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FILE - This Jan. 1, 2017, file photo shows then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick speaking at a news conference after the team's NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif. Pete Carroll said the Seattle Seahawks have not closed the door on the possibility of adding Kaepernick to their roster, but how much further they pursue it may depend on the upcoming NFL draft. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned workout for Kaepernick. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Colin Kaepernick could go unsigned for the second straight NFL season since he began protesting police brutality and inequality by kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 season. 

It appears he may also be temporally absent from Madden NFL 19.

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.

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.”

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. 

 

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