Sevyn Streeter, a native Philadelphia singer-songwriter, was supposed to celebrate the return of the NBA season by singing the national anthem at the first Philadelphia 76ers game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But when she showed up in a black jersey that read “We Matter,” the 76ers organization told her she could no longer sing in front of the crowd.
Streeter claims that this bogus for a number of reasons. First, because the NBA just launched a “Together” campaign that advocated for racial equality and togetherness. Second, because she was never asked for a wardrobe check or anything of the sort ahead of time. Third, because she was never given a dress code or anything of the sort.
The 76ers gave this official response to USA Today Sports:
“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.”
Here’s a photo of Sevyn Streeter in her outfit. Honestly, we can’t see the issue here.
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