Sevyn Streeter accepts Sixers’ apology; will perform national anthem in December: Team


Sevyn Streeter will sing the national anthem in front of Philadelphia 76ers fans after all.

After being booted from performing at the team’s Oct. 26 home opener because she was wearing a “We Matter” shirt, Streeter will sing prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 16, the singer and the team announced Saturday.

“After thoughtful conversation, the 76ers and Sevyn Streeter have worked together to develop a plan we hope will bring meaningful action to the Philadelphia community,” the Sixers said in a statement. “She will also be joining the organization in our ongoing efforts in the community by partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. Additionally, the Sixers will make a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.”

The team received an outpouring of outrage after Streeter posted a video about the incident on social media that went viral with more than 24,000 retweets. The Sixers issued an apology on Oct. 28, but no response was heard from Streeter until Saturday’s statement.

“After a meaningful dialogue with the 76ers organization, I have accepted their apology. In order to move forward, it was important to me that we take action and use this as an opportunity to create positive change and dialogue throughout the community,” Streeter said. “The Sixers and I plan to work together through multiple community outreach programs to promote inclusion and acceptance.

“I am also looking forward to returning to Philadelphia in December to perform the national anthem wearing my ‘We Matter’ jersey,” she added.

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