A cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers appeared to kneel during the US national anthem at an NFL game on Thursday, echoing recent player protests.
The woman, who has not been identified, was pictured kneeling before the team's game against the Oakland Raiders.
The 49ers are the former team of Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the anthem as a protest back in 2016.
His aim was to highlight police brutality against African‑Americans.
If confirmed, it would be the first time an NFL cheerleader has protested in this way, although five members of a college team in Georgia did so last year.
NFL protests began in 2016, when Kaepernick ‑ then the 49ers' quarterback ‑ refused to stand for the anthem.
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