Despite a “long and popular relationship” with Kate Smith, the Philadelphia Flyers have cut ties with the late singer and removed her statue from outside their arena.
The move comes as some of Smith’s songs from the 1930s have come under scrutiny in the past week for containing racist language and references.
The New York Yankees have not played Smith’s version of this season after the lyrics were brought to the attention of team officials.
by halting the playing of “God Bless America” on the scoreboard and covering the statue of Smith outside the Wells Fargo Center.
On Sunday, the team issued a statement acknowledging some of the lyrics in Smith’s songs “are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable