Sevyn Streeter Not Allowed To Sing National Anthem Due To “We Matter” Jersey

October 27, 2016  |  

Lately, there have been a number of social justice demonstrations on the basketball court, from Leah Tysse kneeling during the Sacramento Kings basketball game to Denasia Lawrence kneeling with a Black Lives Matter t-shirt on as she sang the Star Spangled Banner at the last preseason game between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.

But last night, Sevyn Streeter never got a chance to make her statement, as the singer says she was pulled from singing the National Anthem at the season opener game between the Sixers and the Oklahoma Thunder because she wore a jersey that read “We Matter.”

Sevyn shared the story in a short clip on Instagram and later told the Associated Press:

“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. I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe.”

Because of Sevyn’s shirt, the 76ers chose Jemila Worley, a Sixers dance team member, to take the R&B singers place.

“I was angry, extremely, extremely angry, and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart. Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.”

The NBA declined to comment on the incident at all while the 76ers skirted the issue with this 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.”


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