Electronic Arts, the video game company behind the widely popular Madden game series, apologized for omitting Colin Kapernick’s name in a Big Sean song featured on the “Madden NFL 19” soundtrack.
“We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack,” EA said 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.”–EA Statement
Halfway though the song, “Big Bank”, Big Sean says this in his verse:
“Feed me to the wolves, now I lead the pack and s—. You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.”
But a Twitter user pointed out that the reference to Kapernick was left out of the soundtrack, and that tweet quickly went viral.
Big Sean called the move “disappointing and appalling”. Kapernick thanked him for his support.
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾 https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
EA’s statement did not move Kaepernick fans, who believe the former 49ers quarterback is the victim of a broad conspiracy to blacklist him and keep him off the football field.
Kapernick has sued the NFL, alleging wealthy and influential team owners have colluded to ensure he doesn’t get signed by any pro team. That case is pending.