Sevyn to Sing 76ers National Anthem in 'We Matter' Jersey

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Singer Sevyn Streeter attends the 2016 Billboard Power 100 Celebration at Bouchon on February 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers announced Saturday they have invited Sevyn Streeter back to sing the national anthem. 

Bleacher Report's Howard Beck shared statements from the team and Streeter:

Howard Beck @HowardBeck

The @Sixers have invited @sevyn back to sing the anthem on Dec. 16. She will perform wearing her "We Matter" jersey. https://t.co/zl7z88RECl

Streeter will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Philadelphia's Dec. 16 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. She will also be allowed to wear a jersey bearing the phrase "We Matter."

She was originally supposed to sing prior to the Sixers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 26, but the team prevented her from doing so:

Sevyn @sevyn

Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey https://t.co/wjoJN3rq0r

CBS Philly's Jan Carabeo reported the contract Streeter signed with Philadelphia stipulated she couldn't make political statements during her performance. Streeter also reportedly declined to exchange her jersey with a shirt provided by the team.

Sixers guard Gerald Henderson was critical of the team's decision, per ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk:

I didn't think it was right. 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.

The Sixers issued a statement apologizing to Streeter on Oct. 28, saying in part, "We believe that the wrong decision was made," per NBA.com.


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