Singer Sevyn Streeter was supposed to perform the national anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers home opener this evening, but instead, a member of the Sixers’ dance team took the microphone before the game. Some fans were confused, and shortly after the game tipped off, Streeter posted a video claiming that the Sixers had canceled her appearance over her black jersey reading “WE MATTER.”
As Liberty Ballers reported, Streeter had been scheduled to sing the anthem, and she sent a promotional tweet a few hours before the game. A national anthem performer knelt while she sang at a Sixers preseason game last Friday in Miami.
When asked for comment on this specific situation, Sixers PR released 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.