76ers Issue Apology to Singer Whose Anthem Performance Was Canceled Over ‘We Matter’ Jersey
On Wednesday night, R&B singer Sevyn Streeter was denied the chance to perform the National Anthem before a Philadelphia 76ers game because she was wearing a “We Matter” jersey.
Friday, the Sixers issued a statement of apology — which is shared in full below via ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne.
Statement from 76ers on the Sevyn Streeter’s anthem situation pic.twitter.com/7WZZAzCtG5
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 28, 2016
“After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made and Seyvn should have been welcomed to sing,” the statement read.
An Associated Press report said that the players discussed the situation in a team meeting on Thursday, and were considering a response.
“Everybody expressed their emotions about it,” said 76ers player Robert Covington. “We want to take steps about it. We just don’t know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things.”
The team invited Streeter to return and perform at a future home game. Streeter, who tweeted out a video immediately after she was denied the chance to sing, has yet to respond to the Sixers, or comment via social media.
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