Paris Jackson — I Got Spirit … FREE SPIRIT!

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One minute she”s a football player … the next, Paris Jackson is pom-pomming her face off on her prep school”s cheerleading squad … another sign MJ”s daughter is as free a spirit as he was.

Paris — sporting a short new “do — hit the hardwood and rooted on the Buckley School basketball team in L.A. yesterday … while hamming it up for the cameras.

It”s just the latest predictably unpredictable move for the 14-year-old … who was just playing for the school”s flag football team in 2011 — she”s kinda like “Icebox” from “Little Giants” … only WAYY more bad ass.

Besides the sports, Jackson is also an aspiring actress … political activist … model … and Bieber-enthusiast.

Funny, Michael spent so much time trying to keep his children out of the spotlight … but now, it seems she”s reveling in it.