Fired Padres DJ calls Gay Men's Chorus anthem incident 'an unfortunate mistake'

Baseball The DJ fired by the Padres in the wake of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus short-circuited performance of the national anthem over the weekend calls the incident "an unfortunate mistake."Members of the chorus issued a statement saying they were humiliated and then taunted by some fans when, after they were assembled on the field Saturday, a recording of a woman singing the anthem played. MORE: The most controversial players in historyOn Monday, the day after a Padres investigation concluded that DJ ArtForm (real name: Art Romero) was responsible, he wrote on his Facebook page that he accepted responsibility but was adamant that it was, in fact, a mistake and not an act of hate: “My deepest apologies and sincere regret toward the entire San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus & the LGBT community for the incident that occurred during the National Anthem. It was a very unfortunate mistake but it was just that, an error. I in no way, shape or form directed any type of hate, bad intent or discrimination towards the chorus or anyone involved. The incident was not a representation of myself, San Diego, & it’s amazing Baseball fans."I have felt the consequences of my mistake as a dream job has dissolved before my eyes which does not take away that I am extremely sorry for the horrible mistake that occurred. I have family members & friends that are a part of the LGBT community and I have always been a supporter of Equal Human Rights, so it pains me greatly to see that I am being accused of acting intentionally. As a former high school and college baseball player, I understand the importance of ensuring equality for all in sports and am appalled by some of the negative, homophobic comments made by fans related to the National Anthem incident."I have reached out to LGBT leaders in San Diego and am currently in discussion regarding a meeting with the Chorus and LGBT leaders personally in order to be as constructive as possible about the error. I’ve let down my city, my family and everyone who had faith in me. Once again, I’m truly sorry for this entire ordeal. DJ ARTFORM" says it is investigating the— Mike Dee (@PadresMikeDee) May 23, 2016Chorus director Bob Lehman said during a radio appearance Monday on 1090 AM in San Diego that Romero's firing wasn't the intent of his statement that called for an investigation into the incident."That was never my goal," Lehman said. "Our goal was not to tear down and hurt anyone. Our goal was to make something positive and build something up."The Padres say they have invited the chorus back to perform the anthem.