Woah. R&B singer Sevyn Streeter revealed that she wasn’t allowed to sing the National Anthem at the 76ers game on Oct. 26, claiming it was all because she wanted to wear a ‘we matter’ jersey during her highly anticipated performance. Get the shocking details here.
Sevyn Streeter, 30, felt beyond disappointed that she couldn’t sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Philadelphia 76ers season opener game on Oct. 26 — only because she was taking a stand for a cause she believed in. The “We Can’t Stop” songstress took to Instagram to voice her frustrations, writing, “I was supposed to sing the national anthem at the @sixers and @okcthunder game in #Philly but minutes before @sixers organization said I could not because I was wearing a ‘We Matter’ jersey. WTF!” She was reportedly stopped two minutes before taking the stage, leading the organization to ask Jemila Worley, a member of the dance team, to sing instead.
Since the controversial ordeal, new shocking details have surfaced. Sources close to the 76ers told USWeekly that Sevyn made a deal about her attire ahead of her performance. “We had a contract that she signed, including what we call the ‘Janet Jackson clause’ that gives us the right to review costumes ahead of time,” insiders said. They also noted how the team and organization are more open-minded than they may seem. “We took a lot of time with our players and what we as an organization wanted to do [in response to the national anthem protests.] The players picked an organization and donated $10,000 because they want to make a difference. They hope she uses this incident because she has a great platform. Go use it for good change.”
Sevyn later came forward with her side of the story, revealing that she was “honestly brought to tears by all of it.” The star continued to share with the Associated Press, saying, “It broke my heart. Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.” The national anthem protests have become a recurring theme this year, after football star Colin Kaepernick took a knee as part of a racially charged movement. He explained, “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
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