Tenors singer joins list of memorable anthem fails
Carl Lewis, Dwyane Wade, Roseanne among performers in off-key moments
Remigio Pereira of the Canadian quartet the Tenors created a controversy that touched both sides of the border when he changed the lyrics of O Canada to include the message "all lives matter" before Tuesday night's MLB All-Star Game in San Diego.
Pereira, though, is far from the first figure to raise eyebrows during the playing of a national anthem before a sporting event.
Here are some of the more memorable ones:
Prior to a playoff game this year against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA star, then with the Heat, rankled Canadians by continuing his warmup routine in Miami at the outset of the singing of O Canada.
The comedian and sitcom star delivered a shrill rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner before a 1990 San Diego Padres game, and threw in a few crass gestures (she said she was mocking ballplayers' habits) for good measure.
During the CFL's brief foray into Las Vegas in 1994, the curiously coiffed crooner got the words to O Canada right (he appeared to be reading them), but badly fumbled the melody.
In a scene that played out like one of those nightmares we've all had, the 24-year-old singer forgot the lyrics to the U.S. anthem before a 2005 U.S.-Canada hockey exhibition in Quebec City. She fled for the tunnel to collect herself, returned to the ice and, incredibly, slipped and fell flat on her back. That's usually when you wake up in a cold sweat.
Performing at a 2014 junior game in B.C., the operatic Vancouver Canucks anthem singer learned that the skating is best left to the players when he forgot about the red carpet draped over centre ice. Give Donnelly credit, though: he barely missed a beat.
Before a 1993 NBA game, the American track and field legend tripped over "rockets' red glare" ("Uh-oh!") then promised "I'll make up for it now." He didn't.
Let's end on a high note. When a young singer faltered prior to a 2003 Portland Trail Blazers NBA game, the coach stepped in to offer a comforting hand and help her through the rest of the song.