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Sixers pull Sevyn Streeter's national anthem performance because she wore a 'We Matter' jersey



Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem in the 76ers' season opening game with OKC but minutes before she was supposed to start, she was told that she wouldn't be allowed to sing in the shirt. Instead, they had a dance team member take her place.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry, and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,'' she said. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The team wouldn't comment on their reasoning for cancelling her performance but released this statement: "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 NBA had no comment.

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