

    Trinka, who was with Derek for 11 years, said her hubby's reluctance to try to repair the relationship made her think that ``there was someone else involved.''

    ``He told me he wanted me gone when he got back from the next road trip,'' she said.

    Trinka said she told her husband that she was going to wait four days to leave because she had invited friends from Boston and her brother to visit.

    ``So when he got back from the trip he went and moved in with her,'' she said.

    Trinka said she knows this because when Derek came over to see the kids, he was driving Hughes' car, and when he left, Trinka had him followed.

    ``He went to her house and spent the night there,'' she said. ``He's now living there.''

    Trinka said she went to Hughes' Manhattan Beach apartment and confronted her but the sports reporter denied that there was anything improper going on. She insisted that she and Lowe were ``just friends,'' Trinka said.

    ``They deny the relationship. She told me Derek sleeps on her couch and that she does this for all her friends.''

    But Trinka did some snooping and found Hughes' number in Derek's cell phone under the name ``Jeff.'' She said she also knows that her hubby chartered a private jet to take him and his galpal to the All-Star Game in Detroit. And if she needed any more proof, incriminating pictures of the pair appeared on an L.A.-based media critic's Web site earlier this week, pictures that Trinka insists she knows nothing about.

    Ron Fineman, who broke the news of the Lowes' marital mess, declined to say where he got the photos. Derek Lowe is said to be livid about them.

    Hughes is currently in the process of divorcing her husband, restaurant manager Tommy Samboni. Their marital problems began, Trinka said, when Hughes informed her hubby that she met someone in spring training and that she ``no longer trusted herself on the road.''

    Trinka has taken the couple's three children Phillip, 16, her son by a previous relationship who Lowe adopted, Taylor, 5, and Tanner, 1 and moved back to Florida. She said Lowe has rented a house two blocks from Hughes' place and that he informed her that he will be spending the off-season in California.

    ``I guess he won't be seeing too much of his children in Fort Myers,'' she said. ``And I expect to be served with divorce papers in the next couple of weeks. I hope that doesn't happen, but I've tried to prepare myself.''

    Trinka said she knows her husband was unhappy and under a lot of stress to prove himself after the Red Sox let him go and the Dodgers signed him.

    ``It was a huge letdown for him. He didn't want to leave Boston. He loved it, but I don't think there's any acceptable reason for this happening.''

    She said she knows that ``lying and cheating are relatively prevalent'' in baseball but she believes Derek might not have left her if they were still in the Hub.

    ``The Red Sox are more family-oriented,'' she said, ``they have more family values.''

    Nonetheless, Trinka said she is speaking out because she doesn't want Derek's relationship ``glamorized'' like similar situations have been.

    (Lowe's former teammate Johnny Damon and his current wife, Michelle, have said they met after Damon's marriage to first wife, Angie, went on the rocks. Angie begs to differ.)

    ``I don't want this portrayed as some sweet romance between the baseball player and the sports reporter, that his marriage broke up and he fell into her arms,'' Trinka said. ``The truth is that he chose to do that while he was still married.''

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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    What if Lowe signed with the Reds and it was Jim Day he was dating?
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    That's pretty Lowe. But seriously, why do celebrities and athletes do this? It seems Derek Lowe can't be too intelligent to try and hook up and cheat on his wife with somebody so close to the team. The even sadder part is this broadcaster will likely lose her job and absolutely nothing will heppen to Derek Lowe. Sad situation and you have to feel especially bad for the children involved. These boys will grow up with a crappy example of how to be a father.

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    Conflict of interest? If neither one was married this wouldn't be a big deal. Didn't Josh Beckett have a relationship with LeAnn Tweeden a couple of years ago?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caseyfan21
    why do celebrities and athletes do this?
    Oh believe me, celebrities and athletes aren't the only ones who do this. They just don't splash the common folk's dirty laundry all over the front page.
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by Caseyfan21
    That's pretty Lowe. But seriously, why do celebrities and athletes do this? It seems Derek Lowe can't be too intelligent to try and hook up and cheat on his wife with somebody so close to the team. The even sadder part is this broadcaster will likely lose her job and absolutely nothing will heppen to Derek Lowe. Sad situation and you have to feel especially bad for the children involved. These boys will grow up with a crappy example of how to be a father.
    Mr. Lowe's having issues finding homeplate this year - but seems pretty easy to get to third base with some TV lady.

    It is sad - baseball wives have to have the patience of Job coupled with wearing an armour. I wouldn't want to wish that on anyone.

    At least Carolyn Hughes hasn't went Tawny Kitaen .... yet.

    Ms. Hughes's day as a credible source of information is *poof* gone.

    Just another weathergirl trying to be "one of the boys".

    BTW - before I get hate mail, there are many women sports journalists out their who do their jobs in professional manner. Carolyn Hughes is NOT one of them.
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Quote Originally Posted by Heath
    Mr. Lowe's having issues finding homeplate this year - but seems pretty easy to get to third base with some TV lady.

    It is sad - baseball wives have to have the patience of Job coupled with wearing an armour. I wouldn't want to wish that on anyone.

    At least Carolyn Hughes hasn't went Tawny Kitaen .... yet.

    Ms. Hughes's day as a credible source of information is *poof* gone.

    Just another weathergirl trying to be "one of the boys".

    BTW - before I get hate mail, there are many women sports journalists out their who do their jobs in professional manner. Carolyn Hughes is NOT one of them.
    So are you saying big bad evil Carolyn took advantage of poor little Derek?

    Oh and I agree with the post OSU is going to make right after this one.
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Lowe is clearly a shallow individual. But, what mother would throw all of this garbage from her family's private life into the public??? This seems to be a matter of her being too proud to be left & forcing the issue with making sure the public sympathizes with her side. Personally, I feel terrible for her children and it must be very tough for her. BUT, she's not acting as a good mother by making this a public mess, she's acting as a p*ssed off ex-wife. She has every right to be angry, but her priorities should be protecting her children from this divorce, NOT making sure strangers understand the whole story behind her husband leaving for a reporter. I'm disgusted with both of them.

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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    I wonder if a male announcer had a relationship with a female whose games/matches he covered on a regular basis if he would be disciplined and looked upon as negatively as Hughes is? Somehow I think not.
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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Ok, this may be shallow of me, but it must be rough to win the world series, sign a big contract and then have two hot women fighting over you.

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    Re: FSN Reporter Hughes' relationship with Dodger Derek Lowe under investigation

    Sounds like Derek and "Jeff" actually deserve each other. FWIW, I am kinda partial to the jilted wife...
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