The Philadelphia 76ers apologized for pulling national anthem singer who was wearing "We Matter" shirt. The team released the following statement:
"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. Sevyn has accepted our offer to return to perform the national anthem on Friday, December 16th vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. 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 national anthem singer, Sevyn Streeter, released a statement in response:
"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. The Sixers and I plan to work together through multiple community outreach programs to promote inclusion and acceptance. Our first initiative will be with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, to whom they are graciously making a donation. I am also looking forward to returning to Philadelphia in December to perform the national anthem wearing my 'We Matter' jersey at the 76ers game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers."
Both statements come after the incident that happened at a home game against Oklahoma City.
"I'm at the 76ers to sing the National Anthem and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a "We Matter" Jersey. What??"
That was the tweet singer/songwriter Sevyn sent out to her almost 170,000 followers the same night, just minutes before she was to sing the national anthem at the 76ers home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.