SAN DIEGO, CA (WTXF/STORYFUL) - The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was supposed to perform the National Anthem at Sunday’s San Diego Padres vs. LA Dodgers game – but it didn’t happen. Instead, there was embarrassment.
The group had been invited. Singers were even assembled on field. That’s when suddenly, they were replaced by a recording.
This footage shows the 100-man choir forced to stand in place as the recording plays.
According to a report by ESPN, the incident was called a “technical error” by Billy Bean, Major League Baseball’s vice president of social responsibility and inclusion.
Since then, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus used Facebook to issue a formal statement and call for an investigation.
According to the group’s statement, “No attempt to correct the situation occurred, other than to force the 100 men to stand in the spotlight of center field for the song’s duration and then be escorted off the field to the heckles of baseball fans shouting homophobic taunts including ‘You sing like a girl.’”