Padres issue a second statement following the Gay Men’s Chorus debacle


Yesterday we told you about Saturday night’s incident at Petco Park in which the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ rendition of the National Anthem was headed off by someone in a control room at Petco Park playing a recorded version of a woman singing the National Anthem. The Chorus stood there on the field, doing nothing, and then was escorted off with no explanation given to the crowd and some fans in the crowd jeering the Chorus.

After the game the Padres issued a statement apologizing, but the Chorus was still upset and demanded an investigation into what happened and why. Last night the Padres issued a second statement:

“After a thorough examination of the events that occurred during last night’s National Anthem, we have concluded our internal investigation and have found no evidence of malicious intent on the part of any individuals involved. Based on both the unintentional mistake that was made, as well as the failure to immediately intervene and correct the situation by those who had oversight, we have terminated our relationship with the third-party contractor who was responsible for the error, and taken disciplinary action against our employee who was responsible for the game production on Saturday.

We once again sincerely apologize to members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, their families and those who came out to support their Pride Night performance. The Padres organization is proud of our longstanding commitment to inclusion — within both our sport and our community. We deeply regret that a mistake on our part has called this into question, but accept full responsibility.”

Following the statement, the Padres indicated that the Chorus has been invited back for a do-over:

No word if the invitation has been accepted.