EA Sports Apologizes for Removing Kaepernick’s Name From Madden Video Game
Kaepernick's name was scrubbed from a rap song on the soundtrack for "Madden 19."
Not only is he shut out of NFL games, Colin Kaepernick is also being cut from NFL video games.
In a rap song that appears on the soundtrack of EA Sports’ “Madden 19” video game, Kaepernick’s name should have appeared in a verse by rapper Big Sean on YG’s song “Big Bank.”
However, as a Twitter user noticed, EA scrubbed Kaepernick’s name from the song.
— Mr. Changing Lives (@jeanclervil) August 2, 2018
Big Sean and Kaepernick himself found out about the omission and connected about it.
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾 https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
That, and more internet backlash, has already led to EA apologizing and vowing to make it right.
“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack,” EA said in a statement. “Members of our team misunderstood the fact that while we don’t have rights to include Colin Kaepernick in the game, this doesn’t affect soundtracks. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened. We will make it right, with an update to Madden NFL 19 on August 6 that will include the reference again. We meant no disrespect, and we apologize to Colin, to YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Kaepernick’s lawyers mention this in his ongoing collusion case against the NFL.
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