EA Sports has censored a mention of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a song featured in Madden 19.
The song ‘Big Bank’ by YG, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj is one of the 31 songs selected by EA. The original verse by Big Sean goes like this: “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.”
However, according to this video by IGN, this is how it sounds with Kaepernick’s name entirely removed in Madden 19.
?“You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick”
Wait, did Madden bleep out Kap? ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 2, 2018
It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL & @EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word. When he's not a curse, he's a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.
— Sean Don (@BigSean) August 2, 2018
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!?? https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
— Chris Paul (@CP3) August 2, 2018
Colin Kaepernick is a controversial figure in football and politics for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, which was the last year of his contract with the 49ers. His protest sent ripples throughout the NFL, and other players began taking the knee, attracting ire from conservative figures and Donald Trump, who tweeted below his disdain of the matter.
At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
Following his departure from the team, Kaepernick remained unsigned, leading him to file a grievance against the NFL and it’s 32 owners last October. The case is ongoing.
As reported by ESPN, EA states that they made an “unfortunate mistake” with their Madden NFL soundtrack. “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.”
Radio Personality and Kaepernick’s partner, Nessa, also pointed out that EA did the same thing to Kaepernick in Madden 18 for the song ‘Bars of Soap’ by Mike WiLL Made-It featuring Swae Lee as well.
They did mean it, bc they did it TWICE. @EASPORTS @EAMaddenNFL TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS you scrubbed @Kaepernick7 ‘s name from songs.Last year was“Bars of Soap”&this year“Big Bank.” Who told them to do the scrubbing? Was it the @nfl ? https://t.co/8dza58aFWV… https://t.co/zpgTVJ7F0B
— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2018
Look what happened when we tried to play with Kaepernick in an old version of Madden pic.twitter.com/M1w2P7p1RZ
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 3, 2018
Electronic Arts, you have some more explaining to do.