All four of the Tenors, a Juno-award-winning group based in British Columbia, are seen singing “O Canada” in video shot at the opening of the game, in San Diego, up until the line “in all thy sons command.”
At that point, one Tenor, later identified as Remigio Pereira, changed the lyrics to “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great,” while the other three stood by.
Pereira also held up a sign saying “all lives matter” while singing the altered lyrics. His three co-singers — Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef — later released a statement calling him a “lone wolf” who used the performance “to serve his own political views.”
The statement said the other members of the group are “shocked and embarrassed” and are deeply sorry for what they call the “disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group.”
Although the audio wasn’t crystal-clear at the park, many fans reacted with surprise. The Canadian anthem wasn’t shown live on U.S. television, but it aired in Canada, where the decision to change the words drew a whirlwind of criticism on social media.
“Our sincere apologies and regrets go out to everybody who witnessed this shameful act, to our fellow Canadians, to Major League Baseball, to our friends, families, fans and to all those affected,” the statement continued.
“What the actual heck? Who are these Tenors clowns freestyling with our Canadian anthem?” another Twitter user said.