Members of the Baker’s Dozen, the renowned, all-male a cappella singing group from Yale, are pummeled outside a New Year’s Eve party after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The attackers allegedly include graduates from Sacred Heart Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and best-known private schools.
Of course, I naturally assumed the attack on these boys was because they dared sing our National Anthem in the City by the Bay.
Ah, but no…. it appears those tolerant folks in the Bluest of Blue America… went after the guys in a gay-bashing rage…. in San Francisco! *shocked*
The 16 singers showed up late to the party wearing preppy sport jackets and ties, and launched into “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
A couple of uninvited guests started mocking them, and allegedly the words “faggot” and “homo” were tossed — and so were a couple of punches.
According to [Reno] Rapagnani [host of the party] and others, the Yale kids barely made it around the corner when they were intercepted by a van full of young men.
“They were surrounded, then tripped — and when they were on the ground, they were kicked,” Rapagnani said.
To the police, who were out in force to keep a lid on New Year’s, it looked like just another drunken brawl. But according to Rapagnani, “This was not a fight — it was an attack.”
Meanwhile, Sharyar Aziz Jr. was taken by paramedics to San Francisco General Hospital, and later had to undergo reconstructive surgery in New York for a broken jaw that will remain wired shut for eight weeks. Another unidentified Yale student sought treatment for a concussion, and a third for a swollen ankle and other abrasions.
Great, just great.! I actually have to be in San Fran in less than two weeks for work. I guess I better not wear a tie, look cleaned up, or sing the National Anthem. Maybe I’ll attend all of my business functions dressed as a homeless bum. Heck, I might get a San Fran taxpayer-funded stipend out of it!