A singer who thoroughly mangled the “Star-Spangled Banner” is apologizing for how badly he performed the song.
Some people felt that North Carolina High Point Rockers employee Chuck Hayworth was purposefully making fun of the nation’s anthem.
But Hayworth has been left apologizing for the seriously bad rendition of the song.
Hayworth delivered his disrespectful version of the song last Sunday during the Rockers game against the Sugar Land Skeeters.
During the song, Hayworth sang off-key, shouted, and forgot the lyrics multiple times.
Before we go on, here is Hayworth’s version o the national anthem:
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Members of the sports media totally slammed Hayworth.
Sports writer Terez Owens panned the performance writing, “I don’t even know who this guy is, but he should never sing anything ever again.”
Barstool Sports called the video, “Quite possibly the worst rendition of the National Anthem of all time.”
For his part, Hayworth has apologized and offered an explanation.
WFMY-TV reported that Hayworth said, “To all who attended the game today, my sincerest apologies.
“Our singer could not attend today’s makeup game,” Hayworth continued. “I stepped in, but did not realize that the heat had gotten to me. My leg began to cramp sand [sic] you saw what happened. By no means was this any disrespect to our country or our organization, nor all those who serve it.
“Needless to say they have banned me from singing ever again at BB&T,” he said. “I at least tried to continue with on field for the double games but was happy to see see all of you.”
The team also apologized:
The High Point Rockers had a last-minute fill-in for their National Anthem singer who fell ill. The performer volunteered to fill-in on short notice following a last-minute audition. Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors, the rendition was not up to organizational standards. The High Point Rockers regret the incident and apologize to any and all Americans. The Rockers also believe that second chances are uniquely American and thus are offering that opportunity to the performer. Since Sunday night, numerous voice coaches have reached out to the performer and the organization, offering their services to help redeem the last-minute performer. As a result, the team will strongly consider having the performer back later in the 2019 season, based upon a consensus opinion of the voice coach, organization and performer. Any update will be released at a later date.
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