Now a NFL cheerleader is protesting the National Anthem.

A San Francisco 49ers cheerleader took a knee Thursday night prior to a game with the Oakland Raiders, which is likely the first known example of a cheerleader partaking in the protest.

The cheerleader was not identified, and the team has yet to comment on the matter.

The “take-a-knee” protest famously started with the 49ers when then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick dropped in protest of the American flag.

That said, only about three players are still protesting, which makes the cheerleaders’ sudden devotion to the cause a little strange.

Not to mention that, unlike players who are typically locked into expensive, multi-year contracts, cheerleaders are fairly easy to sack.

Kaepernick’s protest backfired spectacularly for the NFL; YouTube and social media were flooded with videos by long-term fans burning their team jerseys, and NFL ratings have been in free-fall ever since.

“NFL ratings are facing yet another brutal blitz this fall — and few pundits are betting that they won’t get sacked,” reported the New York Post. “With ratings having plunged 8 percent in 2016 and nearly 10 percent last year, experts say this season’s ratings could fall even faster as the league continues to grapple with a slew of ugly controversies that have turned off viewers.”


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