The Philadelphia 76ers have apologized to Sevyn Streeter and invited her to sing the National Anthem on a different night.
Streeter was slated to sing the National Anthem at the 76ers home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. Minutes before her performance, Streeter was informed she would not be singing, presumably because she was wearing a jersey with the words, “We Matter”, written on it.
“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,” read a statement released by the team. “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.”
“I didn’t think it was right,” said Sixers guard, Gerald Henderson. “We talked about it and collectively we thought that was the best decision [to let her sing in the future]. We felt like she should have been able to sing, and for whatever reasons, that didn’t happen. I think it is a good idea to reach out to her, and hopefully she can come back and sing her song.”
“Coach [Brett] Brown came to us and allowed us to come up with an idea of what to do,” said forward, Jerami Grant. “He gets it. He knows how we feel about this, he knows me and a couple other guys didn’t like what happened with the decision not to allow her to sing.