Colin Kaepernick, the controversial quarterback formerly of the San Francisco 49ers who jumpstarted protests against police violence across the NFL, just can’t catch a break. First, league owners allegedly colluded in blacklisting him from getting signed to a team, according to a lawsuit that Kaepernick’s pursuing, and now Madden NFL 19 is throwing some shade, even if said shade was unintentional, according to the developer.
One of the tracks on the Madden 19 soundtrack is YG’s “Big Bank,” which features the Big Sean line “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” The weird thing was that the part of the line that mentioned the quarterback’s name was censored.
The inadvertent diss was first captured by a Twitter user with early access to the game before several third-party outlets verified the omission.
— Mr. Changing Lives (@jeanclervil) August 2, 2018
EA responded to the backlash this omission received almost immediately, releasing a statement to Gamastura that claimed the development 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 have never happened.”
EA went on to say that an update set to roll out on August 6th would put Kaepernick’s name back in the song. However, it seems this update has already rolled out, as we have independently verified that the quarterback’s name is already back in the song. The developer also publicly apologized on the series’ official Twitter account.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 3, 2018
The weird thing is that this is reportedly the second year in a row that Kaepernick’s name has been removed from a track in a Madden game. Madden NFL 18 featured the song “Bars of Soap” by Mike WiLL Made-It, which mentions Kaepernick by name. Pro Football Talk reported that Kaepernick’s name was removed from that track as well, presumably when the game still had the rights to include his likeness.
This also leads to an obvious question: If EA knew there would be a problem with mentioning Kaepernick’s name in their games, why choose to include tracks that mention him at all?
If you aren’t taking a proverbial knee on the series, you can pick up Madden NFL 19 when it launches on August 10th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.