Padres under fire for mishandling gay chorus’ anthem

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is criticizing the San Diego Padres for mishandling the group’s scheduled performance of the national anthem before a game Saturday.

The chorus said on its Facebook page that it gathered to perform the song 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 the group received “homophobic taunts” while being escorted off the field.

Chorus members want an investigation into 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.”

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