SANTA CLARA (CBS SAN FRANCISCO) — An unidentified cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers was photographed kneeling during the national anthem at Thursday evening’s “Battle of the Bay” between the Oakland Raiders and the Niners at Levi’s Stadium.

A San Francisco 49ers cheerleader was seen taking a knee during the National Anthem. (CBS News)

“I just thought it was peaceful, respectful, constitutionally-protected free speech,” remarked Lenny Herrold, a fan in the stands whose photo of the cheerleader was one of several that went viral on social media.

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