EA Sports Removes Colin Kaepernick’s Name From Lyrics in ‘Madden NFL 19’

Bryan Brandom
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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.

As one might expect, this came to the attention of both Big Sean … 

… and Kaepernick.

“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.

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.

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.