Days after pulling Sevyn Streeter’s scheduled performance of the national anthem because she wore a shirt that said “We Matter,” the team has issued an apology and invited her back to sing it before another game.
“We are sorry that this happened. After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing,” the team said in a statement issued Friday.
“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.”
Just as Streeter was about to walk onto the court to sing the anthem before the season-opener for both the 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia staffers told her that she couldn’t sing while wearing a jersey bearing the phrase “We Matter.”
A team dancer was the last-minute fill-in for Streeter.
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