With that giant flushing sound being NFL television ratings circling down the drain, a pro basketball franchise has decided that they want nothing to do with the national anthem protest nonsense. The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers pulled the plug on singer Sevyn Streeter’s planned rendition of the Star Spangled Banner over her plan to wear a jersey with the slogan”We Matter” across the front. Streeter – who is black – was left to whine to the media over her protest gesture being stymied and rumbles about racial persecution have begun.
Scheduled national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter said she was told by the 76ers she could not perform on Wednesday night because of her “We Matter” jersey.
She was slated to sing before the 76ers’ season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but she said in an interview with The Associated Press late Wednesday that she was told she would not sing just minutes before her performance.
“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 76ers organization has done a very commendable thing in drawing a line over the divisive antics that have swept the country since oppressed multi-millionaire Colin Kaepernick chose to publicly spit on the flag. It should serve as a good example for others who are looking for a way to staunch the bleeding and stop hemorrhaging fan support due to many being turned off by the hostile takeover of sports by racial grievance pimps.
ESPN goes on:
A team representative met with 76ers players Thursday to explain what happened, and multiple players came away from the meeting upset by what they were told, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
“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 has chosen to not comment but members of the very well paid basketball squad itself are unhappy and indicate that they will themselves be engaging in some form of protest.
According to Billboard “76ers Players Weighing How to Respond to Sevyn Streeter National Anthem Controversy”:
The Philadelphia 76ers held a team meeting Thursday (Oct. 27) and may take action in the wake of the organization’s decision to cancel the national anthem performance by a singer wearing a “We Matter” jersey.
Sevyn Streeter said she was told by the team she could not perform the anthem before Wednesday night’s season opener because of the slogan.
The Sixers players met at their practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, and are considering whether to respond to Streeter’s cancellation.
“Everybody expressed their emotions about it,” forward Robert Covington said. “We want to take steps about it. We just don’t know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things.”
How about just shutting the hell up and playing? There is certainly no shortage of extremely wealthy celebrity ingrates who despite making millions playing freaking games who somehow seem to believe that they are oppressed victims. It’s time to put an end to this attention grabbing scam that has already gone on far too long.