A Miami Dolphins season ticket holder who was ejected from Hard Rock Stadium is suing the team, claiming that she was ejected, in part, for kneeling during the national anthem and making derogatory remarks about Donald Trump.
A team spokesperson told the Miami Herald that Cindy Niad Hannah of Parkland was ejected from the stadium on Oct. 22 during the Dolphins-Jets game after violating the organization’s fan code of conduct.
The lawsuit claims that a Dolphins security guard breached the franchise’s ticket agreement with Niad Hannah when two people sitting nearby took exception to her kneeling during the National Anthem and to derogatory comments she made to her husband about Donald Trump. They, according to the suit, “caused (the security guard) to retaliate against (Niad Hannah) and apply selective enforcement of its alleged policies/rules against (her).”
She is asking for $10,000 in damages for “retaliating against the Plaintiff’s expression of her First Amendment rights, attorney’s fees and costs,” according to the Herald.
The lawsuit claims that the couple to Niad Hannah’s right complained to Dolphins personnel after she cited her displeasure with “(expletive) Trump” as one of the reasons she choose to kneel during the National Anthem.
A security guard allegedly requested Niad Hannah’s phone and accused her of taking photographs of the woman sitting next to her, but she refused.
Niad Hannah and her husband, who had headphones in and was unaware of the incident, were escorted out of the stadium by police officers who had been called in by the security guard.
Read more at the Miami Herald.