Sevyn Streeter Was Reportedly Prohibited From Singing the National Anthem Because of Her 'We Matter' Jersey

Sevyn Streeter claims 76ers officials wouldn't let her sing the National Anthem because of her "We Matter" jersery.

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Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to perform at the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game Wednesday night. But just minutes before she was set to sing the National Anthem, Streeter said her performance was canceled. Why? Because she was wearing a jersey that read “We Matter.”

The 30-year-old R&B singer went to social media to briefly explain the situation. In a 10-second video, she says Sixers officials told her she was prohibited from performing because of the message emblazoned on her jersey. She has yet to provide further details; however, this information was enough to enrage the Twittersphere.

Y'all fake for not letting Sevyn Streeter sing the anthem because she was wearing a WE Matter jersey. Shame on you 76ers.

— TrillScott (@Beautiful_L) October 27, 2016

They really wouldn't let Sevyn Streeter sing the National Anthem because she had on a "We Matter" jersey? That just goes to show...

— sango 🍒 (@hayilaawashere) October 27, 2016

their loss Sevyn Streeter voice>

— Ishara (@kayaishara) October 27, 2016

Much love to you my sister @sevyn as far as I'm concern, I hope the @Sixers lost every damn game this season. #sixers ✊🏿 #sevynstreeter

— أمير عبد الصبور (@DrRashonneCurry) October 27, 2016

Was lookin forward to @sevyn singing so i pressed record only to find out she can't because of what her shirt says #sevynstreeter not cool

— najiee (@najieec) October 27, 2016

The incident comes just days after singer Leah Tysse took a knee during her performance of the National Anthem at the Sacramento Kings preseason game.

“I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed, and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability," Tysse wrote on Facebook. “The sad reality is, as a white American, I am bestowed a certain privilege in this nation that is not enjoyed by all people. Black families are having much different conversations with their children about how to interact with the police than white families. Let’s be honest. Until we can recognize that white privilege exists we cannot have a dialogue about race.”

On Oct. 21, Denasia Lawrence made headlines when she, too, knelt while singing the National Anthem at a Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers game. Lawrence was wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt at the time.

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