The attorney for Houston Oilers General Manager Ladd Herzeg says Herzeg's attempt to resign earlier this week from the National Football League team was not a ploy to circumvent a paternity suit against him.

"The truth is that Ladd offered his resignation because he was concerned about embarrassing the club," attorney Steve Underwood told the Houston Chronicle."I think much of what Ladd has tried to do has been done to limit embarrassment to all of the parties involved, including his daughter."

Joann DeNicola, 36, a Pan American flight attendant, filed a paternity and breach-of-promise lawsuit against Herzeg in Fort Bend County last month. It remains sealed under court order.

DeNicola and Herzeg have a daughter, Meghan Diane, who will be 1 year old on Sept. 13.

Underwood denied Herzeg's resignation attempt was a stunt.