A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held

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Cheerleader kneels during national anthem ahead of 49ers, Raiders game

November 02, 2018 - 2:05 pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (1010 WINS) -- It's not just football players taking a knee before NFL games.

A San Francisco 49ers cheerleader kneeled during the national anthem on Thursday night, before the team's game against the Oakland Raiders.

Colin Kaepernick started the movement during the 2016 preseason, while playing for the 49ers. Eric Reid and other NFL players followed suit in a bid to protest social injustices faced by minorities -- particularly when dealing with police.

Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both took a knee ahead of a game against Tampa Bay earlier this season, while Robert Quinn raised a clenched fist. That protest prompted a South Florida police union to urge members to boycott future games, CBS News reported.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract in 2017, he has yet to be signed by an NFL team.

To this point the protest has not been limited to players. In 2017, anthem singer Meghan Linsey

The 49ers have not commented on the cheerleader's actions, but team owner Jed York has been supportive of protests in the past.