By Alexander Best
EA Sports is receiving a slew of backlash today following a decision to remove the name of Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick from the lyrics of a song on the upcoming “Madden 19.”
The omission was originally discovered by Twitter user “@jeanclervil”, who tweeted a recording of the edited song from an advanced copy of the game, set to officially release Aug. 10. Nessa Diab, Kaepernick’s girlfriend, also caught wind of the edit and publicly questioned the decision on social media.
“Ohh!!! @MaddenNFLwho 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,” Diab tweeted early Thursday.
The song in question, “Big Bank” by YG featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, is one of several featured on the game. Kaepernick’s name was edited from a line in Big Sean’s verse:
“Feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and s—/ You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick”
Apparently, Kaepernick’s name was also edited out of the previous edition, “Madden 18”, as well, despite him being included in the game as a free agent.
In Madden 18, Mike Will Made It and Swae Lee’s “Bar of Soap” includes the line, “she be hopin’ I take a knee like Kaepernick,” which was absent from the game, The Washington Post reports.
As of Thursday, EA Sports or the NFL has not released an official statement on the matter.
The backlash of the edit on social media increased after YG caught wind of the edit spoke out on social media, stating he had no knowledge of the edit and was surprised.
Kaepernick has been engulfed in controversy since kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice in 2016, the last time he appeared in a regular season game.
The ex-quarterback is currently in a legal battle with the league after suing the NFL’s 32 owners for collusion in Oct. 2017.