76ers on Sevyn Streeter controversy: 'We are sorry'

Sevyn Streeter attends the 2016 Billboard Power 100 Celebration at Bouchon Beverly Hills on Feb. 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Philadelphia 76ers issued an apology on Friday over the controversy surrounding its decision to bar performing artist Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem over the shirt she wore.

The statement reads:

"We are sorry that this happened. After receiving feedback from our players, basketball operations staff and ownership group, we believe that the wrong decision was made, and Sevyn should have been welcomed to sing. We apologize to her, and in an effort to move the conversation forward, we have reached out to offer her an opportunity to return and perform at a game of her choice. We are waiting to hear back."

On social media Wednesday night, as the game between the 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder pressed on, Streeter posted a 10 second video detailing what happened.


"I'm at the 76ers game singing the national anthem and the organization is telling me I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey," she said.

Streeter spoke more about the incident to a New York radio show Thursday morning.

"I was about to go out and sing the anthem that I've done a sound check for and everything and they just come in and tell me that I cannot wear that shirt while singing the national anthem at this game," Streeter siad.

Streeter told the Associated Press she was never given a dress code.

She was offered a 76ers jersey to wear, but declined. So, the team brought in a member of the 76ers Dance Team to sing the anthem.

A source says Streeter was hired under a contract that does not allow the performer to use the team to further a personal agenda: political, social or commercial.
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