Woman’s Voice Played Over San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Before Padres Game; Team Apologizes

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The San Diego Padres issued an apology on Sunday amid criticism by a gay men’s chorus over the way members were treated during the national anthem for Saturday night’s game against the Dodgers.

There were 100 members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus on the field to sing the anthem, but a woman’s voice — believed to be that of Friday’s anthem singer — was played over the PA system while the men stood on the field.

The Padres released a statement expressing regret over what happened.

“This evening, during the pregame ceremony, a mistake was made in the Petco Park control room that prevented the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus from performing the national anthem as scheduled. We apologize to anyone in the ballpark who this may have offended, and have reached out to the Chorus to express our deep regret for the error.”

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