Early Madden NFL 19 users noticed quarterback Colin Kaepernick wasn’t in the video game. No big deal, he didn’t play at all last season.
But those same users noticed that Kaepernick’s name was edited out of a lyric from the song “Big Bank” by YG and Big Sean like you might expect an expletive be treated.
“You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.”
The discovery caused outrage among the public, the artist and the former quarterback before EA Sports issued an apology Thursday night.
The company released a statement Thursday night saying the removal of Kaepernick’s name from the soundtrack was the result of a misunderstanding.
“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,” EA Sports said in a statement on Twitter. “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, YG and Big Sean, to the NFL, to all of their fans and our players for this mistake.”
But other users pointed out that Kaepernick’s name was actually scrubbed from a song from the Madden NFL 18 as well.
In 2016, Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest to raise awareness about racial injustice. Following the season he opted out of the final year of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and has gone unsigned since.