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Padres: National Anthem Mix-Up With Gay Men's Chorus Due to Error

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Chin-Hui Tsao #59 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after walking a batter during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 21, 2016 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 3-2. (Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 03:12 PM

The Padres apologized to the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus after a scheduled performance of the national anthem was prevented by what the team said was a "control room" error.

According to The Associated Press, the chorus said on its Facebook page that 100 of its members gathered to perform the song before the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers 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 that the group received "homophobic taunts" while being escorted off the field.

Chorus members called for the Padres and Major League Baseball to investigate 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." The Padres said they'd reached out to the chorus "to express our deep regret for the error."

Billy Bean, an MLB vice president for social responsibility and inclusion, tweeted Sunday that "it was very unfortunate that there was a technical error" that prevented the chorus from performing but added that the Padres "have supported our inclusion message at MLB without hesitation." Bean, a former Padres player, revealed he was gay in 1999, four years after his final major league season.

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