Man fired by Padres for national anthem controversy gains support from LGBT community
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Padres fired DJ Artform, whose real name is Art Romero, in response to the national anthem controversy with the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus that occurred Saturday night. Romero issued an apology via Facebook since the incident, calling it an "unfortunate mistake," and that he was "appalled" at homophobic remarks that stemmed from that moment.
"I have felt the consequences of my mistake as my dream job has dissolved before my eyes which does not take away that I am extremely sorry for the horrible mistake that occurred," Romero wrote.
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has since asked the Padres to reinstate Romero, as has gay former City Council member Carl DeMaio.
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"We also would like to publicly accept the sincere apology of DJ Artform and recognize his support for the LGBT community and equality for all people," the chorus said in a statement following Romero’s apology. "We do not wish to see him lose his job with the San Diego Padres and kindly ask the Padres to reinstate him. Everyone deserves a second chance."
The Padres have not released a statement in regards to giving Romero his job back, declining comment until the MLB completes their investigation into the incident.