A singer says the 76ers wouldn't let her sing the national anthem.
R&B singer Sevyn Streeter, who has written songs for Chris Brown and Usher, was scheduled to sing the national anthem ahead of the 76ers season opener against the Thunder on Wednesday night. According to Street, she was prevented from doing so due to her "We Matter" jersey.
According to the Associated Press, the decision came just moments before Streeter was set to take the court:
"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," the R&B singer said by phone. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."
The national anthem and the actions during the song have been in the middle of news for months now following Colin Kaepernick taking a knee ahead of a 49ers game while the anthem was being played.
The 76ers ultimately had a member of their dance team sing the national anthem. The Thunder knocked off the 76ers 103-97.