National anthem singer benched
Performer says 76ers pulled her from singing in 'We Matter' jersey
A performer who was scheduled to sing the national anthem before the Philadelphia 76ers’ season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday said that she was pulled last minute because of her outfit.
Sevyn Streeter was wearing a black jersey with the words “We Matter” sprawled across the front. The singer claims just minutes before she was set to perform, the organization told Streeter that she could not sing while wearing the shirt. Instead, the Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.
The matter comes days after singer Denasia Lawrence knelt while singing the national anthem before a preseason match-up between the Miami Heat and the 76ers in Miami. Lawrence was also wearing a shirt with the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”