SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (THECOUNT) — A San Francisco 49ers cheerleader who caused a nationwide debate after kneeling during the anthem ahead of Thursday’s football game has been identified as Kayla Morris.

Morris was captured in a controversial photo while kneeling in the second row of cheerleaders during the home game vs the Oakland Raiders at Levi’s Stadium on Thursday.


Her former teammate, Kayla Rossell told ‘I think it’s an extremely brave and courageous thing to do… and I think it’s been met with love and respect from both the Gold Rush director as well as the team itself, just based on my past experiences there. ‘If I were still cheering, I would support her 100% and am proud to call her a former teammate. I hope and pray the fans give her a similar level of love and support.’ source

Raider’s fan Lenny Herold posted a photo from the stands that instantly caught the eye of thousands of folks on social media.

The photo has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, and depicts the brunette woman, from Antioch, taking a knee while the other cheerleaders stand around honoring the flag.

The official website for the 49ers states that Morris has been a member of the Gold Rush cheerleading team for two seasons.