49ers Cheerleader Kneels During National Anthem At Raiders Game
An unidentified San Francisco 49ers cheerleader dropped to her knee Thursday night during the U.S. national anthem, in what appears to be the first public protest by an NFL cheerleader.
— Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) November 2, 2018
While the rest of the cheerleading squad stood in unison during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” one woman knelt down and put her hands on her hips.
The woman pictured kneeling ahead of the 49ers’ matchup against the Oakland Raiders has yet to be identified.
The movement then spread around the league and took several different forms, with some choosing to link arms in solidarity rather than kneel.
So my friend dressed her kid up as Colin Kaepernick for Halloween. pic.twitter.com/8ldSl8La6T
— ▫️▫️▫️ (@sncerelyharmony) October 29, 2018
The policy would fine players who chose to sit or kneel during the pre-game performance. The NFL put the policy on hold for the 2018 season to allow for further discussion between the league and the union, the NFL Players Association.