76ers Apologize to Sevyn Streeter and Invite Her Back to Sing National Anthem

The 76ers have issued an apology to Sevyn Streeter for canceling her national anthem performance and invited her back to sing it.

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The 76ers have formally apologized to Sevyn Streeter, the R&B singer who was scheduled to sing the national anthem before Philadelphia's season opener against the Thunder on Wednesday night. According to the singer, the Sixers pulled the plug on her performance after they found out she was going to wear a jersey that said "We Matter" on the front of it.

Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey pic.twitter.com/wjoJN3rq0r

— Sevyn (@sevyn) October 27, 2016

It led to a lot of backlash from angry fans, and ultimately, it forced the team to issue an apology. The Sixers have also reportedly invited Streeter back to sing the national anthem before a game of her choice at some time in the near future:

After significant backlash, the Sixers have apologized to singer Sevyn Streeter, invited her back to sing anthem at the game of her choice.

— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) October 28, 2016

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the team said they thought twice about canceling Streeter's performance after getting feedback from "our players, basketball operations staff, and ownership group." They also said "Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing." You can read the full statement below:

#sixers released a statement apologizing for preventing singer Sevyn Streeter from singing national anthem because of her "We Matter" shirt. pic.twitter.com/BPebxGaZWk

— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) October 28, 2016

The Sixers are currently waiting to hear back from Streeter. She has not revealed whether or not she will take the team up on their new offer.

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