Major League Baseball's investigation into a Saturday incident at Petco Park in which the Padres played a track of a female singing the national anthem over the top of a live performance by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is calling the matter the product of human error.
The performance was part of the Padres' "Pride Night," but the situation resulted in the chorus being embarrassed while on the field. The group posted this statement on its Facebook page Sunday despite having performed for the team before:
"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.' "
MLB's investigation, however, found that the Padres' lead entertainment supervisor was absent after a Friday car accident and that the employees left to handle the matter were taking on unfamiliar duties. "The employees involved had not malicious intentions and, in fact, universally relayed contrition for how the incident unfolded and the adverse impression that it created."