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Carlos Santana appeared to mess up the national anthem before Game 2 of NBA Finals

Carlos Santana performed the national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
Carlos Santana performed the national anthem before Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Associated Press

Maybe this was just a case of Carlos Santana taking creative license with the national anthem. Of course, that’s usually a no-no, even if you are a Grammy Award-winning guitar legend.

Santana played the national anthem Sunday ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and he seemed to repeat a verse.

After playing “O’er the ramparts we watched, Were so gallantly streaming,” Santana went back and played “Whose broad stripes and bright stars.”

Take a listen:

There have been far worse renditions, but Santana’s error didn’t go unnoticed.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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