PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Sevyn Streeter performed the national anthem wearing a “We Matter” jersey before the Philadelphia 76ers’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
The R&B artist had been scheduled to sing before the 76ers’ home opener in October, but was scratched by the team two minutes before the performance because she was wearing a “We Matter” T-shirt.
The organization, following backlash from players and other members of the organization, apologized to Streeter two days later and invited her to sing at a future game.
Streeter came to center court on Friday in a black jersey with the words “We Matter” above the No. 7. She received applause upon her introduction and cheers when she completed the song.
“I was so nervous. My heart was beating so fast, but I’m glad I got to perform the National Anthem and in my “We Matter” jersey,” Streeter told Eyewitness News.
Sevyn says she’s put the controversy behind her and is moving forward, proud to stand true to her values.
“I love my country. I want to say that, but I want it to be better for everyone. That’s what this jersey means to me.”
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