The track, “Big Bank” by YG featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, has a verse in which rapper Big Sean gives a shout out to Kaepernick. The original lyric, “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick” has the free agent football quarterback’s name very clearly edited out on the video game.
In response, EA released a statement on the official EA Sports Madden NFL Twitter account:
“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.”
Big Sean also commented on the matter, calling EA’s decision “appalling” and stating that “nobody from my team approved any of this.”
YG also spoke out on the matter and decided to take a knee with Kaepernick, and also donated to his charity.
Van Latham from TMZ,also decided to speak out on the matter, by creating a challenge. The money you would spend on the video game, donate it to the “know your rights camp” Over the weekend they raised $80,000.00!!
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Yo @vanlathan challenge accepted. I don’t play @eamaddennfl anyway. My donation to @kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp has been made. I’m calling on @amandaseales @rapsody @angelayee @troubleman31 @killermike @9thwonder and @djenvy to do the same!! Ok I’m out and I hate how my face looks in selfie mode. #KnowYourRightsChallenge