Baseball fans are furious after the lyrics of Canada’s national anthem were changed ahead of the MLB All-Star game Tuesday night — by a Canadian music group.
The Tenors switched the anthem’s words to include “all lives matter” during their performance in San Diego.
One band member, Remigio Pereira, held up a sign with the controversial statement.
“We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great,” Pereira sang, replacing the original lyrics, “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free.”
The Tenors’ performance wasn’t televised in the U.S., as the FOX network cut to a commercial break instead — but social media users noticed the lyric change almost immediately.
Twitter users called the group’s version “disrespectful,” and many promised to boycott the band.
The B-C-based singing group The Tenors say they are “deeply sorry” for the political statement made during the singing of O Canada before the Major League Baseball All-Star game.
In a statement, members of the quartet blame an altered lyric on group member Remigio Pereira, saying he changed the anthem to “serve his own political views,” and will not perform with them “until further notice.”