Singer Claims 76ers Canceled Her Anthem Performance Because of Her ‘We Matter’ Jersey
R&B singer Sevyn Streeter says that Philadelphia 76ers personnel told her she would not be allowed to perform the National Anthem before Wednesday night’s game because she was wearing a jersey that said “We Matter.”
“I’m at the 76ers game to sing the National Anthem,” Streeter said in a Twitter video. “And the organization is telling me that I can’t because I’m wearing a ‘We Matter’ jersey.”
— Sevyn (@sevyn) October 27, 2016
ESPN spoke to Streeter, who added that she was pulled just two minutes before the scheduled performance.
“I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe.”
The 76ers declined to give a reason for the cancelation, but did issue the following statement:
“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community,” the statement said.
Jemila Worley, a 76ers dance team member, replaced Streeter at the last moment.
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