October 28, 2016


Philadelphia 76ers Apologize to Sevyn Streeter Following National Anthem Backlash

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Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Music Choice

The Philadelphia 76ers have now apologized to Sevyn Streeter after not allowing her to perform the national anthem due to her "We Matter" jersey. The NBA team issued a statement explaining that they made the wrong decision:

"We are sorry that this happened. 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.”

Sevyn was scheduled to perform the national anthem on Oct. 26, but told fans on Twitter they wouldn't let her sing. "I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," she explained in the video. The artist was then replaced by a member of the Sixers dance team.

The singer later told ESPN the choice was made just a few minutes prior to the 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,'' Sevyn said. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."

The 76ers' apology seems like an attempt to clean up their initial statement that supported the mind-boggling decision. “We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities," they said. "As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”

Below, watch Sevyn Streeter talk to Fuse about her Girl Disrupted album and overcoming a breakup: