R&B Songstress Sevyn Streeter took to social media on Wednesday (Oct. 26) practically in tears after being banned from performing the national anthem at the 76ers game in Philadelphia.
She was slated to sing before the Sixers' season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but she said in an interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday Sevyn was told she would not sing.
"I'd say two minutes before we were about to walk out ... the organization told me that I could not wear my shirt while singing the national anthem at their game,'' the R&B singer said by phone. "I was never given any kind of dress code. I was never asked beforehand to show my wardrobe."
The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled, ESPN reports. "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," the Sixers said in a statement.
The NBA had no comment.
The singer, born Amber Denise Streeter, said she was extremely hurt by the NBA team's actions.
"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry, and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart,'' she said. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that.
The national anthem has been a major point of contention in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand citing racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest.
Dozens of other athletes from high school to professional levels have also joined in. The decision to stop Sevyn did not go over well with the players, TMZ reports.
One player who wishes to remain anonymous says the decision to not let Sevyn sing has rubbed him the wrong way.
It's not like there's a locker room revolt in the works -- but as one team source puts it, "The organization owes Sevyn an apology and we hope that happens soon."