Dan Marino: ‘I Am Withdrawing as a Plaintiff Effective Immediately’

The Dolphins Hall-of-Famer says he didn’t intend to be automatically listed as a plaintiff in the recent lawsuit filed against the NFL, and says he is not suffering from memory loss or post-concussion symptoms

The football world was stunned Monday when a concussion lawsuit with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino as star plaintiff was announced. Evidently, Marino himself was just as stunned to hear the news.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Marino confirmed the news that was reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel earlier in the day: that he would withdraw the lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania as a twin to the massive concussion litigation waiting for settlement confirmation in the same court. In a statement provided to The MMQB shortly at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Marino said:

“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.”

The suit was curious in the first place because Marino, as a former player in the era covered by $765 milion concussion-suit settlement, would automatically be eligible for benefits when or if Judge Anita Brody institutes the settlement that the NFL and attorneys for the aggrieved 4,000 players or player estates agreed to last September. She has reportedly been skeptical that there is enough money to cover benefits for the large number of players who could come forward claiming head injuries when they surface among retired players. For instance, players who suffer from ALS—such as Steve Gleason and Kevin Turner—would be eligible to receive settlement checks of $5 million apiece from the settlement pool. Thus the concern that there would be enough money for the legions of players who could come forward in future years.

Marino, a source close to him said Tuesday, is adamant that he is not currently suffering from any memory loss or post-concussion syndrome related to head trauma from his 17-year NFL career, which ended in January 2000.

Marino is in the process of becoming a spokesperson for the American Association of Retired Persons. He is also negotiating with the Miami Dolphins, his old team, for an unspecified front-office role.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

 

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50 comments
Daniel21
Daniel21

This whole thing stinks to high heaven.  Why do I have the surreal feeling that I'll be reading about this in a future updated edition of "League of Denial"?

jim2222
jim2222

marino might have concussions i think 

Buck2185
Buck2185

Peter, it seems you jumped the gun, without all the facts (again) when you wrote the Marino story the other day. Please do us a faqvor and go crawl up the Patriot rear for the next 25 years...

Ocean_State_Patriots_Fan
Ocean_State_Patriots_Fan

I would think that the plaintiffs in the concussion litigation need the facts and law—and not a visible leader with Hall of Fame credentials—on their side to prevail in federal court.

This litigation seems ripe for settlement, as there are significant risks for both sides.I hope the parties are able to either demonstrate that the settlement is “fair, reasonable, and adequate,” or revise the proposal to meet that approval requirement.I think the media’s “Watergate-esque” obsession with what the league knew and when it knew it isn’t nearly as important given that the league is now more aware of the impact of game-related concussions on player safety and health, has taken huge strides toward improving the management and prevention of those, and is committed to get money in the hands of the players that need it most—sooner rather than later.

rckymtn4
rckymtn4

Marino doesn't seem to think out these positions clearly before he commits to them. A few years ago he took the VP job (or whatever it was) with the Dolphins only to back out a few days later. Now this.

rskins09
rskins09

"  would be eligible to receive settlement checks of $5 million apiece from the settlement pool." ... Five big ones $ for MLS ? you gotta be kidding  ... That's outrageous ...

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

Excuse me, he's ungodly rich, he can pay whatever if he needs any type of medical that isn't covered by the NFL, not all players are in his position! His grandchildren will never have to work a day in their lives.

Again, I say, not every player is in this position.


keep this in perspective!!!

Taurus97
Taurus97

Look for Dan now to be hired by NFL Network

MrArlington
MrArlington

This is horrible news for the lawsuit from a PR perspective. It makes it appear that the players who sign on A) Don't know what they are signing up for. or B) Are being misled by the attorneys in order to to gain a greater number of claimants.

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

Hey who would make this trade a deserter for 5 Taliban terrorist top leaders of the 911 planners. Only one moron would make that trade guess who

GodofAcid
GodofAcid

"My lawyer has advised me that I do not stand to profit by being a plaintiff in this case"

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

If you listen to his broadcast's on CBS I question him when he states he is not suffring from memeory loss or concussion symptoms the guy rambles on and on.

ianlinross
ianlinross

Withdrew from the lawsuit as he was interviewing for the Dolphins job? Hmmm.

TherealdanMcKelvey
TherealdanMcKelvey

He doesn't have a job..Got fired by CBS....What the heck is he doing....He doesn't have any cash...He is f'ed.

ludgatecircus15
ludgatecircus15

Aaah, the 'accidental plaintiff' explanation.  If this were a class of 5,000 iron workers, then I might believe the possibility of a single accidental plaintiff.  However, this is a suit with less than 20 plaintiffs.  So you are telling me no one bothered to ask Dan (presumably a 'big fish' within the group) if they should go ahead and add him to the plaintiff list?  Either a lawyer is going to be sanctioned by the Bar, or Dan has just made the PR blunder of the decade.  Bonehead move in either case.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

He was bullied out of it. I'm willing to bet that the commissioner called and told him get out of the suit, probably for 'the good of the NFL', or some such thing. A no-name offensive tackle is one thing, a major star quarterback is quite another. 

Goodell spank.

RSSchrock
RSSchrock

I'm surprised he didn't sue the NFL when they failed to provide him with security and he got kidnapped just before the Super Bowl years ago. 

ianforbes
ianforbes

He might already be suffering symptoms. First he asked to be included because he has concerns over his future health but suddenly he doesn't understand why he's listed on the class-action and also feels his future health as it relates to football concussions will be fine...ok

rckymtn4
rckymtn4

@rskins09 Those "Five big ones" are in lieu of contracting an illness that will kill you in the prime of your life. Those players wouldn't be high-fiving each other even if they could. BTW, it's ALS.

el80ne
el80ne

@Rick in Huahin! You sound really ignorant when it comes to fiscal matters. At the least you appear completely unaware of how medical bills can quickly burn through millions of dollars. 

CharlesFreeman
CharlesFreeman

@Rick in Huahin! And you've seen the proof that Marino is "he's ungodly rich, he can pay whatever if he needs any type of medical that isn't covered by the NFL, not all players are in his position! His grandchildren will never have to work a day in their lives"?

oafling
oafling

@Raiderforlife Hey, great question.  Let's follow it up with who would make this trade- 1500 missiles for American hostages?  Guess who made that trade?  If you guessed the great right-wing deity Reagan you're right.

PRoughsedge
PRoughsedge

Sort of like tanking for a higher draft pick. But when you tank the country, what do we get?

Taurus97
Taurus97

@Raiderforlife Lets see.  Ditka traded away all his draft picks for Ricky Williams.  Minnesota jettisoned five to Dallas to get Herschel Walker. I know where your going...lol

ShaunArchambeau
ShaunArchambeau

@Rickapolis Consider this: The big wigs of the NFL have much more money than the mafia, their own security division devoted to keeping the public out of NFL affairs, most of the participants grew up around drugs/violence and violent people, when you put all that together who knows what type of threats they can make against anyone or anything that they don't like. I am not saying they would kill him but they may have stuff in his past that could destroy his image if ever leaked, but who knows like I said these people are basically the mafia of today.

Mike26
Mike26

@MoeLarryAndJesus  Pretty sure it's the guy you see in your mirror every day - but there is a lot of competition for the prize lately.

CGGymDog
CGGymDog

@Raiderforlife @CGGymDog It has to be Al. You asked about stupid trades, and he loved those. Although Jerry Jones has made a few, he usually coughs up draft picks to go along with the trade.

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