A Miami Dolphins fan has sued the National Football League (NFL) franchise after she was ejected from one of its games, according to The Miami Herald.
The Herald on Tuesday reported that Cindy Niad Hannah claims she was treated unfairly and ousted after she knelt during the national anthem and called President Trump ‘a-----e Trump.’
A Dolphins spokesperson said that Niad Hannah was removed from Hard Rock Stadium during the team’s Oct. 22 game for repeatedly violating the fan code of conduct.
Niad Hannah’s lawsuit states that the team told her husband they were booted because of “her use of curse words in violation of (franchise) rules.”
“The actions by the Dolphins security guard … constituted a breach by the Dolphins of their ticket agreement with (Niad Hannah),” the suit filed in Florida’s Broward County says.
“In retaliation of (Niad Hannah’s) kneeling and speaking to her husband derogatorily about Donald Trump, the two people sitting to the right of (Niad Hannah) caused Defendant to retaliate against (Niad Hannah) and apply selective enforcement of its alleged policies/rules against (Niad Hannah).”
Niad Hannah is a Parkland woman and a 33-year member of the Florida Bar who is representing herself.
The Dolphins season ticket holder is asking for $10,000 in damages for “retaliating against the Plaintiff’s expression of her First Amendment rights, attorney’s fees and costs.”
Niad Hannah’s suit adds that when her husband asked her why she knelt during the anthem, she responded that she was showing support for the players and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
Wilson publicly sparred with Trump last month after she accused him of speaking callously to the widow of a fallen soldier.
Army Sgt. La David Johnson was killed in Niger on Oct. 4, and Wilson said Trump told his widow that he “knew what he signed up for” during an Oct. 16 condolence call.
Scores of NFL players have knelt during the anthem this year after Trump called for those who do so to be fired in September.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began performing the display in 2016 to demonstrate against America’s racial injustice.
We asked veterans how they really feel about the NFL anthem protests.