EA Says Omitting Kaepernick's Name Was 'Unfortunate Mistake'

Gerald Bowen
August 3, 2018

They called it "an unfortunate mistake" and said they would provide an update to the game that includes Kaepernick's name.

"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack", EA explained in a statement. We messed up, and the edit should never have happened.

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Big Sean, who makes a guest appearance in the song and performs the verse that references Kaepernick, weighed in on Thursday before EA issued its statement.

Big Sean posted on social media to say he was "disappointed and appalled" that the name was removed "like a curse word", adding: "He's not a curse, he's a gift". Nobody from my team approved any of this.

Kaepernick took to Twitter as well to thank Big Sean "for having my back".

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While that's been going on, a video that has made the rounds in the last day makes it sound like the league is using its well-renowned video game series to swipe at Kaepernick. It's odd that EA Sports chose to include a song referencing the controversial player in their 2019 version of the game.

Kaepernick responded, saying: "Much love brother!"

Pro Football Talk confirmed it had listened to the track on an advance copy of the game and the controversial quarterback's name is indeed left out. He sued the NFL's 32 franchise owners in October 2017, accusing the league's leaders of colluding to keep him off an NFL roster.

It raises other questions as well, naturally, so I've emailed EA for comment. What might surprise you is that the verse, which mentions former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, has been briefly muted in the new Madden to omit mention of the former player. More players began to partake in the protests as well, and even the President gave his input.

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