Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn is not happy with the amount of media attention his national anthem protests have been garnering.
Quinn blasted reporters on Thursday for not covering the fact that he’s been raising his fist during the playing of the national anthem since he joined his team in the off-season.
“Y’all ignore it. 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,” Quinn said.
The 28-year-old athlete continued, “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 was referring to a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she committed when she was 16.
Quinn’s protests have received media coverage despite his recent words.
The Miami Herald and Sports Illustrated both profiled the athlete and his activism.
“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,” Quinn said to the Herald in April.
“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.”
He also told Sports Illustrated he would not stop protesting the national anthem “until they get rid of me.”
Quinn may want more media coverage of his national anthem protests — but it’s not always the best thing for a person’s career.
Colin Kaepernick received massive amounts of coverage when he started kneeling during the national anthem — and he is now having trouble finding work within the NFL.
Despite setbacks in returning to the league, though, Kaepernick has been doing just fine.
There’s a television show in development about his life, he received a massive book deal, and he controversially became one of the faces representing Nike.