Dan Marino Says He Sued The NFL By Accident, Withdrawing Lawsuit

Yesterday, word made its way out that Dan Marino would join a suit against the NFL over the effects of brain trauma suffered during his career. Today, word from the Sun Sentinel is, Whoops, my bad guys.

Marino and his attorneys say they're trying to figure out just how this happened, but the reason he is associated with this at all speaks to an issue with how these lawsuits are playing out:

"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 said to the Sun-Sentinel.

This is an important point. If Marino, who reported two concussions during his playing career, wants to ensure he will be covered in the event symptoms present, but doesn't exhibit any just yet, he doesn't really have a good recourse here. And that's what's at the heart of the problems with the $765 million settlement, which is meant to be a slush fund for all future claimants. You're left with guys in Marino's position, who aren't trying to sue just yet, but are worried about degenerative symptoms at a far earlier age than is usual—Marino is just 52—enough to be anxious to get their hat in the ring as soon as they need to.

[Sun Sentinel]

Dan Marino Sues NFL Over Concussions

Noted jury-duty-skipper and production-assistant-humper Dan Marino, as well as 14 more former players, joined the more than 5,000 players suing the NFL over the effects of concussions during their time in the league.

Marino and the other players signing on is a relative drop in the bucket, but it's part of an ongoing effort to add enough plaintiffs to demonstrate that the $765 million settlement will be insufficient to cover the claims of all current and future claimants. This suit appears to be separate from the consolidated suit, but Marino is represented by one of the lead attorneys from that case.

In the broader context of NFL brain injury payouts, news like this is always mixed. On one hand, it means that more players are being educated and involved in the science of what playing football actually did. It also goes a little further toward the NFL being made to carve out the full pound of flesh it owes, for those interested in that. But many of the original claimants here need the money from their settlements now, or more realistically, years ago. The longer this draws out—and it's looking more and more likely that there will be a few more acts before this all plays out—the more time passes that the people who who could really use their settlement money aren't getting it.

[L.A. Times]