The Major League Baseball investigation into the "Out at the Park" error says it was all human error, not malicious
The Major League Baseball (MLB) organization released the results of their personal investigation into the Gay Men’s Chorus’ “Out at the Park” snafu which happened last Saturday.
The MLB says that the investigation showed no evidence of malice and that the entire mishap was that of human error caused by inexperienced employees who lacked guidance from a supervisor who had been involved in an accident the night before.
Padres President and CEO Mike Dee had this to say today in a statement:
“The Padres wish to thank Major League Baseball for its work this week, and are pleased that its findings confirm the facts that we discovered during our own internal investigation.
As we have done this week, we will continue to work with San Diego’s LGBT community to strengthen and expand the club’s relationship with them.
Based on MLB’s findings, as well as the support of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, DJ Art Romero has accepted our invitation to continue to provide services for the team, in a role to be determined.
Finally, and most importantly, we appreciate the collaboration we have had this week with the LGBT community, and once again apologize for what took place during the performance of the National Anthem on Saturday night.”
You can read the entire findings of the MLB investigation in the release below:
"Major League Baseball announced today that it has completed its investigation into the unfortunate events of Saturday, May 21st, when members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus had been scheduled to perform the Star-Spangled Banner before the Padres’ “Pride Night” home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park.
The review, which was conducted by MLB’s Department of Investigations, included a dozen interviews with individuals who were involved in the situation.
The Department of Investigations has concluded that the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has performed the Star-Spangled Banner multiple times before a Padres game; that Saturday’s regrettable situation was a product of human error; that the situation was exacerbated by the fact that the lead entertainment supervisor was involved in a car accident on Friday night and thus was unable to work on Saturday and handle his typical responsibilities; that employees involved in the matter were handling new duties with which they were insufficiently familiar; and that the employees involved had no malicious intentions and, in fact, universally relayed contrition for how the incident unfolded and the adverse impression that it created.
MLB received the full cooperation of Padres management, which expressed its deepest apologies.
MLB believes that the Padres’ efforts to remedy the situation, including its invitation to the Chorus to return to a future game to perform the National Anthem, are appropriate and has every expectation that the Club’s longstanding record of inclusion will be evident in the future." - MLB
On Saturday, May 21, The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus was scheduled to sing at the LGBT event "Out at the Park." Due to a technical mishap the choir was preemted by a female voice singing the song in its entirety through the public address system.
What at first was thought to be perceived homophobia from the Padres by the SDGMC has now been deemed human error.
The sound technician, Art Romero (DJ Artform) was subsequently terminated over the mistake. The SDGMC worked hard to get him re-hired.