Singer Claims Her ‘We Matter’ Jersey Got Anthem Performance Nixed

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"I'm at the 76ers game singing the national anthem and the organization is telling me I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," Sevyn said.

 

Yet another controversy involving sports and the national anthem emerged when singer Sevyn Streeter claimed Philadelphia 76ers canceled her performance at the last moment because her of her jersey.

It read "We Matter."

Sevyn, who is black, complained about the alleged incident in a short video posted to her Twitter account.

"I'm at the 76ers game singing the national anthem and the organization is telling me I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," she said.

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"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,'' she told ESPN. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."

The incident comes amid a series of protests in sports against the national anthem, which were started by the San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in September when he knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Despite massive outrage over his refusal to stand during the national anthem, Kaepernick has continued his silent protest.

While speaking to ESPN, Streeter echoed Kaepernick’s sentiments.

"I also felt it was important to express the ongoing challenges and ongoing injustice we face as a black community within the United States of America — that's very important to me," she said. "Yes, we live in the greatest country in the world, but there are issues that we cannot ignore. This can't be ignored."

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