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It appears he may also be temporally absent from Madden NFL 19.
Mr. Changing Lives @jeanclervil
bad enough @Kaepernick7 still not signed, but now they even edit his name out in this year’s @EAMaddenNFL during @BigSean verse, smh https://t.co/3nvkB26z5r
A video posted on Twitter early Thursday morning appeared to show the game had edited out the part of Big Sean’s verse that mentions Kaepernick on YG’s “Big Bank,” which is on the game’s soundtrack.
EA Sports typically edits sensitive or vulgar content from games to keep its E Rating. Big Sean’s original verse reads, “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” In the video posted, only Kaepernick’s name is edited from the verse.
Colin Kaepernick @Kaepernick7
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾 https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
EA Sports would eventually release a statement explaining what happened (via ESPN’s Darren Rovell):
“We made an unfortunate mistake with our 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 I right, with a 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.”
Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, tweeted out the video and called the move “shady.”
Oh!!!!! @EAMaddenNFL who told you to edit Colin’s name out???? @nfl ? @NFLPA Curious minds want to know 👁 Thanks Jean for the info!!! If you guys see more shady stuff send it over. https://t.co/EIBQbaQ5SA
A source close to YG told TMZ Sports that the rapper was unaware of the censoring, is “not happy” and wanted the song played unedited in the game.