Sat 17 Dec 2016
It was time for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers franchise to redeem themselves. Sevyn Streeter got to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Friday night (Dec. 16), wearing her black “We Matter” jersey which was the center of controversy two months ago. Back in October, the R&B singer was set to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Sixers game, when her performance was cancelled die to her jersey.
After much backlash, the team later apologized and invited Streeter back, as sang before the Sixers matchup vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. “Great feeling it is to return to the @sixers arena & sing the national anthem in my #WEMATTER jersey Thanks to everyone for your love & supprt,” said Sevyn on Instagram.
Moments before hitting center court, Sevyn spoke with ESPN about returning to sing and what it means to wear the jersey. “I’m feeling great,” she said. “I’m happy that we were able to turn an unfortunate situation into something positive. I’m singing the anthem tonight. I’m wearing my ‘We Matter’ jersey. I was just able to play with kids from the Boys & Girls Club…I feel awesome. I think that me saying ‘We Matter’ and me singing the anthem, there’s no conflict in the two for me. I love my country. When you love something so much, you just want it to be better.”
Continue after the jump….