Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Anthem flap leads to 76ers meeting

PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers held a team meeting Thursday and might 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, N.J., 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."

The Sixers play at home Saturday against Atlanta.

Streeter, 30, who was born in Haines City, said 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. "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.

Coach Brett Brown said there are several options on the table: "We understand the situation, and we respect the social issue involved. … As a group, we will try to find a way to deal with this."

BULLS 105, CELTICS 99: Dwyane Wade scored 22 in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their opener.

HAWKS 114, WIZARDS 99: Dwight Howard dominated the boards with 19 rebounds in his debut for host Atlanta and Paul Millsap led the scoring with 28 points.

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