Dan Marino's inclusion in a concussion-related lawsuit, it turned out, was almost as long as his tenure as the Miami Dolphins' senior vice president of football operations.
The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Marino was one of 15 players who joined up to sue the NFL over the issue of concussions suffered during their NFL playing careers.
But on Tuesday, Marino apparently had a change of heart. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Marino is seeking to remove his name from the suit. The explanation?
“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,” a source told the newspaper.
That explanation doesn't really hold water, if Marino — or his legal team — at all have followed the NFL concussion settlement. As a former player, Marino automatically would be eligible to receive settlement money when it is finalized.
Whether he is suing or not, Marino is swept into the overall settlement, as are all retired players. Can collect as plaintiff or not.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) June 3, 2014
Marino could be withdrawn from the lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, per the report, and Marino and his lawyers are trying to figure out how his name was attached to the litigation.
So basically, Marino wanted to be protected financially — and quietly so — without the public backlash. Although many famous players have joined similar lawsuits against the league, Marino's name carries a significant amount of weight because of his Pro Football Hall of Fame playing career and regular TV presence the past 12 years as an analyst on CBS.
Marino played from 1983-99 with the Dolphins, making nine Pro Bowls and being named All-Pro three times. He was hired by the team in 2004 as its senior VP of football operations but stepped down a few weeks later after having second thoughts. Marino was with the CBS pregame show from 2002 through the 2013 season but will not be brought back this coming season.
It is not clear if Marino signed any legal documents that bound him to the lawsuit, but it's clear that he wants out now. There had been some rumblings that Marino was interested in rejoining the Dolphins in some capacity — and some have speculated that is perhaps why he chose to withdraw from the lawsuit.
People close to Dan Marino were concerned his conversations with CEO Tom Garfinkel about a position with Dolphins jeopardized by NFL lawsuit— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 3, 2014
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