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Sevyn Streeter Says The 76ers Denied Her From Singing National Anthem Over "We Matter" Jersey
// Added Oct 28, 2016
Sevyn Streeter says the 76ers prevented her from singing the national anthem on Wednesday because she wore a jersey that read ‘We Matter.’
She was slated to sing before the 76ers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but she said in an interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday that she was told she would not sing just minutes before her performance.
"I'd say two minutes before we were about to walk out ... the organization told me that I could not wear my shirt while singing the national anthem at their game,'' the R&B singer said by phone. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."
The Philadelphia 76ers eventually apologized to singer Sevyn Streeter, who said the organization canceled her scheduled performance of the national anthem at the last minute.
"We are sorry that this happened,” the organization stated. “After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing. We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back."