San Francisco 49ers

Woman in red and white cheerleader uniform kneeling while flanked by other women in similar uniforms on green grass with gold paint in front of stadium with red seats and blue sky

49ers Cheerleader Kneels During National Anthem

Many assumed it was a continuation of the protest that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016.

Cam Newton in white jersey with black and blue lettering next to Colin Kaepernick in red jersey with white lettering

What's Up With Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton's Expressions in This Pic?

Social media users and sports commentators alike struggled to understand the now-viral pic, with many speculating that the quarterbacks’ expressions embodied an exchange on their seemingly opposite views on racism in America.

Black women in black cheerleading attire kneeling on green and white football field sideline

Howard University Cheerleaders Kneel During Anthem at Nation's Classic

The cheerleaders, like an entire Seattle high school’s football team and a legion of professional athletes, embraced Colin Kaepernick’s protest of choice over the weekend.