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Streeter performs national anthem in ‘We Matter’ shirt
By Associated Press
Published December 21, 2016
Sevyn Streeter sings the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sevyn Streeter sings the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sevyn Streeter performed the national anthem wearing a “We Matter” jersey before the Philadelphia 76ers’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

The R&B artist had been scheduled to sing before the 76ers’ home opener in October, but was scratched by the team two minutes before the performance because she was wearing a “We Matter” T-shirt.

Sevyn Streeter, center, sings the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sevyn Streeter, center, sings the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The organization, following backlash from players and other members of the organization, apologized to Streeter two days later and invited her to sing at a future game.

Streeter came to center court on Friday in a black jersey with the words “We Matter” above the No. 7. She received applause upon her introduction and cheers when she completed the song.

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