MLB calls Padres’ gay chorus incident ‘product of human error’

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Padres under fire for national anthem mixup
Thursday May 26th, 2016

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Major League Baseball has completed its investigation into the San Diego Padres’ gay chorus incident from last weekend.

On Saturday, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was mistakenly drowned out as it attempted to sing the national anthem before the Padres’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As the 100-member chorus started to sing, a pre-recorded anthem with the voice of a woman started to play.

The team conducted an internal investigation into the matter, but found no evidence of malicious intent on the part of the employee responsible for the mistake. MLB’s Department of Investigation later performed its own investigation, but claimed the incident was “a product of human error” due to the lead entertainment supervisor’s involvement in a car accident Friday and inability to be present at Saturday’s game.

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The Padres have extended an invitation for the chorus to perform the anthem again at a later time.

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