Lions' Quin disappointed God comments taken out of context

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Glover Quin

Allen Park — In the wake of Monday's comments about fate and Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson's season-ending injury, Lions safety Glover Quin remained firm Tuesday.

Quin lamented that some of his comments were taken out of context, with the unintended interpretation that Nelson's injury was somehow a punishment from God.

Asked about whether the preseason was too long and that injuries such as Nelson's could be prevented by reducing the number of preseason games, Quin said that he believed injuries are predestined and that players have little control over them.

"Injuries are going to happen. The same way Jordy got hurt — I hate that Jordy got hurt — but in my beliefs, God meant for Jordy to get hurt," Quin said Monday. "If he wouldn't have gotten hurt today, if he wouldn't have played in that game, if he wouldn't have practiced anymore and the next time he walked on the field would have been opening day, I feel like he would have gotten hurt opening day."

Earlier in his comments, Quin indicated that he was sad to see that Nelson was injured and that he wanted to play the Packers at full strength.

"I'm a player so I definitely hate to see something like that happen. I'm a competitor as well, so when you play you want to compete at the highest level. Jordy Nelson is a great guy and makes that team better.

"When you play (the Packers), you want to compete against Jordy and beat them. You hate that for Jordy."

Quin stood by his comments on Tuesday, reiterating that in his faith, he believes in God having lessons for players through adversity.

"I didn't wish bad on Jordy; I spent five minutes saying how I had sympathy for Jordy. I felt bad for Jordy; I feel bad for anybody that gets injured like this in the NFL," Quin said Tuesday. "No way did I say anything bad about Jordy. I didn't say God hates Jordy. I didn't say any of that stuff. I do believe in my heart of hearts that what is meant to be will be — that's what I believe; that's the way I live my life.

"Things happen to me good or bad and I say, 'OK, what does God want me to learn from this?'

"I've been in bad situations; I've had serious injuries; I've had all types of stuff happen to me. I believe what is meant to be will be. God is in control and that's my belief. That doesn't have to be your belief or anybody else's belief. I don't understand why everybody jumps on everybody for what they believe."

Lions coach Jim Caldwell backed Quin, as well, pointing to the overall message in context, rather than focusing on an excerpt of the statement.

"The young man did a very good job of explaining himself and it just so happened that a few people decided to make the headlines a little bit more explosive," Caldwell said Tuesday. "If they would have taken what he said into context and written it as such, it wouldn't be such a big issue."

The firestorm started on Twitter, where several fans, including Brian Baumgartner, who played Kevin Malone on "The Office," took a swipe at Quin's comments.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also retweeted another comment by Baumgartner about the Quin issue: