"It's not to cause a scene," Quinn said Monday after practice. "To me, it's more awareness and a sense don't forget where you come from."
For Quinn, raising a fist represents more than a protest.
"It's… not only just a stance but an appreciation to honestly the ancestors that made the way for and gave opportunities for me and others that came along the way," Quinn said. "It's more of an appreciation and a stance that not all has been forgotten."
Quinn said he discussed raising a fist with coach Sean McVay to ensure he would not become a distraction. McVay, like former coach
"I've got a lot of respect for what the national anthem represents for our country but everybody has their own reasons or certain beliefs," McVay said. "I think you want to be respectful and mindful of that but I think we want to allow guys to express themselves in whatever way they see fit.
"And Robert's a guy that's well thought through. As long as it's respectful then I think everybody's entitled to handle it the way they want to."
Times staff writer Gary Klein contributed to this report