As Colin Kaepernick alleges that the NFL colluded against him, the league’s licensed video game is strengthening his case.
“Madden 19” features rapper YG’s track “Big Bank,” but a reference to the former 49ers quarterback, who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, was edited out of Big Sean’s verse on the track.
— Mr. Changing Lives (@jeanclervil) August 2, 2018
As one might expect, this came to the attention of both Big Sean …
It’s disappointing and appalling @NFL & @EA took @Kaepernick7’s name out of my verse on Big Bank for Madden 19, like it was a curse word. When he’s not a curse, he’s a gift! Nobody from my team approved any of this.
— Sean Don (@BigSean) August 2, 2018
… and Kaepernick.
Much love brother! Thank you for having my back!✊🏾 https://t.co/yKz3nBMiPb
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 2, 2018
“Madden 19” will be released on August 10.
Once the removal of the activist‘s name came to light, EA Sports issued an apology, claiming a misunderstanding.
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) August 3, 2018
That excuse would be way, way more believable if the video game company didn’t do the same thing with Mike WiLL Made-It’s track “Bars of Soap” in “Madden 18,” which featured Kaepernick’s likeness.
— JaYLeel Starks (@YourAnAssholex2) August 2, 2018
Intentional or not, these revelations could serve as a coup for Kaepernick in court.
Because the league exclusively licenses EA Sports to produce the game, it is a piece of NFL merchandise.
And the censorship of his name, twice, including once before Kaepernick’s filing a collusion grievance against the league, suggests a fairly clear bias again him.