The Philadelphia 76ers publicly apologized Friday to Sevyn Streeter, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem before the team’s season opener Wednesday. The 76ers canceled her appearance just before tip-off because she was wearing a jersey that read “We Matter.”
Streeter told the Associated Press that team officials told her she couldn’t wear the jersey about two minutes before she was scheduled to sing the anthem Wednesday. A member of the 76ers’ dance team sang the anthem instead.
“I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,” Streeter told the AP. “Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.”