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Canadian Anthem Singers Apologize for ‘All Lives Matter’ Sign at MLB All-Star Game (Watch)

The Tenors perform O Canada before the 87th All-Star Game in San Diego (July 12, 2016).
The Tenors perform O Canada before the 87th All-Star Game in San Diego (July 12, 2016).

*The quartet that sang Canada’s national anthem during Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game is apologizing for their so-called “lone wolf” who changed a line in the song and held up a sign midway through the performance that read “All Lives Matter.”

The Tenors, based in British Columbia, were in the middle of singing “O Canada” before the game at San Diego’s Petco Park when one of the members held up the sign.

Remigio Pereira's holds up "All Lives Matter" sign during performance of O Canada before the 87th All-Star Game in San Diego (July 12, 2016).
Remigio Pereira’s holds up “All Lives Matter” sign during performance of O Canada before the 87th All-Star Game in San Diego (July 12, 2016).

This particular singer, Remigio Pereira, doubled down during his solo part. Instead of the normal lyric, “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free,” Pereira instead sang, “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great.”

Watch below:

According to the Associated Press, many fans in the stadium reacted with surprise when they saw the sign on the ballpark video scoreboard.

The Canadian anthem wasn’t shown live on U.S. television, but it aired in Canada, where the Tenors’ decisions lit up social media with overwhelming criticism of the change, the AP reported.

Tuesday night, The Tenors responded with a statement on Twitter, pointing to one member of the group who made the decision to change the lyrics: “The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a ‘lone wolf’ today during the singing of the Canadian national anthem,” said the tweet, adding that the rest of the group was “shocked and embarrassed.”

The group also said in the statement that Remigio Pereira, the singer who changed the words, “will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice.”

Pereira later tweeted his own apology: “I’ve been so moved lately by the tragic loss of life and I hoped for a positive statement that would bring us ALL together. ONE LOVE. That was my singular motivation when I said all lives matter.”

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