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EA apologizes for censoring Colin Kaepernick’s name in ‘Madden 19’

His name will be un-edited in an update.
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EA has now apologized for removing Colin Kaepernick's name from a song included in the soundtrack of Madden 19. The game's soundtrack features the YG song "Big Bank," in which Big Sean says in a verse, "Feed me to the wolves, now I lead the pack and shit. You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick." But in the soundtrack, Kaepernick's name is censored, a move that was called out yesterday on Twitter.

"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack," EA said in a statement. "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 said on Twitter that neither he nor his team approved the censor and called the move "disappointing and appalling." Kaepernick thanked the rapper for his support.

Kaepernick has drawn both widespread support and heated criticism for his decision to kneel during the national anthem as a protest over social inequality. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said in 2016. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way." Last year, Donald Trump took to Twitter to scold those participating in the protests -- a move that led a number of NFL players and teams to join Kaepernick and others. "To have the president trying to intimidate people -- I wanted to send a message that I don't condone that," Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas said at the time. "I'm not OK with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important."

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