San Diego Padres under fire for mishandling gay chorus’ anthem
SAN DIEGO (AP/WCMH) – The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is criticizing the San Diego Padres for mishandling the group’s scheduled performance of the national anthem.
The chorus said on its Facebook page that 100 of its members gathered to perform the song before the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers when the Padres instead played the recorded voice of a woman singing the anthem. Their statement said no attempt was made to stop the recording and that the group received “homophobic taunts” while being escorted off the field.
Chorus members called for the Padres and Major League Baseball to investigate whether anyone intentionally played a woman’s voice “with the purpose of denigrating and/or ridiculing gay men.”
The Padres issued a statement Saturday night saying a mistake was made that prevented the chorus from performing and that “we apologize to anyone in the ballpark who this may have offended.” The Padres said