PHILADELPHIA — It's doubtful Philadelphia 76ers fans have any problem with what Sevyn Streeter wears in her music videos.
But what she planned to wear on the court to sing the national anthem before Wednesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder may have cost her a gig mintues before Streeter was supposed to perform.
“I’m at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem and the organization is telling me that i can’t because I’m wearing a 'We Matter' jersey,” the singer said in a Twitter video.
We matter? As in Black lives matter? Apparently, that’s a foul in Philly.
The Sixers didn’t directly explain why Streeter’s performance was cancelled but did put out a statement saying: “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.”
A cheerleader got roped in as a last minute sub-in for the anthem, and the Twitterverse went on the warpath.
Not only did the 76ers lose the game 97-103, but they took one on the chin too.