Sixers Nix Anthem Singer Because Of ‘We Matter’ Shirt
October 27 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
The Philadelphia 76ers and R&B recording artist Sevyn Streeter agreed that she would sing the National Anthem before Wednesday night's season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. She didn't.
"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," Streeter told ESPN. "I was never given any kind of dress code, I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."
So what was the shirt that had the team's front office clutching their pearls? A tank-top that read "We Matter." Of course.
Here's how the Sixers rationalized their decision to pull the plug on Seyvn's pregame performance: "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."
Thanks for clarifying your position on peaceful social justice-themed apparel with a vague P.R. statement that in no way explains why you consider a "We Matter" shirt unacceptable, you guys. We were just starting to feel bad for you after the whole Ben Simmons injury thing and now you go and do this under the veil of "bringing people together." Glad we can go back to pointing and laughing at your organization's unparalleled track record of awful judgment.
Meanwhile, this guy gets to do wear two birds on his hands with impunity. Unreal.