UPDATE: Electronic Arts, better known simply as EA, responded after facing backlash for censoring Colin Kaepernick’s name in a rap song used in the new “Madden NFL 19” game.
In a statement released on Twitter Thursday evening, EA referred to the controversial omission as an “unfortunate mistake.”
“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 said. “We messed up, and the edit should never have happened.”
The company vowed to “make it right” with an update to the game that will include the Kaepernick reference.
Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, however, didn’t buy the company’s half-hearted apology nor the excuse that it was done in error.
She took to Twitter to note that this is actually the second year that they edited the ex-NFL player’s name out of a song on the soundtrack. But the edit went largely unnoticed the previous year so they got away with it.
It’s NOT a screw up when you @EAMaddenNFL did it two consecutive years. You scrubbed @Kaepernick7 ‘s name last year on the song “Bars of Soap” and THIS year on “Big Bank.” DID the @NFL tell you to scrub his name out TWICE? https://t.co/dvpfOF3EOF https://t.co/dwnAsHJ8i1— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2018
They did mean it, bc they did it TWICE. @EASPORTS @EAMaddenNFL TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS you scrubbed @Kaepernick7 ‘s name from songs.Last year was“Bars of Soap”&this year“Big Bank.” Who told them to do the scrubbing? Was it the @nfl ? https://t.co/8dza58aFWV… https://t.co/zpgTVJ7F0B— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2018
. @EAMaddenNFL @EASPORTS is avoiding answering how they scrubbed @Kaepernick7 ‘s name in songs for TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS.Stop lying&tell the truth on who told you to do scrubbing. @nfl ?Look @ the attached clip from an article below.That’s why they are scared https://t.co/x05mGjBiYu— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2018
Kaepernick co-signed his girlfriend’s remarks by retweeting them from his own profile. He also retweeted a video published on YouTube by Sports Gamers Online which claims to reveal “the truth” behind why Kaepernick references have been getting scrubbed and other ways that the game has limited his presence even prior to him being out of the league.
While Kaepernick certainly deserved a public apology from the gaming company, it appears he is not accepting the paltry excuse they've provided for their actions.
Nevertheless, this controversy has surely given him more ammunition for his ongoing collusion case against the NFL.
Ex-San Francisco 49er's quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed from the NFL since he started the "Take a Knee" movement by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.
But now, the league is being just plain petty by omitting his name from a song that was used in the EA Sports video game, “Madden NFL 19.”
After parting ways with the 49ers, Kaepernick was never picked up by another team and remains unemployed. Although teams have made various excuses for not hiring him, it is widely believed that his controversial peaceful protest is the reason. His choice to kneel was the catalyst to the ongoing saga involving the NFL, players, and President Donald Trump.
As a result of this seemingly calculated exclusion, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the league of collusion. He alleged that several NFL executives, including commissioner Roger Goodell, conspired against him to keep him from being signed onto a team.
With all of this dispute and turmoil underway, it’s difficult to believe that the omission of the former athlete’s name from a song was simply a coincidence.
The video game features the song “Big Bank” by rappers YG, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj. In it, Big Sean says the line, “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” Apparently, Kaepernick’s name to the NFL is as equally taboo as an expletive because it was muted out like one in the lyric.
The omission was first brought to light by Twitter user “Mr. Changing Lives” and was retweeted by Kaepernick’s girlfriend and radio personality Nessa Diab.
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. https://t.co/EIBQbaQ5SA— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 2, 2018
After the news began to gain traction, YG and Big Sean spoke out against the decision, maintaining that they were not notified and had not approved of his name being scrubbed.
‼️‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/27KhyzrjJe— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 2, 2018
‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/eTLaF2tOP5— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 2, 2018
It's bad enough the NFL has ostracized Kaepernick from the league for simply speaking out against injustice. Now with this move, it appears they want to completely erase him and his legacy as a professional athlete.
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