Sevyn Streeter Pulled From Sixers National Anthem Over Jersey

Sevyn Streeter

Singer Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers' opener on Wednesday (Oct. 26), but was pulled last minute.

Why? She says it was over a "We Matter" jersey she was wearing.

"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," Streeter told ESPN. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."

She echoed this same explanation on social media.

The 76ers have not offered an explanation for the cancelation, but told ESPN this: "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."

Streeter says she was saddened by how the events unfolded. "I was angry, extremely, extremely angry, and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it," she said. "It broke my heart. Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

Since Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem at an NFL game in August, it has become a point of controversy, with both athletes and performers taking a knee, rather than stand for the nation's anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", as a protest against police brutality and social injustice.