The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that legendary NFL quarterback Dan Marino had joined 14 other players to sue the league about treatment of concussions during their playing days.
By Tuesday, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale had spoken to Marino and he intends to walk away from the lawsuit.
Marino told Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel: “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 lawsuit was filed in federal court last week in Philadelphia. The suit already has more than 4,500 players, including Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon and Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett. The suit accuses the NFL of “carelessness, negligence (and) intentional misconduct” involving concussions.