Dan Marino Withdraws from Concussion Lawsuit Against NFL

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, June 3

Peter King of Sports Illustrated provides a statement from Dan Marino, who speaks about his decision to remove himself as a plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit against the NFL:

Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma. In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL. I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately. I am sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries. I also disclaim any references in the form complaint of current head injuries.


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Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was reportedly added to the latest concussion lawsuit against the NFL by mistake, and his representatives are currently working to have him removed from the litigation.   

Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports a source close to the situation stated Marino was working to protect himself from future health complications and ended up as part of the lawsuit:

It was never Marino's intention to initiate litigation in this case, but to ensure that in the event he had adverse health consequences down the road, he would be covered with health benefits. They are working to correct the error.

Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times noted Monday that Marino's name was attached to a suit filed in Philadelphia's U.S. District Court. The former Miami Dolphins quarterback and 14 other players were listed in the records:

The 18-page complaint alleges the NFL concealed information about football-related brain injuries and misled players, claims that are similar to those made in more than 300 related lawsuits. The NFL has repeatedly denied such claims.

The fact that Marino was listed on the paperwork generated a lot of attention. He would have become one of the most high-profile players to date involved in proceedings against the league for alleged physical damages caused by head injuries.

It's unclear how, if at all, his removal from the list of players would impact the case. On a personal level, it sounds like he was just trying to protect himself rather than making any specific claims based on his current health status.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports the longtime member of the Dolphins had been talking about taking a position with the organization before word of the lawsuit broke:

Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated states his attempt to withdraw from the litigation shouldn't come as a surprise:

The legal process is a complicated one, so it's unknown how long the process to get him fully removed from the suit will take. The South Florida Sun Sentinel report provides word that discussions are ongoing between the sides with a quick resolution possible.

A Marino-led lawsuit would have obviously garnered plenty of media attention. While his removal would change that, it certainly wouldn't remove the issue of concussions and their impact on former players from the NFL's radar, which remains a huge topic of discussion.

The nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback still hasn't discussed the situation publicly.