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San Francisco 49ers cheerleader kneels during the national anthem

Posted at 12:17 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 12:36:13-04

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The NFL "take a knee" controversy took a surprising turn during Thursday night's match between the San Francisco 49'ers and the LA Raiders.

A cheerleader for the 49ers was standing in formation with the others when she suddenly took a knee.

The cheerleader has not been identified.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked the wave of protests two seasons ago when he took a knee to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

The 49ers said they did not have a comment on the matter at this time.