Over the past few years, some have taken offense to the way NFL national anthem protests have been covered. One protesting player has a different issue, according to the Miami Herald.
Miam Dolphins defensive lineman Robert Quinn protests during the national anthem by standing with one fist raised, and he expressed frustration with the media for the lack of coverage his protest is receiving.
"Y'all ignore it," Quinn said. "Because when I gave my first message on trying to bring unity, y'all swept it under the rug. It's not me. When you don't give a problematic story, y'all just ran away."
Why does Quinn protest?
Quinn's protests have been covered by Sports Illustrated and the Miami Herald over the past year. Here is the somewhat convoluted explanation he gave for the protests in April when asked by the Herald about it:
"The way America was built, and the way people talk .... The president said to build a wall to keep Mexicans out. This country was built off of — they killed Indians, built off the backs of the blacks. So yet, they tell us to keep quiet. So at the end of the day, let's confront the situation and let's bring humanity and friendship and let's get rid of all the ignorance. Let's face it head-on, let's look at each other as humans. I always live by this one law: Treat each other like you want to be treated. You don't ever want to smack someone in the face and don't expect to get smacked back. It's just that simple fact. Don't treat someone bad and expect not to be treated the same way. That's just how it is.
Thursday, Quinn referenced Cyntoia Brown, who has been sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed as a 16-year-old.
"You've got this lady named Cyntoia Brown, or whatever her name is, and you sent her to life in prison because she was being sex trafficked," Quinn said. "But yet you guys dipped."
Brown was convicted of shooting and killing a man she did not previously know who she went home with. Her advocates say she was forced into prostitution and should be granted some leniency. Prosecutors claim she intended to rob the man.
Quinn made a point to separate himself from teammates who kneel during the anthem, such as wide receiver Kenny Stills, who has gotten more media attention.
"Man, I don't have nothing to do with Kenny," Quinn told the Herald. "That ain't got nothing to do with me. All I'm saying is, my production went up because I'm just playing football and America's got a lot of problems to fix within itself. Tell America to look itself in the mirror and the people who built it."
(H/T Fox News)