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76ers Cancel Sevyn Streeter’s National Anthem Performance Because Of Her “We Matter” Jersey

By Teonny Spears / Published on Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 11:46 AM / No Comments

For any artist, I think that singing the National Anthem for any major league sporting event is one of their biggest accomplishments, and for an artist like Sevyn Streeter, it was all she needed to showcase her amazing vocals. But that did not happen.

Sevyn took to her Twitter account to reveal that while she was scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers’ home opener Wednesday night against the Oklahoma Thunder, she did not get to do so, as the 76ers’ pulled the plug on her performance due to her “We Matter” jersey, minutes before she stepped on the court:

The 76ers organization later released a statement, confirming and defending their actions:

“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”

A member of the 76ers Dance Team was later selected to sing the anthem prior to the game.



About Teonny Spears

26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & introducing readers to new and rising talent. Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.