Colin Kaepernick's Name Officially Patched into Madden 19 Soundtrack

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2018

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A reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been added back to the Madden NFL 19 soundtrack in rapper YG's song "Big Bank."

On Tuesday, TMZ Sports reported Kaepernick's name, which was initially removed from the video game, has been re-added ahead of Madden's release date Friday.

"Feed me to the wolves now I lead the pack and s--t," the verse in question reads. "You boys all cap, I'm more Colin Kaepernick."

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com provided a statement from EA Sports last week about Kaepernick's original omission:

"We made an unfortunate mistake with our Madden NFL soundtrack. 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."

The 30-year-old free-agent QB is currently involved in a collusion grievance against the NFL. He's argued the league's owners have colluded to prevent him from signing with a team after starting the protests during the United States national anthem before games in August 2016.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media at the time. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Although NFL owners approved a plan in May that would have fined teams that had a player kneel during the anthem and allowed the teams to punish players, implementation of the policy is on hold after the league and the NFLPA reached a "standstill agreement," pending further discussions.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick was scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks in April, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the meeting was postponed when the quarterback refused to give the organization assurance he wouldn't kneel during the anthem if signed.


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