Dan Marino will withdraw from NFL concussion suit

LOS ANGELES Tue Jun 3, 2014 7:27pm EDT

Former Miami Doilphins quarterback Dan Marino watches the Miami Heat play the San Antonio Spurs during Game 1 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff game in Miami, Florida June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Former Miami Doilphins quarterback Dan Marino watches the Miami Heat play the San Antonio Spurs during Game 1 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff game in Miami, Florida June 6, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino on Tuesday said he will withdraw from a lawsuit that accuses the National Football League of hiding the effects of concussions because he was inadvertently listed as a plaintiff in the case.

Marino, 52, who was the highest-profile former player involved in legal action against the league over head injuries, said in a statement issued to Sports Illustrated magazine that in the past year he authorized a legal claim to be made on his behalf if he ever needed medical coverage due to the long-term effects of football-related head trauma.

"In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL," the former Miami Dolphins star said in the statement.

"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," Marino said, adding that he is not currently suffering from head injuries.

His longtime agent, Marvin Demoff, earlier said Marino would not take part in the suit with 14 other ex-players filed last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The suit alleges the NFL knew there was a link between concussions and long-term health problems for decades and hid information about "football-related brain injuries" from players.

Marino spent his entire 17-year career with the Dolphins and set numerous NFL passing records before retiring in 1999. He then spent 12 years as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports.

The other players in the suit asked for monetary damages to be determined at a jury trial and for medical monitoring.

Each player submitted a short-form complaint with standard language that they suffer from brain injuries and exhibit symptoms that have developed over time but did not specify the nature of their injuries.

This latest filing follows a $760 million settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 former players over concussions that was rejected in January by a U.S. judge who said it might not be enough to pay all of the affected players.

Up to 20,000 former players could ultimately still be eligible for payments over the settlement's 65-year span.

That lawsuit, filed in 2012, contended that the league hid the dangers of brain injury among players while profiting from the sport's violent physical contact.

The NFL has contended that it never concealed information related to head or brain injuries that might occur while playing in the league.

A growing body of academic research shows that repeated hits to the head may produce a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can lead to aggression and dementia.

The research already has prompted the NFL to make changes on the field, including banning certain hits and requiring teams to keep players who show concussion-like symptoms off the field.

NFL Hall of Fame players Eric Dickerson and Tony Dorsett also are among the best-known ex-NFL players to have sued the league over concussions.

(Additional reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (2)
ea1958 wrote:
Not sure what to make of it (didn’t read the article).
I played six years of American Football, and only through high school. Hit hard. I think that it was unrecognized therapy for undiagnosed ADD (I’m not much of a sports fan).
I have arthritis in my neck and lower back, pain in both hips, and questionable knees (age 56).
Who do I sue? Or do I need to be a multi-millionaire to mount such an attack?

Jun 03, 2014 11:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoutherRican wrote:
Marino just wants to milk his career a little longer. Common sense tells me that hitting ones head on a regular basis is not good for one’s health. These NFL players when their young they are “Tough”, nothing can hurt them, they are reckless, they Kiss the owners bottoms. Once they get old, blow their money on partying, bad investments, girls of the night, drugs, and gentleman’s clubs, then they start having health problems. Marino had not really complained until now, guess he lost his Weight Loss, ad contract.

Jun 03, 2014 11:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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