Robert Quinn Hoping Bears Can Make a Difference

The Bears cancelled their Thursday practice and new teammate Robert Quinn was impressed with the team's ability to unite in support of Jacob Blake.
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Robert Quinn has started to make an impact on the Bears, after coming up with two sacks Saturday in his first real extensive scrimmage action this training camp.

His new team has made an impact on him since he arrived, and not all of it has to do with football.

"You know, walking in you see how serious they are on the field but when guys needed to step up that's, you know, how they are off the field," Quinn said.

The off-field situation was Thursday's decisions after a meeting by players to cancel practice due to the situation in Kenosha regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

"You know, it's real life for people that look like me as long as it's been going on, so you know to have guys that've been here and the position that they're in to step up and play the roles they play, you know I can only get behind the guys and support them because it's not like we're begging or pleading because we shouldn't have to beg or plead about no vibe," Quinn said. "It's more about this time enough's enough.

"And at the point I guess from what that took away from the guys, we made the point enough is enough so it's time to take action and so I guess that would be just heartwarming."

The Bears held the meeting to cancel practice on Thursday, but did no interviews about the decision at the time. The organization later put out a statement about it.

Nagy on Saturday called the meeting another unifying situation, not unlike the offseason virtual meeting following the George Floyd killing.

"I think we're at a point collectively as strong as we've ever been together and united," Nagy said. "It's nothing but love right now for us. You just feel it. I don't know any other way to express that."

Quinn has long been trying to push for awareness and a stop to police brutality toward black people. He was among players who staged earlier protests during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

"I mean, what happened in Kenosha is nothing, if you really take the scenario of Kenosha and look at American history," Quinn said. "That's American history for you.

"People that look like me that have been hunted for a long time, we've been forced into, you know, basically illegal slavery you know for that time, you know the quote, unquote laws that make it legal. So again, you know people that look like me, this Kenosha thing this ain't no one-time incident, it's over 500 years of American history that we try to make."

One phrase in particular from Quinn explained his view of kneeling during the anthem.

"So why am I supposed to sit there and defend the flag that don't defend me? You know what I mean?" he said.

The Bears as an organization went through another difficult time after the practice cancellation when Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher made a statement on Instagram about the situation involving Blake.

"Brett Favre played the MNF game the day his dad died, threw 4 TDs in the first half, and was a legend for playing in the face of adversity. NBA players boycott the playoffs because a dude reaching for a knife, wanted on a felony sexual assault warrant, was shot by police."

After the comment by Urlacher, his former teammate Matt Forte said via twitter the comment was "... void of empathy, compassion, wisdom and coherence. But full of pride and ignorance! I pray for those who have been blinded by their wealth, privilege and earthly fame that breeds arrogance in their hearts."

Quinn's teammate, Danny Trevathan, said he felt if he had the ability to have a conversation with Urlacher he could explain the entire situation better.

"I value everyone's life," Trevathan said. "If you commit a crime, you should not be charged with death as a punishment. I feel like we need to work on the system."

Quinn called the situation intolerable.

"You train to serve and protect and your first instinct is to shoot and kill, then you don’t serve and protect me. You just hunting us," Quinn said. "So at the point of this time with Black–if you want to be honest, I’ve been debating about this, it’s either Malcolm or Martin Luther. And at this point we’ve been going Martin Luther King for a while.

"I understand why Malcolm said an eye for an eye now. Because you can’t go to the people that shoot you down and ask for change. You gotta take change yourself." 

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