An­them singer booted from Six­ers game

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dan Gel­ston By The As­so­ci­ated Press

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Philadel­phia 76ers na­tional an­them singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not per­form be­cause of her “We Mat­ter” jer­sey.

She was sched­uled to sing be­fore the Six­ers’ sea­son opener Wed­nes­day against the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der.

Streeter wrote on Twit­ter, “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.

The Six­ers de­clined to say why Streeter’s per­for­mance was canceled.

“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,” the Six­ers said in a state­ment.

The Six­ers had a mem­ber of their dance team sing the an­them.

This isn’t the first time the Six­ers were dragged into a na­tional an­them con­tro­versy.

A woman per­form­ing the na­tional an­them be­fore an NBA pre­sea­son game in Mi­ami did so while kneel­ing at mid­court.

De­na­sia Lawrence opened her jacket just be­fore she started to sing, re­veal­ing a “Black Lives Mat­ter” shirt, then dropped to her left knee and per­formed the song. She said it was her way of protest­ing racial op­pres­sion.

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