EA: Removing Colin Kaepernick’s name from Madden soundtrack ‘an unfortunate mistake’
Electronic Arts has released a statement to clarify that the company did not intentionally delete Colin Kaepernick’s name from a song it licensed for its latest Madden iteration. .
The video game giant received major backlash when it was unveiled by a Twitter user that Kaepernick’s name was censored from the song “Big Bank,” by YG, which is used in the soundtrack for “Madden NFL 19.”
“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack,” EA claimed in a statement issued Thursday evening. “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.”
Big Sean, who is featured on the song and spits the verse that references Kaepernick, weighed in on the issue before EA released its statement. Kaepernick later thanked Big Sean, replying to a tweet.
Big Sean references Kaepernick approximately halfway through his verse, saying, “Feed me to the wolves, now I lead the pack and s—. You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.”
Kaepernick has drawn both ire and undying support for drawing attention to social injustice issues, beginning during the 2016 NFL season by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem as a means of peaceful protest. In 2017, he pursued free agency but never received an offer. He’s since filed a collusion case against the NFL and its 32 owners. The outcome of that case is still pending.