Colin Kaepernick’s name apparently has been edited out of a song on the soundtrack for the EA Sports video game “Madden 19,” which is set to be released on Aug. 10.
Sep 1, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters
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A Twitter user with the handle @jeanclervil posted a video Thursday with the song “Big Bank” by rapper YG playing within the game. Like many songs on the E-rated game, several lyrics are edited out for content and profanity.
So is the quarterback’s name, which normally appears in the song in a line that reads, “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.”
Kaepernick’s girlfriend, radio and TV personality Nessa, retweeted @jeanclervil’s tweet and commented, “Oh!!!!! @EAMaddenNFL who told you to edit Colin’s name out???? @nfl ? @NFLPA Curious minds want to know. Thanks Jean for the info!!! If you guys see more shady stuff send it over.”
TMZ Sports reported Thursday, citing sources close to YG, that the rapper was unaware his track would have Kaepernick’s name edited out of the game version. The report adds YG supports Kaepernick and is trying to find out who approved the edit.
After news emerged about the edit in this year’s version of the game, others discovered that “Madden 18” also had a song on its soundtrack with the quarterback’s name removed.
“Bars of Soap” by artist Mike WiLL Made-It normally includes a line reading, “She be hopin’ that I take a knee like Kaepernick, yes,” but the words “like Kaepernick” were scrubbed from the Madden version.
That edition of the game was released in August 2017, two months before Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL after being unable to find a team that would sign him. In between the release of the game and the filing of the grievance, the debate about protests during the national anthem — which Kaepernick started in August 2016 — was thrust into the spotlight by comments from President Donald Trump at a rally in Alabama in September.
The NFL has attempted to distance itself from anthem protests, and it passed a new policy this offseason requiring players who are not in the locker room to stand during the anthem, but the policy has been put on hold while the league and NFL Players Association discuss the matter. Trump has continued to voice his opinion on the subject, praising Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for requiring his players to stand for the anthem.
The league has licensed “Madden NFL” since “Madden NFL ‘94” was released 1993, allowing the game to use its names, logos, stadiums, etc. The game was previously known as “John Madden Football” since it debuted in 1988, when it used teams that loosely resembled actual NFL teams.
—Field Level Media