By Michael Donovan
The Sixers created an avoidable controversy just before last night’s season opener against the Thunder when they bounced the scheduled singer of the national anthem because of what she was wearing!
Sevyn Streeter was wearing a black jersey with the words “We Matter” sprawled across the front.
“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,” the R&B singer told the Associated Press. “I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe.”
The 76ers promoted her appearance before the game offering fans a chance to sit with her courtside during the third quarter.
The Sixers issued a statement on the situation, but declined to say why Streeter’s performance was canceled:
“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 Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.
Streeter has written songs for Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and other stars. In 2013, she had a Top 40 hit with “It Won’t Stop,” a duet with Brown that reached RIAA gold status.
The singer, born Amber Denise Streeter, said she was very hurt by the NBA team’s actions.
“I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,” she said. “Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.”